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Mildred Boveda

Mildred Boveda

Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)

Professional Bio

Mildred Boveda, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the Pennsylvania State University. She is a former student and special education teacher of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In her scholarship, she uses the terms "intersectional competence" and "intersectional consciousness" to describe educators’ awareness and responsiveness to the complexity of students, families, and colleagues’ multiple sociocultural markers, which intersect in nuanced and unique ways. Dr. Boveda’s personal and professional experiences with education (in)equity in Florida and beyond are featured in multiple outlets, including In These Times, Telemundo, and The Miami Herald. Dr. Boveda is the co-editor of Review of Educational Research and the Programming Co-Chair for the Teaching and Teacher Education Division (Division K) of the American Education Research Association (AERA). She is a past president of the Division for Diverse and Exceptional Learners (DDEL) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and past chair of the Diversity Caucus for the Teacher Education Division of CEC. Dr. Boveda earned her Ed.D. in exceptional student education from Florida International University, and her Ed.M. in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2023, she received the DDEL’s Early Career Award and AERA’s Scholars of Color in Education Early Career Contribution Award.

Research Interests

Black feminist theory, intersectionality, special education, disability justice, teacher education, urban education