Isabelle Kluge, Ed.D., is a 2024 graduate of the Ed.D. program in Educational and Professional Practice at Antioch University.

Dr. Isabelle Kluge

Dissertation Committee:

  • Dr. Richard Kahn, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Dr. Emiliano Gonzalez, PhD, Committee Member
  • Dr. Tony Kashani, PhD, Committee Member


neurodiversity, special education, inclusive education, disability

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This theoretical multi-article dissertation is a broad examination of education, including trends in our school system, juvenile justice system, and cultural/media system to address the disproportionate targeted failure of students with disabilities from a neurodiversity standpoint. Research shows how our current education system is not the practice of freedom for all learners, but rather a reproductive practice that teaches forms of group-based privilege that results in the disproportionate outcome of school failure, oppression, and incarceration for students with disabilities. Creating liberatory learning spaces for neurodiverse students of all races must include challenging White supremacy, neurotypical superiority, and a standardized one-size-fits-all design approach to learning. Creating neuro-inclusive learning spaces requires a paradigm shift to include a broader understanding of forms of human diversity and to foster more positive ways of thinking about human differences within spaces of learning and teaching. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (


ORCID: 0000-0001-6262-9566


Dr. Isabelle Kluge is an inclusive neurodiversity affirming educator who specializes in teaching middle school and high school English. She is also a board-certified mental health coach, and a spiritual formation pastor at her church in Seattle, Washington.


Kluge, I. (In Progress). Resisting Hegemonic Representations of Disability and Neuro-Normativity in Culture and Media. In T. Kashani (Ed.). Meditations on Resistance: An Inquiry into AI, Critical Media Literacy, and Social Justice. Peter Lang Press.

Kluge, I. (In Progress). Dismantling the school to prison pipeline through antiracism and neurodiversity. Inclusive Practices.

Kluge, I. (2009). Richard P. Church, First Be Reconciled: Challenging Christians in the Courts. McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, Volume 11. 10.pdf