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Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos is an Assistant Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University He has published extensively in the area of K-12 education finance, policy and parent engagement and its impact on opportunity, equity and outcomes in low-income ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as Review of Educational Research, Bilingual Research Journal, Educational Considerations, and Journal of Latinos and Education. He is currently lead editor of the Association of Mexican-American Educators (AMAE) Journal. Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos is a 2012 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. He was bestowed the honor of a Fulton Professor in 2011 and served as Arizona’s Acting Director of the University Research Council (URC) in Education.    

Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos recently published “The Cost of Providing an Adequate Education for English Language Learners: A Review of the Literature” in Review of Educational Research. He is co-editor of Bicultural Parent Engagement: Empowerment and Advocacy (2011) published by Teachers College Press. This book received a 2012 AESA Critics Choice Award. He is currently conducting education finance research in Texas and Arizona. He recently conducted a study with A. Rolle to examine the efficacy of the Texas K-12 funding mechanism with special attention to English Language Learners. This empirical study will be published in Journal of Education Finance. His next study in Texas will examine the relationship between expenditures and achievement based on concentration of English Language Learners. In Arizona, he is working on a fiscal and operations impact study in the Navajo Nation. Further, he is developing a statewide database in Arizona to examine issues of education finance efficacy and equity.

In addition, Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos actively recruits and mentors graduate students in M.A., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs focused on educational policy and evaluation and educational leadership.  He hopes to develop a pipeline of effective teachers, administrators, policy researchers and academics to help improve our educational system to better serve all students and communities. He is a former migrant student, first generation college graduate and K-12 educator. He received his M.A. in Policy Studies from San Diego State University and Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

Research interest

Primary area of expertise is K-12 education policy and finance with a specific focus on English Language Learners. Research activities are centered around academic achievement and equity in low-income, ethnically and linguistically diverse K-12 school communities.

Research expertise
  • Educational Equity
  • Educational Policy and Evaluation
  • Financial Issues in Education
  • Hispanic/Latino(a) Education
  • Urban Education
Critics Choice Book Award

Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos’ recent book Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment (Teachers College Press) was awarded an American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award. The Critics’ Choice Award serves to recognize and increase awareness of recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in its field and of potential interest to members of the Association.

Fulton Professor Award

The Mary Lou Fulton Endowment offers the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College extraordinary assistance by generating annual support for high-priority initiatives as determined by the dean.

Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship is one of the premier postdoctoral fellowships in academia including education. The award is given to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.      

William L. Boyd National Education Politics Seminar Award

The Politics of Education Association and the University Council for Educational Administration sponsor the Williams L. Boyd National Educational Politics seminar to graduate students and recent doctoral graduates to give emerging scholars the opportunity to learn about current and promising research in the politics of education field.

AERA Division G New Faculty Mentoring Seminar Award

This seminar is designed to support and mentor new faculty through the forest and the trees of academe. It draws on the experience of faculty who have more recently gone through tenure and promotion processes successfully in a range of different university settings.

Jose Angel Cardenas School Finance Research Fellowship

The José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program will focus on and fund school finance research that builds cross-disciplinary and inter-sector perspectives on equity. The goal of the program is engage the nation’s most promising researchers in investigating school finance solutions that secure equity and excellence for all public school students. 


Lead Editor
Association of Mexican-American Educators Journal

Selected publications

Jimenez-Castellanos, O., Cisneros, J., & Gomez, L. (2013). Applying Racist Nativism Theory to Arizona K-12 Education Policy (2000-2010). Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 38(2), 175-190.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Okhremchouck, I. (2013). Entitlement Funding for English Language Learners in California: An Intra-District Case Study. Educational Considerations, 40(2), 27-33.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O., & Gonzalez, G. (2012). Understanding Micro-Aggressions Impact on the Engagement of Undocumented Latino Immigrant Father Engagement: Debunking Deficit-Thinking.  Journal of Latinos and Education, 11(4), 204-217. 

Jimenez-Castellanos, O., & Topper, A. (2012). The Cost of Providing an Adequate Education to English Language Learners: A Review of the Literature. Review of Educational Research, 82(2), 179-232. (nominated for the AERA Review of Research Award)

Jimenez-Castellanos, O. (2012). Revisiting the Coleman Report: Deficit Ideologies and Federal Compensatory Funding in Low-Income Latino School Communities. Association of Mexican-American Educators Journal, 6(2), 48-55.

Olivos, E.M., Jimenez-Castellanos, O., & Ochoa, A.M.  (Eds.) (2011). Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. (Awarded the AESA Critics Choice Award)