Richard Slimbach, Ph.D.

Professor of Global Studies, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3717
Fax: (626) 815-3871
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Biography

Richard Slimbach, Ph.D. has served at APU since 1990. Following graduation from Humboldt State University, he picked fruit with migrant farmers and tutored Vietnamese refugees. The tutoring connection led to graduate studies in TESOL, followed by two years dedicated to occupational literacy program development among Muslim cycle rickshaw drivers in Hyderabad, India. Slimbach’s Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education included ethnographic field research on non-formal educational development among the Baloch people in Karachi, Pakistan.

Slimbach is the founder of APU’s global studies major and co-founder of the Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) program, a completely field-based global development program focused exclusively upon the world’s burgeoning informal settlements. His teaching specialties are in urban sociology, applied anthropology, global service learning, and qualitative research design. Slimbach currently directs the Global Learning Term—a self-directed, full-immersion study and service abroad program that has enabled hundreds of global studies students to conduct small-scale community research and academic service-learning projects in over 50 non-western countries. Slimbach is the author of Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning, Transcultural Journeys: Anthropology for Everyday Life, and The Art of World Learning: A Sourcebook.

Education

  • Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. - William Carey International University
  • B.A. - Humboldt State University

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL

Expertise

  • Cross-Cultural Program Design
  • Global Service-Learning
  • Participatory Research
  • Social Anthropology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Urban Sustainability

Courses Taught

  • GLBL 301 – Anthropology for Everyday Life
  • GLBL 305 – Peoples and Places
  • GLBL 310 – Intercultural Communication
  • GLBL 315 – Urban Culture
  • GLBL 325 – Family Organization
  • GLBL 330 – Community Transformation
  • GLBL 335 – International Internship
  • GLBL 340 – Community Life
  • GLBL 345 – Urban Religious Movements
  • GLBL 350 – Global Study Project
  • GLBL 496 – Senior Seminar: Global Issues and Prospects
  • SOC 359 – Immigrant L.A.

Office Hours

By appointment

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