- Ph.D., Stanford University, 1986
- M.A., Brown University, 1977
- B.A., Brown University, 1976
As an educational anthropologist with a commitment to comparative education, my research and writing has focused on the role of culture and cultural diversity in education, with a particular focus on issues of identity, self, and multiculturalism in the United States and East Asia. I am particularly fascinated by the ways in which tacit culturally based constructions of self and self-other relationships affect the educational process. As such, my work lies at the intersection of education and cultural psychologies of self, with a strong cross-cultural comparative focus. My dissertation research was focused on Iranian immigrants in the United States, and I have also done ethnographic field research in South Korea and Japan, where I explored issues of minority cultural experiences, cultural nationalism, and cross-cultural learning as they impact constructions of national cultural self-identity.
A second focus of my work has been on the ways in which cultural perspectives inform views of teaching and learning, particularly in early childhood. This interest is reflected in my writing on constructions of emotion in parenting and contemporary social emotional learning, and more generally on the diffusion of ideologies of childhood globally. Most recently I have been developing a research focus on the situation of children and education in Haiti, where questions of child labor and welfare are both locally constructed, as well as being shaped by international and global constructions of children\‘s rights and social justice. My research in Haiti will focus on moving beyond the victimization model by focusing on the agency of children\‘s involvement in social networks and their engagement in informal learning as a modality of survival in oppressive conditions.