Kenneth J. Varner

Associate Professor of Literacy Education
Expertise: Literacy, Language, White Racial Identity, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy


Kenneth Fasching-Varner’s research centers around the intersections of identity and difference in globalized contexts, with attention to the language and literacy practices of individuals and communities.

His work examines the nature of White Racial Identity, Critical Race Theory, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as well as the role of international education, neoliberalism, and educational foundations within global language and literacy contexts. Varner is also an expert on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Varner is the author of over 70 publications including articles in Teacher’s College Record, Educational Foundations, Democracy in Education, and Social Identities: Journal for the Studies of Race, Nation, and Culture.


  • Ph.D., Education and Critical Race Theory, The Ohio State University
  • M.S., Literacy, St. John Fisher College
  • B.A., Education, Niagara University

Kenneth J. Varner In The News

K.N.P.R. News
March 11, 2022
From teacher shortages to lack of resources, the Clark County School District’s struggles are nothing new. 
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
March 9, 2022
The effort to fill teaching positions in our Clark County public schools continues.
March 8, 2022
The University of Nevada Las Vegas has a program to encourage those who have not completed their studies to complete their studies and obtain their license to be educators in our state. 
The Nevada Independent
March 8, 2022
Twenty years ago, Lushawn Threats started an elementary education program at the College of Southern Nevada — the first step in the Cheyenne High School graduate’s lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.

Articles Featuring Kenneth J. Varner

a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.