James Banks


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James A. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received a BE in social science education from Chicago State University and a MA and a PhD in social science and education from Michigan State University. Banks is a leader in the fields of social studies education and multicultural education. His publications include Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching (Sixth Edition); Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society (Second Edition); Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education; Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks; The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education; and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (4 Volumes), published by Sage. Banks is the co-editor of Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education, a book sponsored by the National Academy of Education. Banks is a past president of the National Council for the Social Studies and of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He received the AERA Research Review Award in 1997, the AERA Social Justice Award in 2004, and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. President’s Award in 1998. He has honorary degrees from the Bank Street College of Education, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, DePaul University, Lewis and Clark College, and Grinnell College. Banks received the Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies in 2001, the UCLA Medal in 2005, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University in 2005. He was a Spencer Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2005-2006. Professor Banks was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2007. http://insidetheacademy.asu.edu/james-banks

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