H. Rutherford Turnbull III

Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Primary office:
3111H Haworth Hall


Rud Turnbull is the Marianna and Ross Beach Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Special Education.  He co-founded and co-directed the Beach Center on Disability. Rud’s research interests focus on policy analysis of a range of disability-related issues that tie to our nation’s top policy agenda for individuals with disabilities – full participation, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and equality of opportunity. Along with Ann Turnbull, he was identified as one of 36 individuals who have “changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the 20th century.” Rud has received leadership awards from more than 8 national disability organizations.

Research Interests

  • Special education law and policy
  • Mental disability law and policy
  • Policy analysis and citizens with disabilities
  • Ethics of professional intervention with citizens with disabilities
  • Families of citizens with disabilities

Academic Degrees

  • LI.M.,  Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969
  • LI.B/J.D.,  The University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 1964
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1959


Special education law, disability law, and public policy analysis.

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