Kenneth Fasching-Varner

Kenneth (Kenny) Varner, PhD

Shirley B. Barton Endowed Associate Professor  

Critical Race Theory, Multiculturalism, International Education, Foundations of Education, Curriculum Theory, Elementary Education
Director, LSU Teaching in Chile Study Abroad Program
Bachelor's Degree(s): Elementary and Inclusive Education with concentration in Spanish, Niagara University, 2001
Master's Degree: Master of Science in Literacy, St. John Fisher College, 2003
PhD: Language, Literacy, and Culture, The Ohio State University, 2009
                                                     
 
 
Phone: (225) 578-2918
Cell Phone: (225) 916-7615

Email: varner@lsu.edu
Office: 217 Peabody Hall

 

Areas of Interest

Varner’s areas of scholarly expertise and interest center on the intersections of identity in globalized contexts. Varner examines the nature of White Racial Identity (WRI), Critical Race Theory (CRT), and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as well as international education, neo-liberalism, and educational foundations within global contexts. He has published articles in the journals Teacher’s College Record, Educational Foundations, Democracy in Education, and Social Identities: Journal for the Studies of Race, Nation, and Culture among others and has edited and authored over 10 books related to these areas of expertise. Varner studied Language, Literacy, and Culture with a focus on Critical Race Theory and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio and is a faculty member of the Curriculum Theory Project as well as the African and African-American and Women and Gender Studies programs at LSU.

Varner Curriculum Vitae


Awards & Honors

Visiting Scholar, Phillips University Marburg, Germany, 2017

Visiting Scholar, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 2017

Eminent Visiting Scholar (EViS), University of Southern Queensland, Australia 2018

College of Human Sciences and Education Engagement Award, 2017

Shirley B. Barton Endowed Associate Professor, 2016-Present

Louisiana State University Rising Researcher Award, 2015

College of Human Sciences and Education Advocate for Diversity Award, 2015

Louisiana State University Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership Jan Shoemaker Happy Award, 2015

College of Human Sciences and Education Early Career Award, 2013

Shirley B. Barton Endowed Assistant Professor, 2011-2015


Selected Publications

Books

Martin, L.L., Fasching-Varner, K.J., Hayward, H. (Eds.) (2017). Race, population studies, and America’s public schools: A critical demography perspective of racial and educational inequity. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Martin, L.L., Fasching-Varner, K.J., Hartlep, N.D. (2017). Pay to play: Race and the perils of the college sports industrial complex. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Martin, L.L., Mitchell, R.W., Daneshzadeh, A. (Eds.) (2017). Understanding, dismantling, and disrupting the prison-to-school pipeline. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Martin, L.L., Hayward, H., Fasching-Varner, K.J. (Eds.) (2016). After the storm: Militarization, occupation, and segregation in post-Katrina America. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Hartlep, N.D., Martin, L.L., Hayes, C., Mitchell, R.W., & *Allen-Mitchell, C.A. (Eds.). (2015). The assault on communities of color: Exploring the realities of race based violence. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Albert, K.A., Mitchell, R.W., & *Allen, C.A. (Eds.) (2015). Racial battle fatigue in higher education: Exposing the myth of post-racial America. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Reynolds, R., Albert, K.A., & Martin, L.L. (Eds.) (2014). Trayvon Martin, race, and "American justice:" Writing wrong. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Eisworth, H.B., Mencer, T.H, *Cho, D.R., Murray, M.C., & *Morton, B.C. (Eds.). (2013). Student teaching: A journey in narrative. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K. J. (2012). Working through whiteness: Examining white racial identity and profession with pre-service teachers. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Clark, C., Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Brimhall-Vargas, M. (Eds.). (2012). Occupying the academy: Just how important is diversity work in higher education? Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


Peer Reviewed Articles


Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Denny, M.A. (Accepted). Glocal love: Learning to engage bilingual learners with sentipensante and love in a study abroad program. Educational Foundations.

Martin, L.L., & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2017). Race, residential segregation, and the death of democracy: Education and the myth of post-racialism. Democracy and Education, 25(1), 1-10.

*Jackson, M., *Green, D., Martin, L.L., & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2016). Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes: A response to “We were there too.” Democracy and Education, 24(2), 1-10.

*Green, D., *Pulley, T., *Jackson, M., Martin, L.L., & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2016). Mapping the margins and searching for higher ground: Examining the marginalization of Black female graduate students at PWIs. Gender and Education, 28(6), 1-15.

Seriki, V.D., Brown, C.T., & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2015). The permanence of racism in teacher education. Teachers College Record, 117(14), 74-102.

Hayes, C. & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2015). Racism 2.0 and the death of social and cultural foundations of education: A critical conversation. Journal of Educational Foundations, 28(1), 113-130.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Mitchell, R.W., Martin, L.L., & Bennett-Haron, K.P. (2014). Beyond school-to prison pipeline and toward an educational and penal realism. Equity and Excellence in Education, 47(4), 5-24.

Martin, L.L., Fasching-Varner, K., Quinn, M., & *Jackson, M. (2014). Racism, rodeos, and the misery industries of Louisiana. Journal of Pan African Studies, 7(6), 60-83.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2014). “Uhh you know,” don’t you?:  White racial bonding in the narratives of white pre-service teachers. The Journal of Educational Foundations, 27(3/4), 21-41.

