Learning & Exchange Webinar: Dr. Judy Y. Chu and Dr. Joseph Derrick Nelson

In their Learning & Exchange session, Dr. Judy Y. Chu and Dr. Joseph Derrick Nelson discussed their research on boys in early childhood and adolescence. The panelists shared insights on:
  • Voice-centered, relational research methods for learning about boys (and other children) within the contexts of their lives
  • Seeing children as meaningful sources of information and experts on their experiences
  • Intersectional approaches to research on gender socialization as it relates to racial, class, and sexual diversity 
  • How boys are socialized toward patriarchal norms of masculinity
  • Policy implementation and reform that reflects the research findings to promote healthy masculinity and child development in schools



Dr. Judy Y. Chu is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development. Judy received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied boys’ relationships and development in early childhood and adolescence with Carol Gilligan. Judy’s research highlights boys’ relational strengths and how their gender socialization can impact their connections to themselves and to others. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor (with Niobe Way) of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). Judy also developed curricula for The Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, and currently serves as Chair of Movember Foundation’s Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee. 
Dr. Joseph Derrick Nelson is Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as a sociologist of education, his research examines race, boyhood, and education with learning environments that serve Black students from neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. His forthcoming book is entitled, (Re)Imagining Black Boyhood: Portraits of Middle School Success (Harvard Education Press), and he recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Boyhood in the United States, with over thirty contributors. In public media, his research has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and National Public Radio. In the United States and abroad, he has presented his research at The White House Summit for Children’s Media and Toys, the Ideas Festival of the Aspen Institute, and the International Boys’ School Coalition. Last year (2020), he was named a Co-Editor of the historic journal, Men and Masculinities. In the high-poverty neighborhood where he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he taught first-grade in a single-sex class of Black boys.
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