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Jennifer Keys Adair

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Keys Adair, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin, a young scholar fellow with the Foundation for Child Development and a public voices fellow with The OpEd Project. She also is the co-author of Children Crossing Borders as well as a series of research articles on early learning in diverse classrooms, all of which can be found at

Jennifer completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education at Arizona State University with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Jennifer is a former preschool teacher. Her research and teaching interests focus on the role of race, culture(s) and cross-cultural experiences in early childhood education, with a particular focus on the experiences of teachers, parents and children from immigrant communities. She is concerned with improving educational equity at all levels of early childhood education, particularly through the inclusion of project-based instruction and other agency-producing teaching/learning approaches in the early grades.


  • –present
    Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Texas at Austin