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Jason Goulah

​Jason Goulah is a pioneering and award-winning scholar in the fields of Ikeda/Soka studies in education and transformative and socioecological perspectives in culture and language education.

He is professor of Bilingual-Bicultural Education and director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University. He is also director of DePaul’s degree programs in Bilingual-Bicultural Education, World Language Education, and Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship.

Goulah has served as a research fellow at the Center for Latino Research; as a research and translation fellow at Soka University, Tokyo; and as a research fellow at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo Law School. He was a 2018 Visiting Professor in the Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship at the University of Guelph-Humber, Canada, a 2016 Visiting Professor at Soka University of America, and a 2015 Visiting Diversity Scholar at the University of Evansville. He has conducted curriculum and professional development for Chicago Public Schools, New York City Schools, and other public and private school districts in Illinois and New York. He is a former teacher of Japanese, ESL, and Russian as heritage and foreign languages.


  • Ph.D. State University of New York, Buffalo
  • LL.M. Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Research Interests

  • Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education
  • Socioecological Selfhood, Culture, and Language Education
  • Language, Culture, Identity, and New Literacies
  • Transformative and Sociocultural Approaches to Language Education
  • Bilingualism/Biculturalism, Multilingualism/Multiculturalism

Courses Taught

  • CS 794 Special Topics in Curriculum Studies
  • BBE 510 Special Topics in Language and Culture Education
  • BBE 526 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and WLE
  • VCE 531 Daisaku Ikeda’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (1): (Major Writings)
Selected Publications



Awards & Honors
  • 2018 DeGarmo Award for Exemplary Scholarship, Society of Professors of Education
  • 2015 AESA Critics Choice Book Award
  • 2013 DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2009 American Renaissance Award
  • 2009 Stephen A. Freeman Award for Best Language Education Article of the Year, NECTFL