Curt Dudley-Marling
Professor Emeritus


  • Language acquisition
  • Reading and literacy
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Curt Dudley-Marling was a special education teacher for seven years before earning his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dudley-Marling is professor emeritus at Boston College where he taught courses in language and literacy. His scholarly work focuses on language and literacy, disability studies and classroom talk. Much of his work stands as a critique of deficit perspectives that implicate the families, culture and language of students living in poverty in their high levels of school failure. His current research examines the effect of evidence-based discussion in elementary classrooms, particularly for students who are presumed to be at risk for educational failure. Dudley-Marling is former co-editor of the National Council of Teachers of English’s journal Language Arts and former chair of NCTE’s Elementary Section. In 2014 he was honored as the first Kate Welling Distinguished Scholar in Disability Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.