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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

November 2013 - American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL
Presented paper Combating Isolation With Online Connections: How Autism Parents Build Online Communities

October 2013 - Teachers College Conference On the Future of Anthropology in
Schools of Education, New York, NY 
Presented paper Difficult Conversations about Race Between Aspiring School Leaders

November 2012 - American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA
Presented paper Creating Dialogue about Individual Differences In Anthropology and Bioethics Curricula: A Case Study of Autism

April 2011-The Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle, WA
Presented paper Doing the Ethnography of Autism

February 2011-Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA
Presented paper Learning and Living the Medical Model Through Everyday Interactions with Institutions

November 2010-American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA
Presented poster Webs of Significance: Exploring a Web of Autism