Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos

Associate Professor

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.

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 Policy
  • English Learner
  • Equity
  • Finance
  • Hispanic
  • Latino/a, or see Hispanic
  • Mixed Methods
  • Parental Involvement
  • Policy
  • Politics
Awards
  • Award Title: 

    Critics Choice Book Award

    Presented by: 

    American Educational Studies Association

    Award Description: 

    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.

  • Award Title: 

    Fulton Professor Award

    Presented by: 

    Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

    Award Description: 

    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.

  • Award Title: 

    Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    Presented by: 

    National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

    Award Description: 

    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.      

  • Award Title: 

    Jose Cardenas School Finance Research Fellowship

    Presented by: 

    Intercultural Development Research Association

    Award Description: 

    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. 

  • Award Title: 

    Distinguished Fellows Award

    Presented by: 

    National Education Finance Conference

    Award Description: 

    This is considered to be one of the highest recognitions to those who have distinguished themselves in the field of education finance.

  • Award Title: 

    Member, AERA SIG Executive Committee (2015-2018)

    Presented by: 

    American Educational Research Association
  • Award Title: 

    Faculty Fellow, Morrison Institute for Public Policy

    Award Description: 

    Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Phoenix, AZ,  is a statewide leader in examining critical issues for Arizona and the region, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research, analysis and public outreach to help improve the state's quality of life.

  • Award Title: 

    Advanced Studies Seminar Award

    Presented by: 

    Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC

    Award Description: 

    Using the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Database for Research and Policy Discussion. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 

Selected Work
  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O., & Martinez, D. (2014). The State of Arizona School Finance. Journal of Education Finance, 39(3), 247-249.

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    Rolle, A., & Jimenez-Castellanos, O. (2014). An Efficacy Analysis of the Texas School Funding Formula with Particular Attention to English Language Learners. Journal of Education Finance, 39(3), 203-221.  

  • Type: 

    Book chapter

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. (2014). Bilingual Education. In Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance edited by D. Brewer and L. Picus (pp. 76-79). New York, NY: Sage Publications.

  • Type: 

    Book chapter

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Martinez, D. (2014). Horizontal Equity. In Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance edited by D. Brewer and L. Picus (pp. 389-391). New York, NY: Sage Publications.

  • Type: 

    Book chapter

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Martinez, D. (2014). Vertical Equity. In Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance edited by D. Brewer and L. Picus (pp. 828-829). New York, NY: Sage Publications.

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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.

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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.

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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.

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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. 

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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)

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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.

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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

  • Type: 

    Journal article

    Citation: 

    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)

  • Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

    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) 

  • Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

    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) 

Editorships
  • Editorship Publication: 

    Association of Mexican-American Educators Journal

    Editor Type: 

    Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2015 - present
  • Editorship Publication: 

    Educational Policy Analysis Archives

    Editor Type: 

    Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2015 - present
  • Editorship Publication: 

    Educational Considerations

    Editor Type: 

    Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2014 - present
Selected Presentations
  • Date presented: 

    April, 2015

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Martinez, D. (2015, April). Examining the Relationship between School District Revenue and English Language Learners in Post Horne v. Flores. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

  • Date presented: 

    February, 2015

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, Oscar (2015). Presented research on school funding and academic achievement for secondary English language learners in Texas, at the Intercultural Development Research Association Research Symposium, “Securing Educational Equity and Excellence for English Language Learners in Texas Secondary Schools”. http://www.edcentral.org/lessons-from-texas/

  • Date presented: 

    February, 2015

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Richmond, B. (2015, Feb). Examining school funding in high performing ELL schools in Texas: Does it take more money? Paper presented at the National Education Finance Conference. St. Louis, MO.

  • Date presented: 

    February, 2015

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Vagi, R. (2015, February). Are there differences in school expenditures between high ELL performing and low ELL performing secondary schools in Texas? Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education Finance and Policy, Washington, DC.

  • Date presented: 

    March, 2014

    Citation: 

    Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Martinez, D. (2014, March). Navajo Nation School Governance, Finance and Demographics. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX