From the Personal to the Global: Engaging with and Enacting DisCrit Theory Across Multiple Spaces

David J. Connor, Beth A. Ferri, Subini A. Annamma

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This article serves as the introduction to a special edition of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Education (REE) dedicated to Disability Critical Race Theory (DisCrit). We begin by sharing the seven tenets of in DisCrit, acknowledging our indebtedness to scholars of color who originally developed theories of intersectionality. Next, we discuss ways in which, from its original publication in REE (2013), DisCrit has gained traction as a theoretical tool that is increasingly used in research and practice. Then, we briefly summarize and comment upon the eight featured articles in this special edition. Each article has been purposefully selected to reflect a broad scope of interests–from empirical research to theoretical papers seeking changes within schools, communities, teacher education programs, research practices, and global connections. All contributions are from the USA as a way to consider ways in which DisCrit is being utilized in one country, while encouraging further intra-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and global conversations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-606
Number of pages10
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021


  • DisCrit
  • Global South
  • Theory
  • interdisciplinary
  • intersectionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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