James A. Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was the Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington from 2001 to 2006. Professor Banks is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Council for the Social Studies. He is a specialist in social studies education and multicultural education and has written widely in these fields. His books include Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies; Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching; Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society; and Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks. Professor Banks is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education; The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education; Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives; and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, published by Sage in both hard and electronic editions. He is also the editor of the Multicultural Education Series of books published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. There are currently 58 published books in the Series with others in various stages of development. Professor Banks is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
Research by Professor Banks on how educational institutions can improve race and ethnic relations has greatly influenced schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and the world. Professor Banks has given lectures on citizenship education and diversity in many different nations, including Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, and New Zealand. His books have been translated into Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Turkish.
Examples of his articles are:
(1993). Multicultural Education: Development, Dimensions, and Challenges. Phi Delta Kappan, 75(1), 22-28.
(1993). Multicultural education: Historical development, dimensions, and practice. Review of Research in Education, 19, 3-49.
(1993). The canon debate, knowledge construction, and multicultural education. Educational Researcher, 22(5), 4-14.
(1998). The lives and values of researchers: Implications for educating citizens in a multicultural society. Educational Researcher, 27(7), 4-17.
(2008). Diversity, group identity, and citizenship education in a global age. Educational Researcher, 37(3), 129-139.
(2015). Failed citizenship, civic engagement, and education. Kappa Delta Pi, 51(4), 151-154.
(2016). Expanding the epistemological terrain: Increasing equity and diversity within the American Educational Research Association. Educational Researcher, 45(2), 149–158. doi: 10.3102/0013189X16639017.
Please click following links to watch a lecture and interviews with Professor Banks:
Inside the Academy Video Archive and Interview
The 29th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington
Interview at Western Illinois Univeristy
Founder of Multicultural Education