Abby Emerson

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


Harkins Hall 325


Ed.D. - Teachers College, Columbia University

Brief Biography:

Abby C. Emerson, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Special Education. Her research and teaching centers on antiracist and abolitionist teacher education, a critique of whiteness in education spaces, parenting as a site of social change, and arts-based research methodologies. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher for 10 years in NYC public schools. During that time she was named the 2018 National Association for Multicultural Education’s Critical Teacher of the Year. Her writing about teaching and learning can be found in Radical Teacher, Whiteness and Education, Review of Research in Education, and Bank Street Occasional Paper Series. She completed her dissertation inquiring into the antiracist teacher learning happening in NYC schools between 2012-2022. In this qualitative work she used visual arts-based methods during data collection, analysis, and presentation.

Teaching Philosophy:

Teaching should be critical, inclusive, and transformative. The purpose of education is to bring about justice and support individual student growth, which is best done in community with others.