Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

POSTPONED: Economic Inequality and Young People’s Views About Self and Society
Rashmita Mistry, Professor of Education, UCLA

Young people are growing up in a world that is increasingly economically segregated into the ‘haves’ and the ‘have not.’ In the United States, economic inequality is the highest it has been in over 50 years, and social mobility is low. How do young people (i.e., 5-14 years old) reason about and experience such inequality? What are their perceptions of their own and others’ socioeconomic position and societal stratification? In this talk, Dr. Mistry reviews findings from a series of studies examining how young people’s make meaning of their socioeconomic environments – at home, school, in their communities, and society more generally.   

Rashmita S. Mistry, PhD, is Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Education & Social Transformation in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and completed postdoctoral training at the Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A developmental psychologist, Dr. Mistry’s research examines the consequences of family socioeconomic resources and disadvantage on children’s developmental outcomes, and children’s perceptions, reasoning, and experiences of social status (i.e., social class, race/ethnicity, nationality). Her scholarship has been recognized by a Distinguished Research Award (Human Development) from the American Educational Research Association (Division E), and a Social Policy Award for Best Edited Book – Societal Contexts of Child Development (with Elizabeth Gershoff & Danielle Crosby) – from the Society for Research on Adolescence.  Her recent publications include a co-edited (with Martin Ruck & Constance Flanagan) special issue of Developmental Psychology on Children’s Understanding and Experiences of Economic Inequality: Implications for Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice. Dr. Mistry is recipient of the Inaugural Lena Astin Faculty Mentoring Award and a Teaching & Mentorship Award from UCLA’s Department of Education, and the Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship Award from APA Division 9’s Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issue. She currently serves on the Governing Council for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and is past-Chair of SRCD’s Equity & Justice Committee. She was a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2019 Presidential Deep Poverty Initiative Working Group, and is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS). She is a consultant for Sesame Workshop and, is currently consulting on a project focused on families’ experiences of poverty and public benefit use for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children & Families).