James A. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies
of the Center for Multicultural Education
at the University of Washington,
Seattle. He is a specialist in multicultural education and in social studies
education and has written widely in these book fields. He is a past president
of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National
Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). He was a Spencer Fellow at
the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford during
the 2005-2006 academic year. He is a member of the National Academy of
include Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies,8th Edition
(Allyn and Bacon); Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives,
6th Edition (With Cherry A. McGee Banks) (John Wiley & Sons); Cultural
Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum and Teaching, 5th
Edition (Allyn and Bacon); An Introduction to Multicultural Education,
4th Edition (Allyn and Bacon); Multicultural Education, Transformative
Knowledge, and Action (Teachers College Press); Educating
Citizens in a Multicultural Society, 2nd Edition(Teachers College Press); Diversity
and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives (Jossey-Bass); and
Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks
Professor Banks is the editor, with Cherry A. McGee Banks, of the Handbook
of Research on Multicultural Education, published by Jossey-Bass.
This landmark publication is the first research handbook on multicultural
education to be published. In 1997, it received the Book Award
from the National Association of Multicultural Education. The second edition
of the Handbook was published by Jossey-Bass in 2004. He is an
author on the Macmillan-McGraw-Hill social studies program for grades
K through 7.
Banks has written over 100 articles, contributions to books, and book
reviews for professional publications. He has contributed to such journals
as the Educational Researcher, Phi Delta Kappan, Social Education,
School Review, Educational Leadership, The Journal of Negro Education,
and the Educational Review (British). He served as guest editor
of an issue of the Phi Delta Kappan which focused on "The
Imperatives of Ethnic Education” (1972). He was guest editor of a section
in the April 1983 issue of the Phi Delta Kappan, "Multiethnic
Education at the Crossroads." A section that he guest edited, "Multicultural
Education: Progress and Prospects," appeared in the September, 1993
issue of the Phi Delta Kappan.
Banks edited the National Council for the Social Studies 43rd Yearbook,
Teaching Ethnic Studies: Concepts and Strategies. He served
as chairperson and senior author of the National Council for the Social
Studies Task Force which authored Curriculum Guidelines for Multiethnic
Education, a National Council for the Social Studies position statement.
This publication was the recipient of the 1977 Eleanor Fishburn Award
given by the Education Press Association. The revised version of this
document was published in 1992 with the title, Curriculum Guidelines
for Multicultural Education.
1986, Professor Banks was named a Distinguished Scholar/Researcher on
Minority Education by the American Educational Research Association
(AERA) Committee on the Role and Status of Minorities in Educational R
& D. He received that Committee's Distinguished Career Award in 1996.
In 1994, he was the recipient of the AERA Research Review Award.
In 1998, he received the Teachers of English of Other Languages, Inc.
(TESOL) 1998 Presidents’ Award. In 2001, he received the National Council
for the Social Studies Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies
In 2004, Professor Banks was the first recipient of the newly established
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Social Justice in Education
Award for a career of research that advances social justice through education
research. In 2005, he was awarded the UCLA Medal from the University of
California, Los Angeles, the University’s highest honor. He delivered
the 29th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington
in 2005, the highest honor given to a professor at the University (Click
to view the lecture online). He also received in 2005 a
Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University. In Fall, 2007, Professor Banks was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
elementary school teacher, Professor Banks received his Bachelor's degree
in elementary education and social science from Chicago State University
and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in these fields from Michigan State
University. Professor Banks has served as a consultant to school districts,
professional organizations, and universities throughout the United States
(including Hawaii and Alaska) and in Canada, England, the Virgin
Islands, Guam, The Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Israel, Portugal, Japan,
China, and Ireland.
Banks was awarded a Spencer Fellowship by the National Academy of Education
in 1973. In 1975, he was appointed by HEW Secretary Casper W. Weinberger
to serve on the National Advisory Council on Ethnic Heritage Studies of
the United States Office of Education. In 1982, he presented a paper in
the Netherlands in a conference co-sponsored by the governments of the
Netherlands and the United States. In June, 1983, he lectured in British
universities in a lecture tour sponsored by the British Academy. Professor
Banks was Visiting Professor of Education at Monash University in Melbourne,
Australia in 1985.
During the 1976-77 academic year, Professor Banks studied multi-ethnic
education programs in Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, and Great Britain.
In 1980, he was awarded fellowships by the Kellogg and Rockefeller Foundations.
Dr. Banks' research on African American children who grow up in predominantly
White suburban communities was summarized in the New York Times
on July 30, 1984 and published in the Journal of Negro Education (Winter,
1984) (Click here to view the journal article).
1982, Professor Banks was the Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished
Lecturer. In 1989, he was the Ganders Distinguished Lecturer at
Syracuse University. In 1991, he was the Hill Visiting Professor
in the General College, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Professor
Banks gave the Charles H. Thompson Lecture at Howard University in 1995.
He gave the Sachs Lectures at Teachers College, Columbia University in
1996; and was the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Eminent Scholar Lecturer
at Florida State University in 1998.
1990, Professor Banks gave the Freshman Convocation Address at
the University of Washington. In 1996-97 he was a member of the
National Research Council Committee that authored Improving Schooling
for Language-Minority Children: A Research Agenda.
Professor Banks’ work has been widely honored. He has received honorary
Doctorates of Humane Letters from six colleges and universities: Bank
Street College of Education (New York City); University of Alaska (Fairbanks);
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside; DePaul University (Chicago); Lewis
and Clark College (Portland, Oregon); and Grinnell College (Iowa).
Professor Banks' biography appears in the Dictionary of International
Biography, Contemporary Authors, Leaders in Education, Who's Who in American
Education, Men of Achievement, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America,
and Who's Who in the World. For additional biographical information, please see: James Albert Banks, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. (Click here to link to the information).