My name is Karlyn Adams-Wiggins (Ph.D., Education, Rutgers University; B.A., Psychology, Lafayette College) and I'm both an activist and an educational/applied developmental psychologist. I'm broadly interested in the intersection of academic achievement motivation and identity, with a specific focus on how adolescents’ identities are negotiated in social interactions. My equity-oriented approach to research has involved heavy use of qualitative methods, such as video-recorded observations of group work in middle school classrooms, microgenetic analyses of videorecorded groupwork and whole class instruction, ethnographic field work, and qualitative interviews with secondary and postsecondary students as well as primary caregivers of early learners. Not only am I passionate about educational equity, but I am also deeply invested in addressing the root cause of these inequities. While this is not in my research publications (and will likely never be), I try to direct much of my time toward work that I believe can advance organized struggle against our oppression and end exploitation as a way of life. I believe thinking carefully about the political economy of academia is vital and will be an important step toward positively contributing to those organized struggles I care about most.

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