Scholars

Alen

Alen Agaronov

Doctoral Student, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Secondary Field, Critical Media Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

New Civics is embodied in Alen's experience with participatory action research, or PAR. Alen was first introduced to PAR in the context of food justice...

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Anastasia Aguiar

Anastasia Aguiar

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Anastasia's research interests include school-family relationships and young people's civic development in schools, with a regional focus on South Asia. As part of the Out of Eden Learn team, she is also studying the impacts of digital cross-cultural inquiry and exchange on students’ understandings of cultures. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Anastasia taught high school history in Providence, Rhode Island, and worked on teacher professional development at an education foundation in Delhi. She holds a BA in history from Brown University.
Chen Chen

Dr. Chen Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Ed.D. (2017), Harvard Graduate School of Education

Chen is a postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he works in the Science Education Department on STEM related topics. His dissertation, Romantic Transfer: From Science to Social Ideologies (2017), explored what happens when students unconsciously transfer their learning from the hard sciences to the social world. He found that science instruction implicitly empowers students to make social hypotheses and to engage in moral-civic-political discourse.... Read more about Chen Chen

Vidur Chopra

Vidur Chopra

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Vidur focuses on adolescent and youth civic agency in the developing world and particularly in post-conflict countries with large youth bulges.  He is interested in the role of formal and non-formal educational opportunities in young people's imaginings of their roles in rebuilding conflict-torn societies and the potential and promise education holds for peace building. He has policy-based experience while consulting for UNICEF and UNHCR and practice-based experience while working for international organizations such as Save the Children and RET.... Read more about Vidur Chopra

Nikhit D'Sa

Dr. Nikhit D'Sa

Ed.D. (2015), Human Development and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Advisor, Research and Learning, Save the Children

Dr. Nikhit D’Sa is a developmental psychologist with experience as a technical advisor and applied researcher on education and child protection programs in development and humanitarian contexts. He has expertise in supporting field teams in the development of evaluation plans for their research, designing appropriate measures and surveys, conducting formative qualitative research, translating mixed methods findings for different audiences, and working with practitioners to make evidence-based changes to interventions. Currently, Dr. D’Sa is the principal investigator on studies related to Positive Youth Development (PYD), Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and Education in Emergencies (EiE).... Read more about Nikhit D'Sa

Silvia Diazgranados

Dr. Silvia Diazgranados

Ed.D. (2016), Human Development and Education
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 to designing, implementing and evaluating the effect citizenship education programs with at-risk students in international settings. She is the founder of Juegos de Paz in Colombia, an education for peace program that has been implemented in 35 rural schools of areas highly affected by violence. She is currently Senior Researcher for Education at the International Rescue Committee and a Researcher with the Global Education Innovation Initiative.... Read more about Silvia Diazgranados

Jacob Fay

Jacob Fay

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jacob Fay is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a graduate fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. His research focuses on the ethics of education policy and practice, as well as contemporary political theory. His thesis 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.... Read more about Jacob Fay

Jessica Fei

Jessica Fei

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jessica explores themes of place, identity, and narrative as they relate to the life and learning experiences of adolescents. Her recent work has focused on how high school students create, resist, and challenge boundaries through their neighborhood narratives. Through her internship on the New Civics, she is studying ways to support storytelling and dialogue in online contexts, and designing curriculum that engages young people in critical reflection and creative thought through the theme of place.... Read more about Jessica Fei

Krista  Goldstine-Cole

Krista Goldstine-Cole

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Krista Goldstine-Cole is an advanced doctoral student in human development and education, a Presidential Scholar and an Early Career Scholar. She is interested in the social policy of healthy child development, particularly in the role of schools and community in reducing the need for social services across the lifespan. Krista's current projects focus on timing and accumulation of risk and protective factors in relation to high-cost outcomes such as incarceration and mental disorders.... Read more about Krista Goldstine-Cole

Jonathan Hampton

Jonathan Hampton

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jonathan's research focuses on the intersection of social inequality and educational experience. He is broadly interested in social stratification, processes of educational internationalization, student experience, and status attainment in comparative perspective. His ECSP project explores the ways in which race, class, and national contexts influence student experiences at elite universities. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and he has previously studied at the University of Oslo in Norway and in Florence, Italy.... Read more about Jonathan Hampton

Reid Higginson

Reid Higginson

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Reid’s research focuses on how college students understand the purpose of their education. Situated in the context of increased vocationalism in higher education, Reid’s work aims to inform how colleges can best convey their civic and liberal arts missions to diverse student bodies. As a Research Assistant at Project Zero, he uses mixed methods to study the perspectives of multiple stakeholders across college campuses and he has also conducted historical research on how “experimental colleges” in the 1950’s and 1960’s sought to reshape liberal arts education.
Liu Jiang

Liu Jiang

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Liu Jiang is a third-year doctoral candidate concentrating in Culture, Institutions, and Society at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on practices of peer governance and rituals of peer culture in Chinese classrooms. As an ethnographer, she is interested in understanding how these day-to-day peer dynamics shape Chinese youth's perceptions of their civic roles and relationships in school and society. She holds a M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Linguistics and International Relations from Ohio State University.... Read more about Liu Jiang
Janet Kwok

Dr. Janet Kwok

Ed.D. (2014), Harvard Graduate School of Education
Research Analyst, City University of New York

Janet works on internet and society issues, specifically on understanding and measuring the changing influence of media institutions and individuals. Her current research focuses on discussions of civic matters on Twitter. Her dissertation was a mixed methods analysis (multinomial logistic regression, thematic analysis, discourse analysis) of student responses to hypothetical situations of discrimination in school. Currently, Janet is Research Analyst for the City University of New York (CUNY).