Jennifer K Adair

Jennifer K Adair
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Office: SZB 528J
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Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Adair also currently oversees the Agency and Young Children Research Collective and is the director of Dynamic Innovation for Young Children, a partnership with the San Antonio Independent School District to re-design preK-3rd grade classrooms district-wide. Her work focuses on the connection between agency and discrimination in the learning experiences of young children and how we can engage young children in authentic learning experiences about race, community and their real lives.

Dr. Adair is a former Young Scholars Fellow with the Foundation for Child Development where she conducted a video-cued ethnographic study of children’s agency and its impact on social and academic development. She recently completed a major Spencer Foundation study on civic agency in preschool classrooms serving Maori, Aboriginal and Latinx immigrant communities in New Zealand, Australia and the United States respectively. Trained as a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, Dr. Adair uses video-cued ethnography to privilege the voices and perspectives of young children, teachers and parents and how they see and understand schooling. Dr. Adair has published in numerous journals including Harvard Educational Review, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Young Children, Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Teachers College Record. She currently serves on the editorial board of Teachers College Record and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She lectures in multiple countries and her work, reports and expertise have been covered by many media outlets including NPR, CNN, The Conversation, Huffington Post, Time, Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. She is the co-author of Children Crossing Borders: Immigrant Parent and Preschool Teacher Perspectives on Preschool for Children of Immigrants. And her new book – Segregation by Experience: Agency, Racism and Early Learning published by The University of Chicago Press is due out at the end of 2020.