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Matthew Diemer is an associate professor of educational psychology and educational technology. His teaching and scholarship emphasize the sociocultural context of human development and learning. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how marginalized youth negotiate structural constraints in school, college, and work. His program of research explores a) how marginalized youth develop a critical consciousness of social, political, and racial inequality and become motivated to produce social change and be politically active; b) career development and engagement with the opportunity structure among marginalized youth; and c) how this critical consciousness may help marginalized youth more effectively negotiate educational and vocational barriers. A new line of inquiry examines how low-income youths’ developmental context contributes to their postsecondary persistence. His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in journals such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Counseling Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

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