The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is dedicated to improving the lives of people on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other disabilities, across the lifespan through innovative social policies that foster inclusion into the mainstream of society. The Lurie Institute conducts cross-disciplinary research on disability policy in the United States with a special emphasis on autism, focusing on the lifespan of persons with disabilities and their families, and analyzing policy options for achieving the broadest integration of persons with disabilities into the mainstream of U.S. society, including their own voices in such analyses.

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy was created with a generous gift from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. Through research, policy development, education, and public engagement, the Lurie Institute provides a comprehensive approach to addressing disability issues across the lifespan. Brandeis’ ongoing scientific research into developmental disabilities, including autism, also informs the Institute’s activities.


The mission of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is to promote inclusive and effective policies that improve the well-being of children and adults with disabilities and their caregiving families.

Now Hiring: Disability Policy Faculty Position

We are currently inviting applications and recommendations for a faculty position in Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Researchers interested in this position should have research and teaching expertise in disability policy, a record of funded research, and a history of public engagement. Disability policy is a broad field, and we welcome applicants with different focuses, including health, poverty, employment, housing, intersectionality, and civil rights.

As a faculty member, you will be responsible for conducting externally funded disability policy research, publishing your research findings in scholarly journals and policy publications, teaching and advising graduate students, serving on PhD dissertation committees, contributing intellectual and strategic leadership to the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and developing and implementing research fundraising strategies to support our educational and scholarly mission.

Candidates should have the following qualifications: a doctorate or other terminal degree in the social sciences, with evidence of distinction in disability policy; a scholarly understanding of disability policy in the United States or internationally; experience with raising external funds for research programs; and a body of published work in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly and policy outlets. Apply here using the Brandeis job portal. 



Just released: The Lurie Institute's 2018 Achievement Report

The Lurie Institute welcomed renowned disability-rights activist Judy Heumann to Brandeis on March 7, 2019. View the complete presentation on video!  

Monika Mitra, PhD, was named Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy in September 2018. 

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Hon. Jonathan Brant ’68 Fellowship, which provides financial support for the research and policy efforts of doctoral students affiliated with the Lurie Institute.


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