Benjamin "Benji" Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Working at the intersections of sociology of education, sociocultural learning, literacy studies, and cultural studies, Dr. Chang's scholarship addresses the areas of educational equity, pedagogy, teacher education, literacy, and community engagement. In particular, his work focuses on marginalised populations such as working-class, minority, and immigrant communities, and comparative and international contexts of Chinese and Asian diaspora. Two central themes throughout Dr. Chang's work are agency and sustainability, as they relate to education and social justice.
Dr. Chang has lectured and collaborated widely at research universities around the Pacific Rim (e.g. Canada, the Philippines, Singapore), including as Visiting Scholar at Beijing Normal University (China), the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia), McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and East China Normal University (Shanghai, China). He has made numerous peer-reviewed presentations at international conferences such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Literacy Research Association (LRA), the Sociolinguistics Symposium, and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS). He has published in journals such as Curriculum Inquiry, Theory Into Practice, Policy Futures in Education, Linguistics & Education, and Rethinking Schools, and serves on the Editorial Board of various journals including Teachers College Record.
His work has been recognized by awards and fellowships in the areas of pedagogy, literacy, and Asian studies by bodies such as the AERA and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Most recently his work was recognized by EdU through the distinctions of "Quality Publication," "Top 10% of Teaching," and "Outstanding Teaching Performance" (for the last 4 consecutive years), which are determined by colleagues and students. Amongst these various scholarly endeavors, Dr. Chang coordinates The Project for Critical Research on Pedagogy & Praxis (PCRP), a research team and educational pipeline project of international and diverse students from the undergraduate to Ph.D. level.
A former classroom teacher and hip-hop artist, he earned his B.A. (Psychology) at the University of California, San Diego, and his M.Ed., Teaching Certification (Multiple Subjects), and Ph.D. (Education) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following his Ph.D. training, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching and the Institute of Urban & Minority Education (IUME).
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4054-8738
Project for Critical Research on Pedagogy & Praxis: https://pcrpeducation.weebly.com
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