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. CIRCLE is a renowned nonpartisan national research institute that focuses on youth civic learning and engagement. She manages CIRCLE’s expansive portfolio of research initiatives, tools for educators and policymakers, and reports that influence policy and practice in civic learning. With a background in positive youth development and interest in diverse and marginalized youth, Kei knows research can be a powerful tool to address inequity by affecting policies and practice.
She was a co-author on many of CIRCLE’s key reports and has been published in various peer-reviewed and professional journals. She is also currently writing a book on the future of civic education. From 2016 to 2018, Kei was part of the inaugural cohort of the Distinguished Student-Centered Learning Fellowship program, along with other education leaders across disciplines and roles.
As a leading voice on youth civic learning and engagement, Kei has been featured in major media outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Channel 1 and NBC. She is a recipient of the Jobs for The Future Distinguished Fellowship for Student-Centered Learning (2016-2018), and serves on the National Board of Generation Citizen, Democracy Works and the Leadership Council for Nonprofit VOTE. Kei also serves on the American Academy of Arts and Science Commission on Democratic Citizenship and the American Bar Association Commission on Public Education.
She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, with an emphasis on child and adolescent psychology and positive youth development.