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.