James A. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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 Education.
Professor Banks is a specialist in multicultural education and in social studies education and has written many articles, chapters, and books in these fields.
His books include Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies, Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum and Teaching, Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives, 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(Jossey-Bass) and the "Multicultural Education Series" of books published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
Professor Banks holds honorary doctorates from five colleges and universities and The UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University's highest honor.
In 2005, Professor delivered the 29th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington, the highest honor given to a professor at the University (Click here to view the lecture online). In Fall, 2007, he was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education. London & New York: Routledge, 2009. Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies. Boston: Pearson, Allyn & Bacon, 1975. Second Edition, 1979; Third Edition, 1984; Fourth Edition, 1987, Fifth Edition, 1991, Sixth Edition, 1997. Seventh Edition, 2003. Eighth Edition, 2009. Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum and Teaching. Boston: Pearson, Allyn & Bacon, 2001; 5th edition, 2006.
An Introduction to Multicultural Education. Boston: Pearson, Allyn & Bacon, 1994; Fourth Edition, 2008. Translated and published in Japan by The Simul Press, 1996. Translated and published in Greece, 2006.
Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society. New York: Teachers College Press, Second Edition, 2007.
Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks. London & New York: Routledge, 2006.
Books Edited with Authored Chapters
Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001; Seventh Edition, 2009.
Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley, Second Edition. 2003. Multicultural Education, Transformative Knowledge, and Action: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Teacher College Press, 1996.
Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2003.
Selected Book Chapters and Contributions to Books
"The Need for Positive Racial Attitudes in Textbooks." In Racial Crisis in American Education, edited by Robert L. Green, pp. 167-185. Chicago: Follett Educational Corporation, 1969.
"Liberating the Black Ghetto: Decision Making and Social Action." In Teaching About Life in the City, edited by Richard Wisniewski, pp. 159-183. Washington, D.C.: The National Council for the Social Studies (42nd Yearbook), 1972.
"Curricular Models for an Open Society." In Education for an Open Society, edited by Delmo Della-Dora and James E. House, pp. 43-63. Washington, D.C.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1974.
"Should Integration be a Societal Goal in a Pluralistic Nation?" In Controversial Issues in the Social Studies: A Contemporary Perspective, The NCSS 45th Yearbook, edited by Raymond H. Muessig, pp. 197-228. Washington D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies, 1975.
"Cultural Pluralism: Implications for Curriculum Reform." In Pluralism in a Democratic Society, edited by Melvin M. Tumin and Walter Plotch, pp. 226-248. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1977.
"The Implications of Multicultural Education for Teacher Education." In Pluralism and the American Teacher, edited by Frank H. Klassen and Donna M. Gollnick, pp. 1-30. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 1977.
"Values, Ethnicity, Social Science Research, and Educational Policy." In The Humanities in Precollegiate Education, edited by Benjamin Ladner, pp. 91-111. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. Eighty-Third Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education.
"Language, Ethnicity, Ideology, and Education." In Multicultural Education: A Challenge for Teachers, edited by Lotty V.D. Berg-Eldering, Ferry J. M. Rijcke, and Louis V. Zuck, pp. 33-51. Dordrecht, Holland: Foris Publications, 1983.
"Reducing Prejudice in Students: Theory, Research and Strategies." In Race Relations and Multicultural Education, edited by Kogila Moodley. Vancouver, B.C.: Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of British Columbia, 1985, pp. 65-87.
"Social Studies Teacher Education." In Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, edited by W. Robert Houston, Martin Haberman, and John P. Sikula, pp. 674-686. A project of the Association of Teacher Educators. New York: Macmillan, 1990. (With Walter C. Parker.)
"Multicultural Education: Its Effects on Students' Racial and Gender Role Attitudes." In Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learning, edited by James P. Shaver. Sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies. New York: Macmillan, 1991, pp. 459-469.
"Fostering Language and Cultural Literacy in the Schools." In Learning in Two Languages: From Conflict to Consensus in the Reorganization of Schools, edited by Gary Imhoff. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1990, pp. 1-18.
"A Curriculum for Empowerment, Action and Change." In Empowerment Through Multicultural Education, edited by Christine E. Sleeter. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991, pp. 125-141, ff. 311-313.
"Multicultural Education: Approaches, Developments, and Dimensions." In Education for Cultural Diversity: Convergence and Divergence, edited by James Lynch, Celia Modgil, and Sohan Modgil. London: The Falmer Press, 1992, pp. 83-94.
Richard C. Atkinson & Gregg B. Jackson (Eds). Research and Education Reform: Roles for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Washington, D. C.: National Academy Press, 1992. A National Academy of Sciences Report.(Contributing author)
"Multicultural Education: Historical Development, Dimensions, and Practice." In Linda Darling-Hammond, editor. Review of Research in Education, Volume 19. Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association, 1993, pp. 3-49.
"Multicultural Education for Young Children: Racial and Ethnic Attitudes and their Modification." In Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children, edited by Bernard Spodek. New York: Macmillan, 1993, pp. 236-250.
"Measures of Attitudes Toward School, Physical Self, Blacks, Whites, and Neighborhood." In Reginald L. Jones (Ed.) (1996).Handbook of Tests and Measurements for Black Populations. (Volume 1, pp. 249-259). Hampton, VA: Cobb & Henry.
"Measures of Assimilation, Pluralism, and Marginality." In Reginald L. Jones (Ed.) (1996). Handbook of Tests and Measurements for Black Populations. (Volume 2, pp. 269-282). Hampton, VA: Cobb & Henry.
