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 examines the ways in which parents navigate the special education and accommodations process via legal and policy mechanisms, racial/ethnic disparities in how students are (mis)identified for special education placements and services, and special education and related services within the juvenile justice setting.
She has peer-reviewed publications in leading education journals including Exceptional Children, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, and Teacher Education and Special 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 grant fellowship and research funding from the Spencer Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Bar Association.