Dr. Mistry and her students study children’s experiences of social inequality and its influence on their academic and social outcomes.

Our research has three principal foci:

  • Examining the extent to which contextual factors, such as poverty, immigration, and social policies, influence family dynamics and, in turn, children’s developmental outcomes.
  • Investigating the development, consequences, and malleability of children’s beliefs about social inequality.
  • Understanding children’s racial-ethnic and social class identity development, consequences, and intergroup attitudes.