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James Paulson


Associate Faculty


Education and Technology


Much of James Paulson’s research looks at the effect of culture and beliefs on learning and work. He is interested in the vocational collapse in the professions and associated narratives of learning, working, and quitting, as well as international education including intercultural and comparative education, and asymmetry of access to education between developed and developing countries.

Paulson’s professional work has focused on activities in the international community that alleviate education-based poverty. This has included teaching as well as planning, developing, delivering and evaluating educational programs that involve community and institutional partnerships. With the aim of increasing appreciation for the complicated nature of education, he explores learning, teaching, and administration in diverse communities, in different circumstances.


Paulson began his education career as a high school teacher in the mid-1980s, moving to the post-secondary milieu as a teacher, administrator, and program developer in the early 1990s. He has worked extensively in Southeast Asia, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. 


Paulson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria (2007), a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Victoria (1996), and a Bachelor of Arts and Post Degree Diploma in Education from the University of British Columbia (1983).