The education department faculty are actively involved in research.
Mike James' research and writing involve the history and philosophy of schooling especially as it connects to the twentieth century and the civil rights movement. He firmly believes that education and the role teachers play in reconstructing culture are of paramount importance. His most recent book, The Conspiracy of the Good: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Community in Two American Cities, 1875-2000, is principally about the educational policy and practice that has marked the phenomenal expansion of the American school since the Civil War.
Sandy Grande's current research examines the intersections between critical theory and American Indian intellectualism. Her approach is profoundly inter- and cross-disciplinary, and has included the integration of critical, feminist and Marxist theories of education with the concerns of American Indian and environmental education.
Dana Wright's research focuses on youth leadership development, collaborative learning, young people's voice and agency, youth and adult partnerships for community change, and youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) processes and settings. Conducting research in both public high schools and community-based organizations, she investigates the relationships between learning settings, teaching strategies, curricula and leadership development approaches. Her current research project examines the factors shaping young people’s engagement, learning, agency and participation as decision-makers and leaders in four school-based, student-led participatory action research projects. Professor Wright’s recent publications discuss the components of settings that support both youth leadership development and youth and adult partnerships within youth-led action research projects aiming to improve their communities.
Charles Cocores’ master’s research in psychology centered on students' perceptions of teachers based on the race of the teacher and the race of the student as well as the type of school, urban or suburban the student attended. He has also research interests in nonverbal communication, attraction and attractiveness and has researched nonverbal communication in Hawai’i and also filmed and produced a mini-documentary on the Native poor living on the beach in Hawai’i.