James A. Banks
James A. Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was the Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington from 2001 to 2006. Professor Banks is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Council for the Social Studies. He is a specialist in social studies education and multicultural education and has written widely in these fields. His books include Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies; Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching; Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society; and Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks. Professor Banks is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education; The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education; Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives; and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, published in 2012 by Sage in both hard and electronic editions.
Hanna Ragnarsdóttir is Professor of Multicultural Studies at the School of Education, University of Iceland. Her research has mainly focused on immigrants (children, adults and families) in Icelandic society and schools, multicultural and intercultural education and school reform. She has published widely on these issues in international and national journals. Ragnarsdóttir recently co-edited the book Learning Spaces for Social Justice: International perspectives on exemplary practices from preschool to secondary school (2014, with Schmidt) and Origins: A sustainable concept in education (2014, with Dervin) and is the series editor of Nordic Studies on Diversity in Education (with Dervin and Kulbrandstad). Other books include Collisions and continuities. Ten immigrant families and their children in Icelandic society and schools (2008), and two books co-edited in Icelandic; Fjölmenning á Íslandi (Multicultural Studies in Iceland 2007, with Jónsdóttir and Bernharðsson), and Fjölmenning og skólastarf (Multicultural Issues in Education 2010, with Jónsdóttir). Hanna Ragnarsdóttir has held a number of administrative positions. She was Head of Faculty of Education Studies, University of Iceland from 2008 to 2014 and Manager of the Research Centre in Multicultural Studies from 2007 to 2014.
After having worked at universities in the Netherlands, the UK and Luxembourg, Gert Biesta (www.gertbiesta.com) is currently part-time Professor of Education at the Department of Education of Brunel University London, and Visiting Professor at Artez, Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands.His research focuses on the theory and philosophy of education and the theory and philosophy of educational and social research, with a particular focus on questions of democracy and democratisation. He has published widely on such topics such as teaching, curriculum, adult education, vocational education, teacher education, and education policy. His latest book, The Beautiful Risk of Education (Paradigm Publishers USA, 2014), won the 2014 Outstanding Book Award of Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association.