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Chris Jadallah

Assistant Professor
Chris Jadallah

Moore Hall 1022B,

405 Hilgard Ave,

Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1521

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Chris Jadallah
Assistant Professor

Chris Jadallah is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in Education at the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies. His research agenda examines the social, cultural, and political dimensions of science and environmental education, with a specific focus on community-based and place-based learning environments. He works across a variety of socioecological contexts – from diversified farming systems to river restoration efforts – where he interrogates how issues of power, place, and participation structure and mediate opportunities for learning in service of socioecological transformation. Specifically, he leverages critical and sociocultural perspectives on learning and qualitative methods in his work with the goals of:

1. Creating and deepening opportunities for individuals and communities to contribute their knowledge, practices, and perspectives toward social and environmental justice.

2. Disrupting conventional hierarchies in environmental projects that privilege dominant forms of expertise over the local knowledge and practices found distributed within communities.

3. Making visible the relationships between broader systems of power and moment-to-moment processes of interaction and learning.

Central to Jadallah’s research is a commitment to community-engaged scholarship. This entails collaborating with community partners to simultaneously co-design, implement, and study initiatives that build capacity for more just and sustainable futures.

Teaching and Research Interests

Current Titles and Positions:

  • Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Science and Agricultural Education, University of California, Davis
  • B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • 2024: Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellowship
  • 2023-2024: International Society of the Learning Science Emerging Scholar
  • 2018-2023: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Select Publications

  • Jadallah, C. C., Ballard, H. L., Meyer, R. M., Carter Ching, C. C., & Patterson Williams, A. (2024). "Seeing power" between young people and conservation professionals in the design of a community-based watershed monitoring initiative. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 33(1), 1-40.
  • Jadallah, C. C. (2024). Positionality, relationality, place, and land: Considerations for ethical research with communities. Qualitative Research, 1-16.
  • Jadallah, C. C. & Wise, A. (2023). Enduring tensions between scientific outputs and science learning in citizen science. Biological Conservation, 284, 1-9.
  • Hecht, M. & Jadallah, C. C. (2023). Learning with water: Centering more-than-human interactions in science learning for more just social-ecological futures. Digital Culture & Education, 14(5), 243-261.