Using a critical and participatory approach, my research concerns young people’s engagement in resolving global social and environmental injustices. This broad interest is an opportunity to collaborate with children, youth, and other researchers and practitioners on multiple, specific topics, including: citizenship and children and youth’s inclusion in governance at multiple scales; participatory research designs and methodologies; children’s protection from all forms of violence; gender and economic equality; sustainable development in both the majority and minority world; and children’s rights.
My current work builds on my dissertation research, which looks at the different organizational structures of children’s membership organizations, and how these different structures increase or diminish opportunities for children and youth to exercise their citizenship rights. This interest grew out of my experience as a research associate with the Children’s Environments Research Group working on the Article 15 Project, a global partnership promoting children’s right and capacity to self-organize. Through this research, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with children, youth and adults in Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and West and North Africa.
Previously, as a member of the Public Science Project, my colleagues and I collaborated with New York City youth on The Food Justice Project, a participatory action research team investigating the food environment of a neighborhood in Brooklyn. One focus of the project was incorporating young people’s perspectives into the academic and public discourse on low-income individuals’ accessibility to fresh and healthy food.
At UCLA, my research with the Peer Norms Lab focused on peer influence, bullying, and resiliency in adolescents transitioning from elementary to middle school. This experience continues to inform my current work.