Mr. Cashman-Brown has been involved in social studies education for nearly 20 years. Most recently he was the lead teacher at American University Preparatory School (AUP), an international boarding school in downtown Los Angeles, where he taught humanities and oversaw the school’s faculty. Prior to teaching at AUP, Mr. Cashman-Brown was a full-time visiting professor at SUNY Brockport where he coordinated the Adolescent Social Studies Program. There, he taught, supervised, and mentored graduate and undergraduate students pursuing their New York State teaching credential. He also served on the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Social Studies from 2010 to 2016.
Mr. Cashman-Brown received his BA in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and his teaching credential through Chapman University. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human Development. His research interests include social studies teaching methods, Whiteness and heteronormativity in education, and the impacts of neoliberal policy on education. His thesis explores ways in which teacher candidates navigate race during their student teaching placements. In 2012 he co-edited the book On Whiteness, and contributed a chapter called “Birds of a Feather: The Whiteness of Birding.”
He and his wife have a six-year-old daughter and two old black labs. His interests include chess, birdwatching, genealogy, Wikipedia, the Beatles, Beethoven, baseball, picture puzzles, parlor games, and many forms of music. He is also an accomplished rock-and-roll ukulele player.