Jayanthi Mistry is an applied developmental and cultural psychologist whose scholarship and teaching examines the diverse realities of the human experience among under-represented communities within the United States and across the world. She earned her doctorate in Child Development from Purdue University. Prior to joining Tufts University, she worked at the Center for the Development of Early Education at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, where she was engaged in research and program development projects for early childhood education. Since then, Dr. Mistry has maintained a commitment to developing effective collaborations with practitioners in educational and community-based human service settings. Recent research projects include investigations of ethnic-racial identities among ethnic minority and immigrant youth, narrative analysis of young mothers’ educational and early parenting trajectories, and research and curriculum development in preschool classrooms.
As a 2020-2021 Tisch Faculty Fellow, Dr. Mistry will implement a research & civic engagement development project that will bring together high school students from Tufts’ neighborhood communities and Tufts students to become involved in a research project as a means of promoting critical awareness and reflections about societal stratification, hierarchies, and inequities. The research experience at the core of the project, designed to promote critical consciousness, will serve as the impetus for students to generate a variety of advocacy and civic engagement projects racial justice, in partnership with City Lights, a non-profit organization, founded by Kerri Bowen, Ph.D., an alumna of the Tufts English Department.