Kim Stevens is a doctoral candidate in the Culture, Communities, and Education concentration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She is a Presidential Scholar whose ECSP research explores how service-learning programs may serve as a useful context for supporting low-income undergraduates’ connection to campus, identity development, and future goal formation. Her dissertation research employs in-depth phenomenological interviewing to examine how low-income students who participate in a federal TRIO program make meaning of their engagement in campus extracurricular and co-curricular activities.Prior to attending HGSE, Kim conducted mixed-method evaluations of school-community partnerships and teacher professional development initiatives at a program evaluation firm in Portland, Oregon. Kim has also conducted ethnographic research abroad with teachers in Sri Lanka, and locally with low-income residents of coastal Maine communities. She currently serves on the Board of the Association for Moral Education (AME).
Her research interests include post-secondary student engagement, the structural and cultural dimensions of educational inequality, civic education, and identity development in emerging adulthood. Kim holds an A.B. in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from Harvard University.