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Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Newhouse Director of CIRCLE

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Newhouse Director of CIRCLE
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Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Newhouse Director of CIRCLE. She oversees CIRCLE’s wide-ranging portfolio of research and impact projects with its diverse partners and for audience groups. Kei has a background in Community Psychology and Social-Emotional Learning, which she applies to various projects at CIRCLE. Before coming to CIRCLE, Kei worked with young people and families at a public high school, and at an emergency room and community health center as a therapist in training. Working with people who faced numerous structural challenges made her want to work with systems that created those challenges in the first place, which attracted her to CIRCLE.

As a leading voice in the youth civic engagement field, Kei is frequently featured in major outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Channel 1, and NBC. Kei 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.  Most recently, she played a major role in development of the Our Common Purpose, a commission-report from the AAA&S, and the Educating for American Democracy initiative.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, with an emphasis on positive youth development and community psychology.

Ph.D. — Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2008
M.A. — Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2004
B.A. — Psychology, Knox College, 2001
Professional Experience
Deputy Director, CIRCLE
Lead Researcher, CIRCLE
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Knox College
Service Memberships
National Board | Generation Citizen
National Board | Democracy Works
Steering Committee | Educating for American Democracy
Steering Committee | Equity in Civics, Generation Citizen
Advisory Committee | Our Common Purpose, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Advisory Group | Project Information Literacy
Advisory Group | Citizen Z Project, Education Week
Advisory Council | Women in Civics, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute