Donna Ford, Ph.D.

Donna Y. Ford is a Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the university’s Department of Special Education as well as its Department of Teaching and Learning. Her research/writing focuses on multicultural/urban education of minority children and youth and practices of recruiting and retaining students of color in gifted and Advanced Placement programs.

She is the author of several books and more than 200 publications and co-founded the Scholar Identity Institute for Black Males at Vanderbilt. In 2014 she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Literature Instruction in recognition of publication of her book, Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education.

 Professor of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Areas of Expertise: Education, special education, youth of color, multicultural classroom practices, African-American identity, African-American family involvement, recruiting and retaining students of color in gifted education

Contact Information


Phone: (615) 322-4460

Twitter: @donnayford