Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos is an Associate Professor in Education Policy and Evaluation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Recently, he completed a longitudinal statewide analysis in Texas focusing on secondary ELLs and school expenditures and a longitudinal statewide study in Arizona examining district revenue equity across districts. 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, Journal of Education Finance, Bilingual Research Journal, Educational Considerations, and Journal of Latinos and Education. He co-edited Bicultural Parent Engagement: Empowerment and Advocacy (2011) published by Teachers College Press. This book received a 2012 AESA Critics Choice Award. He is co-editor of the Association of Mexican-American Educators (AMAE) Journal.
Currently, Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos is a Morrison Institute for Public Policy Faculty Fellow working on the Latino Education Success Initiative. He is a 2015 Distinguished National Education Finance Fellow, a 2014 School Finance Fellow with the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) and 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 in 2011-12.
In addition, Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos actively teaches, recruits and mentors students focused on educational policy and evaluation. 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 and San Diego State University.