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Juliette L. de Wolfe

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., M.Ed, George Mason University
M.A., Ph.D., Teachers College

Scholarly Interests

Disability studies, special education programming, special education policy, autism spectrum disorders, family studies

Selected Publications

biographical information

Dr. Juliette de Wolfe is an educator and researcher working with families and disability. She completed a bachelor's degree in Anthropology at George Mason University while working for Fairfax County Public Schools. She then pursued a master's degree in Special Education, focusing on the education of K-12 students with Emotional and Learning Disabilities. During this time she also worked in a Preschool Inclusion/Head Start class and served as a lead teacher in self-contained and inclusion classrooms for first and second grade students with disabilities.

In 2013 she received a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in Anthropology and Education, studying various family and school-related issues surrounding children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. She has worked as an adjunct lecturer teaching Cross-Cultural Studies and Approaches to Literacy for teachers of children with special needs, and as the Assistant Director of a principal preparation program at Teachers College, where she also advised aspiring principals through their internships and taught a course on Intercultural Awareness in schools. Most recently she has provided special education instruction in Northern Virginia.

professional presentations



FC de Wolfe, J. Parents of Children with Autism: An Ethnography. Palgrave Press.

2013 de Wolfe, J. Working with Parents of Urban Learners with Special Needs. In Urban
Special Education: The New York Experience. Christopher Yawn and Festus Obiakor,   eds. Kendall-Hunt.


IP de Wolfe, J. Culture and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Ed. 

IP Varenne, H. and de Wolfe, J. Living with Autism - A Sketch in Six Conceits. Department of Anthropology, Teachers College.

2013 de Wolfe, J. Cultivating Community through Mis-Information. Anthropology
News Online. Available at

2013 de Wolfe, J.  Between Being Wrong and Right - Figuring it Out. Anthropology News Online. Available at  

2012 de Wolfe, J. Thou Shalt Not Kill: Addressing Murder Through Direct Instruction. Anthropology News 53(10).

2012 de Wolfe, J. Closing the Interest Gap. Anthropology News 53(8).

2012 de Wolfe, J. New Orleans Education: Using Choice to Stack the Decks? Anthropology News 53(7).