Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the director of CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) at Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. CIRCLE’s research topics range from youth voting, youth organizing, national service, to civic engagement, to name a few. CIRCLE’s research reaches a wide range of audiences including educators, policymakers, and parents, through outlets such as such as New York Times, NPR, Vox, Channel 1, C-SPAN, and NBC. Kei sees research as a powerful tool for addressing inequity.
Kei is particularly interested in providing various organizations and communities with research that would help increase civic and political engagement among ethnic minority and immigrant populations. Kei earned her doctorate degree in 2008 from Loyola University Chicago in Clinical Psychology and has extensive experience in working with youth of diverse backgrounds both as a researcher and a practitioner. Throughout her graduate career, she focused her research on positive youth development, including civic engagement.