Natasha M. Strassfeld
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Natasha Strassfeld is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the Pennsylvania State University.
Strassfeld's research goals are to examine and evaluate service delivery to parents and students with disabilities in the special education services and accommodations process. Her most recent qualitative research has examined social and cultural capital acquisition of minority parents and families during Individualized Education Program meetings. Her policy research has examined special education policy and law including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state special education voucher program legislation. Her recent collaborative research has analyzed longitudinal studies of disproportionate representation of minority students in special education. She has several peer-reviewed publications in education journals including Exceptional Children (forthcoming), Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, and The Peabody Journal of Education.
Prior to joining the NYU Steinhardt faculty, Strassfeld was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Previously, she represented low-income children and families as a public interest attorney. She has received funded fellowship grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the American Bar Association.