Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. She manages CIRCLE’s expansive portfolio of initiatives and products such as original research, resources for educators and public audience, on a wide range of topics related to civic learning and civic life.
With a background in positive youth development and interest in diverse and marginalized youth, she sees research as a powerful tool to address inequity in opportunities to succeed, and to have a voice in civic life. She was a key author of CIRCLE’s major reports “Taking the Lead: How Educators Can Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap”, “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement, Pathways into Leadership: A Study of YouthBuild Graduates”, “Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds”, and “The Republic is (Still) at Risk and Civics is Part of the Solution”.
As a leading voice in youth civic learning and engagement, Kawashima-Ginsberg is frequently featured in news outlets such as New York Times, Atlantic, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Channel 1, and NBC. She is a recipient of Jobs For The Future Distinguished Fellowship for Student-Centered Learning (2016-2018), and services on the National Board of Generation Citizen, Democracy Works, and the Leadership Council for Nonprofit VOTE. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, with an emphasis on child and adolescent, and positive youth development.