Theoretical perspectives on the integration of culture and human development; Narratives of identity and place in communities; Navigating multiple cultural worlds, with a focus on ethnic minority, immigrant, and under-represented communities; Interpretive and Narrative Analysis methods in the study of children and families.
- PhD, Child Development, Purdue University, United States, 1983
- MSc, Child Development, University of Baroda, India, 1975
- BSc, Home Economics, Punjab Agricultural University, India, 1973
Current research projects are broadly aimed at examining the dynamic and fluid processes of development, using interpretive research approaches, including person-centered and idiographic analytic methods. In a current line of research on the development of self and identity, I use a narrative approach to study the processes of identity development and how context matters in the construction of identity. Other ongoing research projects broadly address issues of equity and access, including analysis of narratives of unfair treatment and how narrators make sense of these experiences; perceived discrimination in neighborhood contexts; and narrative analysis of young mothers' educational and early parenting trajectories.
Prior to joining Tufts University, I worked at the Center for the Development of Early Education at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, where I was engaged in research and program development projects for early childhood education. Since then, I have maintained a commitment to developing effective collaborations with practitioners in educational and community-based human service settings. With colleagues on the RISE Project (Readiness through Integrative Science and Engineering), we have worked to co-construct curriculum and professional development supports for Head Start teachers, building on children's existing knowledge and experiences in home and community contexts.
Another ongoing collaboration is with the City Lights Writing Collaborative that 'uses writing as a platform for creative youth development, critical thinking, and civic engagement'. This project led by Kerri Bowen (AG00, AG10), the executive director of the Boston Shakespeare Project, consists of collaborative writing projects that connect local middle, high school, and college students to craft and share their stories with the community.