Keshia L. Harris is a researcher at AIR, where she designs and implements quantitative and qualitative research studies; leads research methods and early literacy instruction trainings; attends and presents at conferences; and engages in youth serving proposal development. Currently, Dr. Harris is the Illinois and Ohio State Liaison for the Regional Educational Laboratories Midwest (REL Midwest) and conducts outreach meetings with leaders of organizations that serve schools and school districts in order to build partnerships and share relevant REL Midwest resources. Dr. Harris has served as the stakeholder engagement task lead for the Illinois Preschool Development Birth through Age Five (PDG B-5) grant with the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. Additionally, she is the qualitative lead for the self-affirmation Write to Achieve study focusing on middle school students, and the squad lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Frontier Set project in which she leads a staff of research assistants and associates to collect data from six community colleges in order to evaluate each institution’s transformational processes.
Dr. Harris specializes in cross-cultural education research and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. Prior to joining AIR, she taught English as a second language in Chile and conducted research in Brazil, Colombia, and South Africa in education and public health. Her previous experiences have focused on improving educational and youth development resources for children and adolescents in Latin America. Dr. Harris has published in leading scientific journals and books such as American Behavioral Scientist, Societies, the Urban Education Handbook, and the Handbook of Culturally Responsive School Mental Health: Advancing Research, Training, Practice, and Policy. She has 10 plus years of experience teaching, counseling, and conducting research in public schools in the U.S. and internationally.