Keren Zuniga is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches graduate courses in developmental theory and adolescent development. Dr. Zuniga received her B.S. in Biology and Society from Cornell University. She then completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. She specializes in ethnic minority adolescent development and education with a special emphasis on the academic achievement of rural Latino/a and immigrant youth. Her research interests also include parental involvement and expectations among Latino/a immigrant and non-immigrant families. Dr. Zuniga has experience working with schools to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of curricula and placement policies as they affect “at-risk” students. In addition, she has knowledge and experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Dr. Zuniga's most recent rural school project was a two-year-long investigation of academic tracking practices and parental involvement for Latino/a students in a small Midwestern community which experienced a ten-thousand percent increase of their Latino/a population.
Recent Related Publications
Zuniga, K., Olson, J. K., & Winter, M. (2005). Science education for
rural Latino/a students: Course placement and success in science.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 42, 376-402.
Zuniga, K. (2004). The Influence of individual characteristics and
parenting behaviors on adolescent academic performance. Ames, IA:
Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Iowa State University.