About The Researchers

 

Principal Investigator​

Micere Keels is an Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago. Her principal research interests are in understanding how race-ethnicity and poverty structure exposures to developmental inputs, and contextual challenges and supports.

​Former Postdocs

Myles Durkee is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. His primary research interests examine the social identity development of emerging adults and understanding how they internalize racial experiences in their everyday lives.

 

Elan Hope is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Her primary research interests center on the effects of identity and discrimination on academic and civic outcomes for racially marginalized youth. 

 

About The Project

 

Researchers consistently fail to translate research findings in ways that are useful for policymakers, practitioners, and the general public. This creates gaps between what we know and what we do. We are providing broader access to findings from our projects on racial-ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender inequalities in education by posting data snapshots, research briefs, and policy focused research reports.

Doctoral Student Collaborators

Ja'Dell Davis is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her primary research interests center on race and ethnicity, education, and marginalized students' transition from high school to post-secondary education.

 

Resney Gugwor is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. His primary research interests examine the relationship among multiple identities, context, civic engagement, and educational outcomes of marginalized youth.

 

Helen Lee is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests examine urban (re)development, community organizing, school reform, inequality, and humanizing pedagogy.

 

Emily Lyons is a doctoral students at the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests examine how classroom stressors including stereotype threat and evaluative pressure impact student’s learning, motivation and academic engagement.

Tasneem Mandviwala is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests examine identity development and life trajectories of American Muslim women from adolescence to emerging adulthood.

Carly Offidani-Bertrand is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Her primary interests center around the transition to adulthood, and how intersections between cultural narratives and individual meaning making influence young people's coping with stress.

 

Tarryn Lael Simmons is doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interests involve designing multimedia mindset interventions to raise racial resilience among African American students. 

 

Hilary Tackie is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests examine the educational experiences of students of color and the sources of their sense of belonging in their schools and communities.

 

Gabriel Velez is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago.  His primary research interests examine youth identity and citizenship development in conflict and post-conflict contexts.