Diane August & Kenji Hakua (Eds.) (1997). Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children: A Research Agenda.Washington, D. C. (A National Academy of Sciences Report) (Contributing author).
“Multicultural Education,” in Neil J. Smelser & Paul B. Baltes (Editors-in-Chief). International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Oxford: Pergamon.
“The Social Construction of Difference and the Quest for Educational Equality.” In Ronald S. Brandt (Ed.) (2000). Education in the New Century. Arlington, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD 2000 Yearbook), pp. 21-45.
"Researching race, culture and difference: Epistemological challenges and possibilities." In Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research, edited by Judith L. Green, Gregory Camilli and Patricia B. Elmore.Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 786-789.
Selected Journal Articles
"Utilizing the Historical Method in Social Studies." Instructor 77 (January 1968): 104-105.
Co-author (with Ermon 0. Hogan). "Inquiry: A History Teaching Tool." Illinois Schools Journal 48 (Fall 1968): 176-189.
"A Profile of the Black American: Implications for Teaching." College Composition and Communication 19 (December 1968): 288-296.
"Relevant Social Studies for Black Pupils." Social Education 33 (January 1969): 66-69.
"A Content Analysis of the Black American in Textbooks." Social Education 33 (December 1969): 954-957, p. 963 ff.
"Teaching Black History with a Focus on Decision Making." Social Education 35 (November 1971): 740-745, 820-821 ff.
"Curriculum Strategies for Black Liberation." School Review 81 (May 1973): 405-414.
"Teaching for Ethnic Literacy: A Comparative Approach." Social Education 37 (December 1973): 738-750.
Guest Editorial. "Cultural Pluralism and the Schools." Educational Leadership 32 (December 1974): 163-166.
"Ethnic Studies as a Process of Curriculum Reform." Social Education 40 (February 1976): 76-80.
"Pluralism, Ideology, and Curriculum Reform." The Social Studies 67 (May/June 1976): 99-106.
"The Emerging Stages of Ethnicity: Implications for Staff Development." Educational Leadership 34 (December 1976): 190-193.
"Multiethnic Education Across Cultures: United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, and Great Britain." Social Education 42 (March 1978): 177-185.
"Ethnicity in Contemporary American Society: Toward the Development of a Typology." Ethnicity 5 (1978): 238-251. (With Geneva Gay.)
"Shaping the Future of Multicultural Education." The Journal of Negro Education 48 (Summer 1979): 237-252.
"Cultural Democracy, Citizenship Education, and the American Dream." National Council for the Social Studies; Presidential address.Social Education 47 (March 1983): 178-179, ff 222-232.
"Black Youths in Predominantly White Suburbs: An Exploratory Study of Their Attitudes and Self-Concepts." The Journal of Negro Education 53 (Winter 1984): 3-17.
"Multiethnic Education and the Quest for Equality." Phi Delta Kappan 64 (April 1983): 582-585.
"Ethnic Revitalization Movements and Education." Educational Review 37, No. 2 (1985): 131-139. [Published in the United Kingdom]
"The Social Studies, Ethnic Diversity, and Social Change." The Elementary School Journal 87 (May 1987): 531-543.
"Ethnicity, Class, Cognitive, and Motivational Styles: Research and Teaching Implications." Journal of Negro Education 57 (Fall 1988): 452-466.
"The Dimensions of Multicultural Education." Multicultural Leader, 4 (Winter/Spring, 1991): 3-4.
"Multicultural Education: For Freedom's Sake," Educational Leadership, Vol. 49, No. 4 (December, 1991 /January, 1992), pp. 32-36.
"Teaching Multicultural Literacy to Teachers," Teaching Education, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall, 1991), pp. 135-144.
"African American Scholarship and the Evolution of Multicultural Education." Journal of Negro Education, (Summer, 1992), Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 273-296.
"The Canon Debate, Knowledge Construction, and Multicultural Education," Educational Researcher, Vol. 22, No. 5 (June-July, 1993), pp. 4-14.
"Multicultural Education: Development, Dimensions, and Challenges." Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 75, No. 1 (September, 1993), pp. 22-28.
"Multicultural Education and Curriculum Transformation." Multicultural Education, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 8-11.
"Transforming the Mainstream Curriculum," Educational Leadership, Vol. 51 (8), pp. 4-8, 1994.
"The Transformative Challenges to the Social Science Disciplines: Implications for Social Studies Teaching and Learning, " Theory and Research in Social Education, Vol. 23 (1), pp. 2-20, 1995.
"The Historical Reconstruction of Knowledge about Race: Implications for Transformative Teaching," Educational Researcher,Vol. 24 (2), pp. 15-25, 1995.
(With Cherry A. McGee Banks), "Equity Pedagogy: An Essential Component of Multicultural Education" Theory into Practice, Vol. 34 (3), pp. 152-158, 1995.
"Multicultural Education and Curriculum Transformation," The Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 64 (4), 390-400, 1995.
“The Lives and Values of Researchers: Implications for Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society.” Educational Researcher, Vol. 27 (7), pp. 4-17, 1998. (AERA Presidential Address).
"Citizenship Education and Diversity: Implications for Teacher Education." Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2001, pp. 5-16.
“Race, Knowledge Construction, and Education in the USA: Lessons from History.” Race, Ethnicity and Education, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2002, pp. 7-27.
"Remembering Brown: Silence, Loss, Rage and Hope." Multicultural Perspectives, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2004, pp. 6-8.
"Teaching for Social Justice, Diversity and Citizenship in a Global World." The Educational Forum, 68, 2004, pp. 296-305.