James P. Burns

Associate Professor

Teaching and Learning

Office: ZEB 257A

Phone: 305-348-2611

Email: jburns@fiu.edu

Specialty: Curriculum and Instruction

Jim Burns is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Florida International University. He formerly taught English for speakers of other languages, history, and social studies in Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools. Prior to arriving at FIU in January 2016, he was an assistant professor at South Dakota State University.

  • FIU Top Scholar (2019)
  • Outstanding Book Award for Curriculum Studies, American Educational Research Association (2019)
  • Association of Teacher Educators, Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award (2016)

Research Areas

  • Curriculum theory
  • Masculinities studies
  • Participatory qualitative research methods
  • Institutional violence and education
  • Foucauldian analysis including governmentality, biopower and genealogical inquiry


  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, The George Washington University
  • MA, Political Science, University of Hawai'i
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland