Leah Bueso is a postdoctoral scholar with the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on issues of racial and economic inequality in special education law and pedagogy, as well as issues of access to civic education for students with disabilities. Leah received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Leah is also a credentialed special education teacher and reading specialist for children diagnosed with a language-based learning disability. She currently teaches the course "Educating for Informed and Equitable Voting" for in-service and pre-service educators. ----- As Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg leads all of their research activities while charting a vision of how that research can inform policy and practice to strengthen youth civic engagement. Kei is particularly interested in providing various organizations and communities with research that would help increase civic and political engagement among ethnic minority and immigrant populations. Kei earned her doctorate degree in 2008 from Loyola University Chicago in Clinical Psychology and has extensive experience in working with youth of diverse backgrounds both as a researcher and a practitioner. Throughout her graduate career, she focused her research on positive youth development, including civic engagement. Prior to joining CIRCLE, Kei taught as Visiting Instructor of Psychology at Knox College, where she became involved as an active collaborator for the Center in Galesburg, a community-based citizen organization. In collaboration with the Center in Galesburg, Kei designed a course in Community Psychology in which she taught college students about various types of engagement and actively involved them in the local community.
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