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Kristin Geiser

Kristin Geiser

Senior Research Associate
PhD, Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Kristin originally joined the Gardner Center in 2007 with a background in equity-centered school reform, teacher education, and qualitative research. After a sabbatical during which she remained engaged with Gardner Center as a consultant, Kristin returned in 2019 as a Senior Research Associate.

Her expertise is integrating the wisdom found in both research and practice to create inclusive, equitable and effective conditions for teaching and learning. She has more than twenty years of experience working at the intersection of research and practice with a focus on teaching, learning, qualitative research, diversity, equity, inclusion, and whole child/whole student development, including leadership roles at Stanford University and The National Equity Project (formerly the Bay Area Coalition of Essential Schools) and consulting roles with local foundations and nonprofit organizations.

She has conducted qualitative research in partnership with undergraduates, graduate students, and practitioners in order to better understand the experiences of those least served by our current approach to education and to find opportunities for improvement that support both the students and the adults who work with them and on their behalf. At the Gardner Center, she has worked on projects designed to improve the experiences and outcomes of vulnerable youth across the Early Childhood-Higher Education continuum.

Kristin holds a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Administration, Curriculum, Teaching, and Policy from UCLA.