Ron Jacobson's research interests lie at the intersection of normative educational practice and theory and philosophical inquiry, specifically focused upon school bullying theory, student identity construction, critical race theory, student moral development, as well as the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois and Michel Foucault. His dissertation involved a philosophical consideration of the phenomenon of school bullying, engaging the empirical literature through the lenses of hermeneutic philosophy (Hans-Georg Gadamer), psychoanalytic and feminist philosophy (Adam Phillips and Jessica Benjamin) and post-structural philosophy (Michel Foucault). Ron also holds a B.S. in Operations Analysis (Econometrics) from Central Washington University and a Masters in Applied Theology (Human Formation) from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C.
Yoon Pak (PhD in SCF, 1999), an historian of education, is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a Co-Editor of the History of Education Quarterly, the leading U.S. journal in the history of education. In 2002-2003, Pak received a Spencer postdoctoral fellowship. Primarily interested in the history of the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century, Pak focuses her work on racial and ethnic history, particularly Asian American and Japanese American history, the history of immigration and acculturation, and the history of citizenship and democratic education. Currently working on a history of the Intercultural Education movement of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, Pak is also the author of Wherever I go I will always be a loyal American: Schooling Seattle's Japanese American schoolchildren during World War II (New York: Routledge/Falmer. 2002).
During a Mentor Networking Project Lecture held by College of Education (2005), Dr. Yoon Pak presented the lecture, "History of Intercultural Education in the Schools, 1930s-1950s." To view this video, click here.
Jennifer Harris is currently an Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UW College of Education in 2004. Her dissertation research was on the history of community participation in urban school reform in Seattle during the civil rights era.
Jennifer joined URP in autumn of 2005 and her prior professional positions have focused on access, retention, and assessment issues along various levels of the educational continuum-including work with McNair Scholars and Early Identification Program students at the UW.