Gladys AguilarCurrent IIH Fellow
Doctoral student, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Gladys Aguilar is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Education—with a concentration in Human Development, Learning and Teaching—at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Drawing on her background as an immigrant from México, as well as on her professional experience as a child and family therapist and as a bilingual classroom teacher serving immigrant families, her research agenda has as a central focus the educational success and social-emotional well-being of immigrant-origin Latine children and youth.
Guided by socio-cultural ecological frameworks and drawing on diverse methods, Gladys’ work investigates Latine children’s bilingual and ethnic-racial identity development and the individual and contextual factors that inform these culturally adaptive developmental competencies. Her dissertation analyzed longitudinally the Spanish and English language development of young Mexican-origin children across the ages of 3, 4 and 5 years and examined the language features, cultural characteristics and family ethnic socialization practices of their immigrant-origin mothers that shaped this development. Through the findings of her dissertation and other projects, her research endeavors to deepen our understanding of the positive development of Latine children beginning in early childhood and elucidate the linguistic and cultural wealth of their families.