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Dean Adams

Clinical Assistant Professor

Criminology, Law, and Justice

Pronouns: he/him


Building & Room:

BSB 4050C


Dean Adams has a Ph.D. in Special Education with concentrations in Women and Gender Studies, and Disability Studies from Syracuse University. His current work has been in the areas of DisCrit (a framework that uses disability studies and critical race theory to examine how race, racism, dis/ability and ableism are infused into educational institutions); and analysis of the school to prison pipeline. He has written on topics such as, the school -to-prison pipeline, behavior management in schools, and the use of adversives in modifying behavior of youth in institutions. Dean is currently teaching courses that focus on issues relating to youth and the carceral system.

Selected Publications

Adams, D and Erevelles, N. (2017) Unexpected Spaces of Confinement: Aversive Technologies, Cognitive Disability, and the “Bare Life”. Punishment and Society.

Adams, D and Erevelles, N. (2015). Shadow Play: DISCRIT, Dis/Respectability and Carceral Logics. In Annamma, A.S., Connor, D., and Ferri, B. (eds.) DisCrit: Disability studies and critical race theory in education. NY: Teachers College Press.

Adams, D. and Meiners, E. (2014, reprinted 2018). Who wants to be special? Pathologization and the Preparation of Bodies for Prison. In Nocella II, A., Parmar, P., and Stovall, D. (eds.) Critical Urban Education: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Morgan, J. J. and Adams, D. (2013). Bullying and Students with Disabilities: The Bully, the Bullied, and the Misunderstood. In Miller, S., Burns, L., and Johnson, T.S. (eds.) Generation BULLIED 2.0: Prevention and intervention strategies for our most vulnerable students, New York: Peter Lang.

Adams, D. and Socha, K. (2012). Shocking into Submission: Suppressive Practices and Use of Behavior Modification on Nonhuman Animals, People with Disabilities and the Environment. In Bentley, J., Duncan, J., and Nocella, A. (eds.) Eco-Ability and Inclusive Education: Nature, Animals, and Disability. NY: Peter Lang Publishing.