White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies

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Editors:Tracy Lachica Buenavista, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge; James R. Marin, Ed.D., Green Dot Public Schools; Anthony J. Ratcliff, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge &

Denise M. Sandoval, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge



Themes and Goals

The goal of this two-volume series is to examine the current state of Ethnic Studies in both K-12 and higher education, particularly the contemporary controversies that have impacted the field.  Volume 1 will focus on Ethnic Studies in K-12 education and Volume 2, on Ethnic Studies in U.S. colleges and universities. The editors seek to include a combination of research-based papers, scholarly essays, personal narratives and other cultural texts, such as art and poetry. We are looking for contributions from scholars, practitioners, activists, and artists in the fields of Ethnic Studies (African American/Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Asian American Studies, Pacific Islander Studies, Indigenous/ Native American Studies, and Critical Mixed Race Studies), History, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Art, English, Communications, among others.


We encourage submissions that seek to address any one of the following goals:

·      Understand the history and current state of Ethnic Studies in American educational systems from the 1960s to the present

·      Critically engage readers on how the contemporary Culture War debates impact Ethnic Studies programs in the United States

·      Examine the role of race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and how they influence the American educational systems and American cultural norms

·      Explore case studies of attacks on Ethnic Studies

·      Demonstrate the relevance of Ethnic Studies within K-12 and higher education

·      Contextualize the history of Ethnic Studies as a discipline within higher education

·      Highlight successful Ethnic Studies programs in public, charter, and independent K-12 schools

·      Research Ethnic Studies within larger community-based organizations and collaborations

·      Document the proliferation of Ethnic Studies research and professional organizations

·      Analyze particular challenges and struggles of Ethnic Studies scholars and practitioners

·      Share Personal Narratives regarding the impact of Ethnic Studies on students, educators, and community members

·      Give readers tools to advocate for Ethnic Studies programs in their communities

These various topics will provide a context for readers to understand the history of Ethnic Studies in the U.S., the challenges and barriers Ethnic Studies scholars and practitioners currently experience, and strategies to advocate for the growth and development of Ethnic Studies within formal and community-based spaces.


Submission Procedure

We welcome abstracts (250 words) on or before June 1, 2014. Abstracts should include an overview of the chapter, which presents a clear relationship to a theme or themes addressed in the call. Please email all queries to newculturewars@gmail.com.


Instructions for Authors

Research and Scholarly Papers

1.     Manuscripts should be original, unpublished, and not under review by any journal or publisher.

2.      Manuscripts should be between 6,000-12,000 words, excluding references.

3.    References and endnote citations should be prepared according to the publisher’s style guidelines (see below).

4.      All manuscripts should also include a short author biography (40 words max).


Cultural Texts

1.     Personal narratives, short stories, poetry, and other text manuscripts should be original, unpublished, and not under review by any journal or publisher. Manuscripts should be 1,000 – 1,250 words.

2.     All cultural text submissions should include a description regarding how the text reflects the themes of the book, as well a short biography of the author/ artist (40 words max).


Important Dates

June 1, 2014              Abstract Submission Deadline

June 15, 2014             Notification of Acceptance

August 31, 2014         Full Chapter Submission

December 15, 2014    Editors Feedback

March 1, 2015            Revised Chapter Submission

Denise M. Sandoval, Ph.D.
Department of Chicana/o Studies
California State University, Northridge
Email: newculturewars@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://newculturewarsethnicstudies.wordpress.com/

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