*Lanuax, C., *Vice, K., & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2014). Center learning in a first-grade classroom. Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, 16(1), 1-10.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Mitchell, R.W. (2013). Capturing the moment to debunk the crisis. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 10(2), 124-127.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., & *Bible, C. (2012). What it means to mentor: One student’s non-traditional story. Insight: A Think College Brief on Policy Research, & Practice, 11(1), 1­–4.

Fasching-Varner, K., & Dodo-Seriki, V. (2012). Moving beyond seeing with our eyes wide shut: A response to “There is no culturally responsive teaching spoken here.” Democracy and Education, 20(1), 1­–6.

*Rome, M., *Ruiz, M. A., & Fasching-Varner, K. J. (2012). On the road to engagement: Teacher action research and student literacy engagement in socially responsible social studies instruction. Literacy and Social Responsibility, 5, 79–105.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2009). No! The team ain’t alright!: The institutional and individual problematics of race. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, 15, 811–829.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2006). Pedagogy of respect: The inter-generational influence of Black women. Midwestern Educational Researcher, 19(2), 28–35.


Book Chapters


*Morton, B.C., *Jackson, M.J., *Frazier, M.M. & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2017). Roadblock in the mirror: Recommendations for overcoming the cultural disability of whiteness in nonwhite educational spaces. In C. Warren and S. Hancock (Eds.) White women’s work (pp. 3-18). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Martin, L.L., Fasching-Varner, K.J., &*Jackson, M. (2016). A tale of two cities: Race and wealth inequality in the new south. In L.L. Martin, H. Horton, & K.J. Fasching-Varner (Eds.) After the storm: Militarization, occupation and segregation in post-Katrina America (pp. 1-18). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2016). Loaded-God complex: Engaging educational and penal realism in post-Katrina times. In L.L. Martin, H. Horton, & K.J. Fasching-Varner (Eds.) After the storm: Militarization, occupation and segregation in post-Katrina America (pp. 33-40). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Martin, L.L. & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2016). Can you hear me now? Race, call-ins, and the myth of public accountability. In L.L. Martin, H. Horton, & K.J. Fasching-Varner (Eds.) After the storm: Militarization, occupation and segregation in post-Katrina America (pp. 69-72). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2016). Resisting the espirit de corps: White challenging whiteness. In N.D. Hartlep and C. Hayers (Eds.), Unhooking from whiteness: Resisting the espirit de corps (pp. 35-46). Rotterdam, NE: Sense Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Sulentic Dowell, M.-M., Mitchell, R.W., *Lindbom-Cho, D.R. (2014). Elizabeth Ellsworth. In S. Totten and J.E. Pedersen (Eds.) Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A critical annotated bibliography, Vol. 4 (pp.383-402). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers. 

*Lindbom-Cho, D.R., *Edwards, K.W., Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Mitchell, R.W. (2014). Critical feminism. In S. Totten and J.E. Pedersen (Eds.) Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A critical annotated bibliography, Vol. 4 (pp.35-50). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

*Wooten, S.C., *Mitchell, R., Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Mitchell, R.W. (2014). Christine Sleeter. In S. Totten and J.E. Pedersen (Eds.) Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A critical annotated bibliography, Vol. 4 (pp.299-322). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2014). (Re)searching whiteness: New considerations in studying and researching whiteness. In A.D. Dixson (Ed.) Researching race in education: Policy, practice, and qualitative research (pp. 153-168). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Mitchell, R. (2013). CRT’s challenge to educator’s articulation of abstract liberal perspectives of purpose. In M. Lynn & A. Dixson (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education (pp. 355-367). New York, NY: Routledge.

Stowers, G., Fasching-Varner, K., Brimhall-Vargas, M., & Clark, C. (2013). Through the looking glass to ourselves: Developing the online multicultural and bilingual teacher education classroom. In G. Eby & T. Volkan-Yuzer (Eds.), Project management approaches for online learning design (pp. 258–270). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Sulentic Dowell, M.M., Bickmore, D., & Bickmore, S. (2013). Recentering the hook: Auto-ethnographic intersections of whiteness in education.  In C. Hayes & N. Hartlep (Eds.), Unhooking from Whiteness: The Key to Dismantling Racism in the United States (pp. 71-92). Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., & Dodo-Seriki, V. (2012).  “Just (don’t) do it!” Tensions between articulated commitments and action at The ACME State University.  In C. Clark, K. J. Fasching-Varner, & M. Brimhall-Vargas (Eds.), Occupying the academy: Just how important is equity and diversity in higher education? (pp. 140­­–152). Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield.

Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2011). German language maintenance and shift: The case of Columbus, Ohio. In Q. Lê & T. Lê (Eds.), Linguistic diversity and cultural identity: A global perspective (pp. 105–116). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, K.J., Erklenz-Watts, M., & Wood, J. (2009). What’s knowledge got to do with it?: Epistemology in diversity and social justice education. In R.D. Davis, A. London, B. Beyerbach (Eds.), “How do we know they know?” A conversation about pre-service teachers learning about culture & social justice (pp. 211 – 235). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Dixson, A. D., & Fasching-Varner, K.J. (2008). This is how we do it: Helping teachers understand culturally relevant pedagogy in diverse classrooms. In C. Compton-Lilly (Ed.), Breaking the silence: Recognizing the social and cultural resources students bring to the classroom (pp. 109–124). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.