Professor Connor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Hunter College, a member of faculty at large of the Urban Education Doctoral Program at the Graduate Center, and an instructor in the Disability Studies Masters Degree Program at the School of Professional Studies. Before teaching college, he worked for eighteen years as a teacher, teacher coach, and professional development specialist for New York City Department of Education.
Professor Connor has authored over twenty articles in diverse journals including Teaching Exceptional Children, The Journal of African American History, Disability & Society, The Journal of Learning Disabilities, and The International Journal of Inclusive Education.
He has written three books: Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates (2006), co-authored with Beth Ferri); Urban Narratives: Life at the Intersections of Learning Disability, Race, and Social Class (2008); and Rethinking Difference: A Disability Studies Approach to Inclusive Practices, co-authored with Jan Valle (forthcoming, 2010). Professor Connor’s interests include topics within special education (e.g. overrepresentation of students of color, disability categories, inclusive education), learning disabilities, dis/ability studies, teacher education, effective classroom practices, urban education, and qualitative research. He will be discussing research methods used in his first two books.