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Dr. James Brown

Professor, Of Teaching
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Peace Studies
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: Critical Pedagogy; Teaching about Holocaust and other genocides
Office Location: Reeves Hall 232
First-year Foundations Program
University of the Pacific, Bachelor of Arts
University of Redlands, Master of Arts
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D.


James G. Brown began his career as an educator as a California public school teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels.  He completed his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Illinois.  He was professor and chairman of the Department of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University.  He came to Chapman University in 1993 as the Dean of the School of Education.  In 2002, he stepped down from university administration and returned to his position as professor in the College of Educational Studies.  His current areas of scholarship include the study of Difficult Histories (e.g. the Holocaust and other genocides), Critical Pedagogy, and teacher education.

K-12 Teaching Experience

Dr. Brown began teaching elementary, middle and high school in Garden Grove USD in from 1971-74, as a short and long term sub. Dr. Brown later taught middle school and also first grade in Big Bear Valley USD from 1975-77.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Brown, James. "Toward a Critical Pedegogy for Genocide Education." In Teaching About Genocide (Vol. 2), edited by S. Totten. 123-134. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.