Chris Kliewer, Ph.D.

Office Location: 

Schindler Education Center 121
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0601


BS Elementary Education, Iowa State University
MA Special Education, Syracuse University
Ph.D. Teaching and Leadership, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise 

Early childhood inclusive education
Literacy development in young children with and without disabilities
Qualitative research
Ethnographic research

Research Interests 

Co-Director UNI Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language, & Learning
Participating in several projects related to the literacy and communication development of students with significant developmental disabilities
Inclusive education
Family advocacy

Selected Publications 

Kliewer, C., Biklen, D., & Petersen, A. J. (2015). At the end of intellectual disability. Harvard Educational Review, 85, 1-28.

Kliewer, C. (September, 2013). Helping children with disabilities develop language and literacy. ExpertBeacon (

Kliewer, C. (2008). Seeing all kids as readers: A new vision for literacy in the inclusive early childhood classroom. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Kliewer, C. (2008). Joining the flow: Fostering written language learning in young children with significant developmental disabilities through the four currents of literacy. Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities.

Kliewer, C., & Biklen, D. (2007). Enacting literacy: Local understanding, significant disability, & a new frame for educational opportunity. Teachers College Record, 109, 2579-2600.

Kliewer, C., Biklen, D., Kasa-Hendrickson, C. (2006). Who may be literate? Disability and
resistance to the cultural denial of competence. American Educational Research Journal, 43, 163-192.