Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education 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. As a young scholar fellow with the Foundation of Child Development and a major grant recipient of the Spencer Foundation, Dr. Adair is working with parents, teachers, administrators and young children to improve the learning experiences of young children from marginalized communities. Her areas of expertise include early childhood education, children of immigrants' schooling experiences, immigrant parent engagement, project based learning and the importance of young children exploring racial and cultural differences.
Dr. Adair has received many awards for her research and published findings in a wide range of journals including Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Race, Ethnicity and Education. She co-authored the recent book Children Crossing Borders: Immigrant Parent and Teacher Perspectives on Preschool for Children of Immigrants. She has conducted research projects in the United States, India, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout Europe. She recently authored a report and webinar for the Migration Policy Institute titled, "The Impact of Discrimination on the Early Schooling Experiences of Children from Immigrant Families." In addition to academic journals, Jennifer has spoken at SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive. Her work and expertise can be found in a variety of news outlets including The Conversation, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, Edweek, CNN, EdCentral and National Public Radio.