Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth Harkins

Professor • Special Education, Professional Counseling and Disability Studies

Elizabeth A. Harkins (Monaco), Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies at William Paterson University. She is currently the program director of the autism and developmental disabilities advanced master’s program. She is a former special education administrator, classroom teacher, and family advocate who has served students with autism and developmental disabilities, in a variety of settings. Dr. Harkins’ scholarly interests focus on the critical importance of social justice, intersectional pedagogy alongside teaching and learning strategies that combat implicit bias and incorporate multiple, overlapping social constructs. She also studies disability studies in education.


EdD , American International College ,

MEd , Lesley University ,

BA , University of Massachusetts, Amherst ,


Intersectional pedagogy, Disability Studies, Comprehensive sexuality education, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Autism

Licenses and Certifications

Supervisor/Director, State

Severe Disabilities (3-22), State

Moderate Disabilities (grades 5-12), State

Representative Publications

Neurodiversity and the culture of autism. ; Autism Spectrum Disorders: Advancing Positive Practices in Education, Fifth Edition; Routledge;

Incorporating intersectional needs of students: Disability, culture and inclusivity in schools; Rowman & Littlefield;

Infusing intersectional pedagogy into the cultural sustaining classroom. ; 2021

Sexuality Education for students with disabilities: A guide for practitioners and families. ; New York, NY; Rowman and Littlefield Publishing, Inc; 2021

Privilege, social identity and Autism: Preparing preservice practitioners for intersectional pedagogy. ; , DADD Online Journal; 2019

Representative Presentations

Guidance for the antiracist educator
Annual Conference Division on Autism and Developmental Disablities
, 2022

Infusing intersectional pedagogy into the cultural sustaining classroom.
Annual Conference Council for Exceptional Children
, 2022

Intersectionality in DADD
Keynote Address Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities
, 2022

Assessing Our Awareness: Tools for Developing Teachers' Cultural Competence.
Critical Conversations Webinar series Council for Exceptional Children
, 2021

Empowering Families By Utilizing Culturally Responsive Strategies in the Education of Children With Multi-layered Identities
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities
, 2021

Fellowships, Grants and Research

Assessing PreK-12 Teachers' Level of Awareness Regarding Students' Intersectional Identities
Assigned Release Time

By appointment