People

Director


Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD

Jennifer is the founder and director of the Agency and Young Children research team. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood Education area at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on the connection between agency and discrimination in the early learning experiences of children of immigrants.

Affiliated Faculty


Katherina Payne, PhD

Katherina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the  Social Studies area at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests focus on understanding, questioning, and furthering the relationship between public schools and the health and renewal of democracy.

 


Kiyomi Sánchez-Suzuki Colegrove, PhD

Kiyomi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Bilingual Bicultural Education area at Texas State University. Her work centers on better understanding the curricular and pedagogical preferences of Latinx immigrant parents and the relationship between home and school particularly in the early grades.

 


Soyoung Park, PhD

Soyoung is an Assistant Professor of Equity & Diversity in Special Education in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the educational experiences of children who are at the intersection of English learner status and special education designation.

Researchers


Molly E. McManus, PhD

Molly is a post-doctoral fellow with the Agency and Young Children Research Collective at the University of Texas at Austin. A former bilingual elementary school teacher and educational psychologist by training, her research explores the ways that early childhood education contexts shape the learning experiences and development of young children from Latinx immigrant and other marginalized communities.

Graduate Research Assistants


Monica Alonzo, MA

Monica is a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood Education area at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a former special education preschool teacher. Her research focuses on inclusive early childhood classroom communities.

 


Anna Falkner, MA

Anna is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Anna is a former preschool and elementary school teacher, and her research is focused on critical issues such as race/racism in early childhood social studies.

 


Natacha Jones

Natacha is a graduate student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood Education area at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a decade of teaching experience as a bilingual and early childhood teacher. Her research focuses on equitable pedagogies and educational experiences for communities of color and other marginalized communities.

 


Sunmin Lee, MA

Sunmin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood Education area at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a formal preschool teacher and had worked with young children in South Korea and the U.S. Her research centers on the experiences of young children and families in inclusive early childhood educational settings.

 

Nnenna Odim, MA

Nnenna is a doctoral student in Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood Education area at the University of Texas at Austin. Her experience as an early childhood teacher guides her exploration into the ways young children negotiate and resist inequity in their environment. Her research focuses on socio-cultural influences and inquiry-driven interactions in early childhood spaces.

 


María José Ruiz González, MA

María José has a Masters in Bilingual-Bicultural Education and currently is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Her expertise in early childhood comes from her work as a preschool teacher and  teacher educator in her home country of Costa Rica.