- Ph.D. in education, University of California, Los Angeles
- Master of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
- B.S. in political science, Santa Clara University
Urban schooling, educational policy and politics, race and disability/intersectionality, knowledge mobilization/bridging research, policy and practice
- Served as a Congressional Fellow in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for Congressman Chaka Fattah
- Worked as a postdoctoral scholar on the “Special Education Leadership for Schoolwide Equity and Access” project at Arizona State University
- Served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research
- Tefera, A. A., & Voulgarides, C. K. (2016). Is education policy alleviating or perpetuating the racialization of disabilities?: An analysis of “Big P” and “little p” policies. Teachers College Record (Yearbook), 118(14). ID Number 21541
- Voulgarides, C. K., & Tefera, A.A. (expected 2017). Reframing the racialization of disabilities in policy and practice. Theory Into Practice.
- Principal investigator (with co-principal investigators Alfredo J. Artiles & Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides) on William T. Grant Foundation funded study entitled, “Paradoxes and Inequities in Special Education and the Law.”
- Co-principal investigator (with principal investigator Gustavo E. Fischman and co-principal investigators Steven Zuiker and Kate Anderson) on Spencer-funded study entitled, “For whom and to what end is educational research ultimately directed? An analysis of knowledge mobilization strategies developed by schools of education.”
Dr. Adai A. Tefera’s research focuses on two complementary but distinct strands. The first examines how federal and state policies are mediated by local stakeholders in urban school settings and experienced by students of color and dual language learners with disabilities. To do this, she primarily uses an interdisciplinary approach, including tools from critical policy studies, sociology, and anthropology.
A second strand of her research focuses on knowledge mobilization — processes that aim to increase the accessibility and usability of research by focusing on multi-dimensional, interactive processes with diverse educational stakeholders. She is particularly interested in advancing knowledge mobilization efforts to enhance educational equity and opportunity for historically marginalized students.