Ethnic Studies Publications

Ancestral Knowledge book cover with green and blue coloringAncestral Knowledge Meets Computer Science Education - Sandoval, Cueponcaxochitl D. Moreno
Examines one of the most segregated fields in education, computer science, towards centering the experiences of Indigenous Peoples. Argues that in order to create a sustainable and just world of producers and consumers, Indigenous struggles must be at the center of knowledge production in computer science. Nurtures the interweaving of two seemingly disparate worlds to build Critical Ancestral Computing for Sustainability. For more publications from Dr. Cueponcaxochitl, visit her website.

Critical Collective Consciousness: Ethnic Studies Teachers and Professional Development - Sacramento, Jocyl
We know little about the challenges districts and teachers face when establishing Ethnic Studies courses. In one school district, variation in teachers’ Ethnic Studies knowledge impeded the production of curricula and its implementation. This study examines how Ethnic Studies teachers responded to the problems of differential knowledge and orientation on race, power, and teacher positionality in the context of high school classrooms. Based on participant observation and semi-structured interviews, I argue that a praxis-oriented approach to teacher professional development can play a central role in preparing Ethnic Studies teachers. 

Book cover of ethnic studies review with brown backgroundFifty Years of Ethnic Studies: Foundations, Challenges, and Opportunities - Bañales, Xamuel
Special issue on the 50th anniversary of Ethnic Studies for the Ethnic Studies Review, published by the University of California Press. Co-edited by Dr. Xamuel Bañales and Dr. Leece Lee-Oliver, the special issue features over twenty essays that engage with the foundations, meanings, and/or futurity of Ethnic Studies, illustrating critical dialogues and efforts to maintain the field as a liberatory project.

Toward an Ethnic Studies Pedagogy: Implications for K-12 Schools from the Research - Sacramento, Jocyl
In direct contrast to Arizona’s criminalization of Ethnic Studies in Arizona, the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution to support Ethnic Studies in their schools. As schools across the country begin to place Ethnic Studies courses on their master schedules, the lack of preparation and education to support effective Ethnic Studies teaching has emerged as a problem. Therefore, the central questions addressed in this paper are: What is Ethnic Studies pedagogy? and What are its implications for hiring and preparing K-12 teachers? This is a conceptual article that builds upon existing research studies to investigate the pedagogy of effective K-12 teachers of Ethnic Studies. From this literature, we identify several patterns in their pedagogy: culturally responsive pedagogy, community responsive pedagogy and teacher racial identity development. 

Book cover of ethnic studies review with brown backgroundTrailblazing a Movement, An Interview with Black Student Union Co-founders Jerry Varnado and James Garrett - Roaf, Mary
This essay includes an interview with Black Student Union co-founders Jerry Varnado and James Garrett in which they reflect on their leadership roles and personal experiences at San Francisco State in the 1960s as well as the events around the student-led strike and subsequent founding of the School of Ethnic Studies. They also discuss their wider activism and community engagement in the field of Ethnic Studies as well as their thoughts on the direction of the field today. For more publications from Dr. Mary, visit her website.