Banks, James A.

University of Washington Education faculty James A. Banks

James A. Banks is the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies Emeritus and was the Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle (which was renamed the Banks Center for Educational Justice in 2018). He has written or edited 21 books in multicultural education and in social studies education. Professor Banks was president of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) in 1982 and president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 1997-1998. A former 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. 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, Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching, Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives, and Diversity, Transformative Knowledge, and Civic Education: Selected Essays. Professor Banks is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (Jossey-Bass), Citizenship Education and Global Migration: Implications for Theory, Research, and Teaching, 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 Banks delivered the 29th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington, the highest honor given to a professor at the University. The link to his home page is