Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. CIRCLE is a nonpartisan research organization producing and translating knowledge about how young people acquire civic skills and identities through a variety of experiences, and what makes certain learning experiences more effective than others. Drawing on her background in positive youth development and community psychology, her core scholastic interests are in understanding how young people interact with the cultural, educational, and institutional factors and shape their civic and political developmental trajectories over time. While Kei is interested in ensuring that any educational solutions target all young people, she is especially interested in diminishing learning opportunities gaps, including civic opportunities gaps.
Kei is a member of the board of directors at Generation Citizen, and serves in the Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTE. Kei earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Family and Children from Loyola University Chicago. She lives with her husband and three young children in Lowell, Massachusetts.