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Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, Ph.D.

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Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, Ph.D.

Director of P-12 Research

Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, Ph.D. is the Director of P-12 Research at The Education Trust. Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos has spent over 20 years in education — most recently, as a Visiting Scholar at USC Rossier School of Education. Previously, he has served as the Murchison Endowed Professor and Chair at Trinity University, Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Latinx Education Research Center (LERC) at Santa Clara University, and Associate Professor and Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. He also served as a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley with a courtesy affiliation at PACE at Stanford University. He specializes in education policy and finance equity for traditionally marginalized populations. He has over 60 publications and received several prestigious awards, honors, and grants, including the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship, AERA Early Career Award, and AESA Book Critics Choice Award, among others. He began his professional career as an urban bilingual school teacher and is a son of Mexican migrant farmworkers.


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Favorite Sports Team

LA Lakers and LA Dodgers

What are people most surprised to learn about you?

I have seven siblings–all attended four-year universities; six have MA/MS degrees.

Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?

It is an organization that holds similar values that I do — specifically, the need to eliminate inequitable opportunities and outcomes for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and other marginalized communities. It is an honor to work with similar-minded individuals.

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