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- Ph.D. University of California, Davis
- B.A. University of California, San Diego
James O. Fabionar, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education with the Department of Learning and Teaching. Prior to coming to USD, he was a lecturer with the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento where he taught courses in ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and social science education. He is a former high school history social science teacher and holds a Ph.D. in School Organization and Educational Policy from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Fabionar’s research builds from his experiences as a former high school teacher, administrator, and cooperating teacher and explores the work of successful students and educators in challenging community and organizational contexts. He brings critical theoretical perspectives to matters concerning vulnerable youth populations, including developing and implementing culturally responsive and socially just curriculum and instruction, extending out-of-school-time and youth development programs to low-income and marginalized populations, and building strong school-to-university pathways for historically under-served groups. Currently, he serves as a research affiliate with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. His work appears in a range of theoretical, practitioner, and policy publications.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Fabionar teaches graduate courses on diversity and inclusion in schools, equity and advocacy in educational systems, history of curriculum theory, secondary social science methods, and critical social theory and education. He is currently developing a global study course in the Philippines on globalization and schooling in post-colonial contexts.