Marianne Marar Yacobian, Ed.D.

Associate Professor


And you will understand all too soon that you, my children of battle, are your heroes." - Nikki Giovanni”
Marianne Marar Yacobian

Contact Information

Office: 650.543.3742

Education Background

  • Ed.D, University of San Francisco, 2007
  • M.A., University of San Francisco, 2004
  • B.A., University of California-Davis, 2002

Biography Academic Statement


Dr. Yacobian teaches Diversity in the Workplace, Social Science, and Global Studies. She earned her doctorate and Outstanding Dissertation Award at the University of San Francisco in International & Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition. She is an expert in race-relations and social stratification, specializing in the institutional and structural implications of discrimination. Her research explores education as a vital means of bridging systemic inequities among marginalized and dominant groups.  Her research interests include the Palestinian Conflict and human rights education.

Research Interests
  • Transnational Citizenship
  • Human Rights Education, Social Movements, and Activism
  • Refugee/Immigrant Education and Notions of Identity
  • Radical and Ethnographic research
  • Sociology of Race, Class, Gendered and Ethnic identities

Professional Activities

Courses Taught
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Immigration, Transnationalism & Global Studies
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Women in Business
Selected Publications
  • Sekerka, L.E. & Marar Yacobian, M. July, 2012. Appreciating the Islamic perspective in ethical decision-making. Article submitted to the Journal of Business Ethics. (Under Review)
  • Marar, M.M. (2011). I know there is no justice: Palestinian perceptions of higher education in Jordan. Intercultural Education Journal, 22 (2).
  • Marar, M.M. (2009). Dual/Duel identities: Jordanian perceptions of academic equity. Intercultural Education Journal, 20 (4).
Recent Presentations
  • Sekerka, L.E. & Marar, M.M. (April 2012). Understanding Islamic Business Ethics: Advancing Management Education by Examining Middle Eastern Cultural Norms. Paper submitted for presentation at the 56th Annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Washington, B. & Marar-Yacobian M. (May 2011). "Pathways to Higher Education for Refugee and Undocumented Populations in Jordan and the United States" at the 55th Annual Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Conference, McGill University. Montreal, Canada.
Awards & Honors
  • Charles B. Emerick: Teaching Award, 2010
  • Menlo College Student Government Association: Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2011
  • University of San Francisco: Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, 2007.