Ph.D. Students

Benjamin Mathews James
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, 0262
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • UCSC MS: Education Dept. 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Bi-/Multi-/Translingual pedagogies; Bilingualism; Dual-Language education; Second language acquisition; International Comparative Education; Teacher preparation; K-6 classroom teaching 

Biography, Education and Training

M.A. Education:

Ball State University 

B.A. English:

Ball State University

Multiple-Subject CA Teaching Credential:

CSU Monterey Bay


Benjamin is a Ph.D. student in Education. His research interests center on bi-/multi-/translingual pedagogies in the K-6 classroom and taking an international comparative lens to providing effective and equitable instruction for students who are learning English as an additional language in the US. In addition, Benjamin has experience as a Clinical Coach for pre-service teachers in the field in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and serves as the Region 5 Representative on the Board of Directors for the California Council for the Social Studies.


Prior to starting a PhD, Benjamin worked as a K-5 classroom teacher domestically and internationally and served as Program Coordinator at a Dual-Language school in Kobe, Japan. 


Honors, Awards and Grants

2021 California Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network Educating Teacher Educators (CTERIN ETE) Doctoral Fellow

2019 California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Scholar

Selected Publications

Sulsberger, M., Slown, C., James, B.M., & Garcia, R. (in preparation). Re-envisioning elementary science methods: The STEM lab school project. 


James, B.M. (2019). Using virtual reality to prepare our students for global citizenship. Social Studies Review: Journal of the California Council for the Social Studies, 57.

Selected Presentations

Bunch, G.C., Kenner, K.A., Raufman, J., Cantero, L.A., Lang, N.W., James, B.M., Roman, A., Brathwaite, J.R., Edgecombe, N. (2021, April 12). Defining and supporting English learners in community colleges: Perspectives from instructors, administrators, and student support professionals. In R. M. Callahan (Chair), Immigrant ever–English learner students in higher education: Policy levers in access, interventions, interactions, transfer, and understanding [Symposium]. American Educational Research Association 2021 Annual Meeting. 


Sulsberger, M., James, B.M., & Garcia, R. (2019, June). Re-envisioning elementary science methods: The STEM lab school project. Research presented at the 9th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, & Education Conference, Honolulu, HI.


Elemen, J., James, B.M., Amador, K., & Lamont, R. (2019, March). EdTech ELD strategies for history-social science and C3 readiness. Research presented at the 58th Annual California Council for the Social Studies Conference, San Jose, CA.


James, B.M. & Blowers, L.K. (2016, May). Using technology to create collaborative language learning experiences. Research presented at the Japanese Association for Language Teachers PanSIG2016 conference, Nago, Japan.


James, B.M. & Blowers, L.K. (2016, May). Bilingual and translingual school models around the world. Poster session presented at the Japanese Association for Language Teachers PanSIG2016 conference, Nago, Japan.