ECSP trains students for research in civic engagement and civic education. Generously funded by the Spencer Foundation, ECSP equips researchers to contribute to developing ‘New Civics’, a broader, more realistic view of civic engagement. 30 HGSE Scholars and several faculty make up the ECSP community.

Our Story So Far

  • Early Career Scholars

    Jonathan HamptonJonathan D. Hampton

    Fifth-Year Doctoral Student
    Higher Education

    Jonathan's research seeks to develop cultural explanations of educational inequality by exploring the role of educational privilege in shaping opportunity structures.
     

  • Early Career Scholars

    Abena MackallAbena Subira Mackall

    Sixth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Abena uses in-depth interviewing to clarify the mechanisms underlying associations between poverty, crime, and low educational attainment. In doing so, her research provides insights into practices and policies that will enable families, communities, and public institutions to more effectively support crime-involved individuals. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Siwen Zhang

    Siwen Zhang

    Sixth-Year Doctoral Student
    Human Development and Education

    Siwen is interested in how the children of immigrants and refugees from developing countries negotiate linguistic, cultural and identity development in transnational contexts. In addition, she is interested in learning about the motivations and challenges to achieving civic engagement among immigrant youth. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Eleanor O'Donnell

    Eleanor (Nell) O'Donnell

    Fifth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Nell has over ten years of experience working in education for nonprofit organizations and most recently as an independent consultant. Her recent work has included a multi-country project to support emergent literacy and numeracy in early childhood centers, as well as a program to professionalize youth workers in Jordan. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Silvia Diazgranados

    Dr. Silvia Diazgranados

    Ed.D. (2016)
    Senior Researcher for Education, International Rescue Committee

    Silvia studies the multi-level factors that influence the development of citizenship competencies in young people, and applies this knowledge in designing, implementing and evaluating the effect citizenship education programs with at-risk students in international settings.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Anastasia Aguiar

    Anastasia Aguiar

    Third-Year Doctoral Student
    Cultures, Institutions, and Society

    Anastasia's research interests include civic development, historical understanding, and migration in the United States and South Asia. Prior to graduate school, she taught high school history in Rhode Island, and worked at an education foundation in Delhi, where she focused on teacher professional development.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch

    Seventh-Year Doctoral Student
    Educational Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice

    Kathleen studies education policy and strategies to reduce educational inequality, particularly in mathematics. She is a Doctoral Fellow in Inequality & Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is also affiliated with the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Jessica FeiJessica Fei

    Sixth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Drawing upon the disciplines of sociology, psychology, and geography, Jessica's dissertation research examines how teaching artists and students make sense of their experiences in place-based programs at a Boston community arts studio. Her scholarly interests also include critical youth studies, youth participatory action research (YPAR), arts-based research, and social justice youth development.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Ashley LeeAshley Lee

    Fifth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Ashley is exploring issues at the intersection of digital media and youth’s civic and political expression. As part of R&D efforts, she designs and studies digitally networked, participatory spaces for young people.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Krista Goldstine-ColeKrista Goldstine-Cole

    Sixth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Krista's research interests reflect her lifelong advocacy for children, and focus on the physical, mental and behavioral health effects of adverse childhood experiences across the lifespan.  

  • Early Career Scholars

    Ellis Reid

    Ellis Reid

    Second-Year Doctoral Student
    Cultures, Institutions, and Society

    Ellis explores the civic and moral dimensions of schooling. He is especially interested in better understanding the extent to which schools and community organizations can encourage young people, especially young people from historically marginalized communities, to critique power and fight for meaningful social change.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Bonnie MackintoshDr. Bonnie Mackintosh

    Ed.D. (2017)
    Postdoctoral Fellow,  Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research / Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Bonnie's research interests focus on the relationship between social-emotional learning and academic outcomes in early care and educational programs. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Janet KwokDr. Janet Kwok

    Ed.D. (2014)
    Research Analyst, City University of New York

    Janet received her doctorate in Human Development and Education at HGSE, where she pursued projects focused on supporting the development of civic engagement in young people. She now applies her statistical and mixed-methods expertise to her work as a research analyst at the City University of New York (CUNY).

  • Early Career Scholars

    Kim StevensKim Stevens

    Sixth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    KIm's interests include social and cultural capital accumulation and class identity formation in emerging adulthood. Her current work explores the social and civic experiences of high-achieving low-income students at elite college campuses. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Liu JiangLiu Jiang

    Third-Year Doctoral Student
    Cultures, Institutions, and Society

    Liu's research focuses on Chinese youths' development of civic identities, especially their political identification with the state, as it is influenced by the political, economic, and sociocultural contexts of K-12 education. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Jacob FayJacob Fay

    Seventh-Year Doctoral Student
    Educational Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice

    A philosopher of education, Jacob's dissertation develops an innovative ecological theory of injustice that synthesizes different theoretical accounts of injustice—such as those of critical theorist Nancy Fraser, and those of liberal theorists like Judith Shklar and Amartya Sen—with insights inspired by developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory. 

  • Early Career Scholars

    Maung NyeuMaung Nyeu

    Fifth-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Maung comes from Indigenous community in the mountains of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. He is a co-founder of of K-10 schools and publisher of local language based culturally relevant children’s books. He is a contributing author in a book titled, “Languages in Global World”, published by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  • Early Career Scholars

    Julia HigdonDr. Julia Higdon

    Ed.D. (2015)
    Manager of Research and Analytics, Avenues: The World School

    Julia's research focuses on civic attitudes among adolescents, particularly attitudes toward minority groups. She's broadly interested in issues of measurement, and in the development of scales that would be useful measures of civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

  • Early Career Scholars

    Amy CheungAmy Cheung

    Seventh-Year Doctoral Student
    Culture, Communities, and Education

    Amy's research interests focus broadly on issues of identity across the lifespan and in relation to diverse contexts. Her dissertation explores experiences of illness and their consequences on the identities of doctoral students. Other research has examined the role of civic engagement and educational messaging in the identity development of Asian American youth.  

Fall 2017 Workshop Dates

Our tentative fall dates for the ECSP Friday Workshops are: September 8, October 6, October 27, November 17. Our spring dates are being finalized. 

This upcoming year, we are partnering with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Workshops will be held in the Safra Center's Seminar room, 124 Mt. Auburn St., from 9.00 am - 12.00 pm. Refreshments are provided.

If you are not a member or affiliate of ECSP and wish to attend one of our workshops, please email Helen Haste (helen_haste@gse.harvard.edu).