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Anani Vasquez

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Learning, Literacies and Technologies
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


Ananí M. Vasquez is a doctoral candidate in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies program at Arizona State University. She is a former elementary teacher and teacher coach who combines her experiences in general, bilingual, gifted and special education(s) to envision an inclusive education. Ananí draws on creativity theory, disability studies in education, the neurodiversity paradigm, process philosophy and arts-based inquiry while working with others towards post-oppositional educational transformation. She is an associate editor for Current Issues in Education, an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal.


M. A. E. Special Education, 2002 (University of Phoenix)

Specialization: Learning Disabilities


B. A. in Education, Summa Cum Laude, 1996 (Arizona State University)

Major:  Elementary/Bilingual Education Specialization: Spanish

Research Interests: 

Anani's specialization is in Neurodiversity and Creativity in Education and Research Methods. She is working on a team with ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, ASU's School of Art, Media and Engineering and the Neurodiversity Educational Research Center on Telematic Embodied Learning for autistic students/students with autism, an NSF funded project. Anani is also working with a team of doctoral students and early career professors on developing the first Idea Potluck of Creative Play, an (un)conference for educators interested in creativity research. Her dissertation will include professional learning opportunities focused on micromoments as potentially generative for the development of inclusive educational environments. Anani's research methods could be described as creative learning and as multi-modal thinking-doing. 

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ECS 310Found Typic/Atypical Child Dev
Honors / Awards: 

Arizona State University (ASU) Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Research Grant, Spring 2020

University Graduate Fellowship, Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Spring 2019

Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship, Arizona State University, Fall 2018- Spring 2019

You Make A Difference Award- Osborn School District, Phoenix, Arizona 2001-2002



Associate Editor, Current Issues in Education, August 2020- present

Editorial Assistant, Education and Treatment of Children Special Issue, 42(4), 2018

Professional Associations: 

American Educational Research Association (AERA) 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)




The Association for the Gifted (TAG) Diversity, Equity and Access Committee, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), standing committee member, 3-year term, May 2020-April 2023.

Autism Spectrum Research Committee, American Educational Research Association (AERA), October 2019- present

NAGC Diversity and Equity Committee, 3-year term, September 2019- 2022

LLT Representative, ASU Teachers College Doctoral Council (TCDC), May 2019- May 2020