Tonia Durden, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Tonia Durden’s primary areas of interest and scholarly activity include the socio-cultural development of young children, culturally relevant teaching and assessment and racial socialization and identity development. She focuses on examining how educators and families can support the socio-cultural and identity development and awareness of young children. Engaging in critical dialogues and partnerships with international scholars on issues of educational equity and the identity development of children are an important part of her research and professional trajectory. She has had opportunities to extend her scholarship and outreach internationally to countries including China, Kenya and Sweden.

Durden is committed to using extension, outreach, scholarship and research to develop and support culturally responsive professionals who strive towards becoming agents of change in their classrooms, communities and beyond. She currently supervises graduate student research in child development and early childhood education.