seeks to expose students to multiple types of knowledge — both academic and non-academic — while prioritizing the use of evidence to support decisions affecting children and their families. Leveraging the work of developmental-contextual theorists to teach how individuals grow and learn, I strive both to show how the discipline has evolved over time and expand it.

Ultimately, in my work preparing future practitioners, researchers, and policymakers, my goal is to center an equity-focused and socially-just understanding of human development.

Teaching appointments

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Spring 2022, 2021, 2020

I designed and currently teach this master’s level course. Students learn about developmental-contextual frameworks to understand the mixed-status immigrant population.The course helps students develop a clear understanding of the tangible ways children’s interactions with policies, society, history, family, schools, and communities produce varied developmental trajectories.


Growing up Sin Papeles:

Developmental Implications for Mixed-Status Families



[HPL101] How People Learn


Summer 2021, 2022
Summer 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Harvard Graduate School of Education


Since 2018, I have been involved in the learning design, content development, and course administration of a fully online common core experience course at HGSE, How People Learn, which connects the science of learning and human development to professional practice in education across settings. In 2021, I joined the faculty team for the course.