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Washington State University
College of Education

John Lupinacci

Johnny Lupinacci

Associate Professor

Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education
WSU Pullman – Cleveland 340
WSU Spokane


View WSU Faculty Profile from October 09, 2020

About Dr. Lupinacci




Research Interests

John Lupinacci’s research focuses on how people, specifically educators, learn to both identify and examine destructive habits of modern human culture.  His work proposes that, through education, teachers can be leaders in confronting dominant assumptions about existing as individuals separate from and superior to the greater ecological systems to which we belong. He explains:

“As agents of change, we all have both the capacity and the responsibility to make an ethical choice to examine and challenge how dominant Western cultural ways of thinking have isolated us from recognizing the relationships that make up our ecological existence.”

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Media
  • Social Justice
  • Scholar activism
  • EcoJustice
  • Podcasting

Teaching/Professional Interests

Dr. Lupinacci teaches pre-service teachers and graduate students in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education (CSSTE) program using an approach that advocates for the development of scholar-activist educators.  He has taught at the secondary level in Detroit and is co-author of the book EcoJustice Education: Toward Diverse, Democratic, and Sustainable Communities. His experiences as a high school math and science teacher, an outdoor environmental educator, and a community activist all contribute to examining the relationships between schools and the reproduction of the cultural roots of social suffering and environmental degradation.


  • 2017 WERA Annual Research Award, Washington Educational Research Association and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Faculty Fellowship for Community Engagement 2017 with Center for Civic Engagement, Washington State University.
  • Provost Leadership Academy 2016 at Washington State University.
  • CPED Writing Fellowship – Social Justice 2016 with Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED).
  • Imagine Tomorrow Scholar Award Recipient with Alaska Airlines
  • AESA Critics’ Choice Award 2011 for EcoJustice Education: Toward Diverse, Democratic, and Sustainable Communities