James A. Banks is Russell F. Stark University Professor and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. As a fifth-grade teacher in Chicago, as a graduate student at Michigan State University, and as a professor at the University of Washington, beginning in 1969, Banks has pursued questions related to education, racial inequality, and social justice in more than 100 articles and 20 books. His most recent books are Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives (2004); and Race, Culture, and Education: the Selected Works of James A. Banks (2006). Banks is a past president of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).