Mesmin Destin Ph.D.

Mesmin Destin, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology and in the School of Education & Social Policy. He is also a fellow of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. Destin directs a multidisciplinary lab group and engages in research that investigates social psychological mechanisms underlying socioeconomic disparities in educational outcomes during adolescence and young adulthood. He uses laboratory and field experiments to identify social factors and interactions that influence how young people perceive themselves and pursue their futures. At the university level, Destin examines how social experiences and institutional resources shape the motivation and educational trajectories of low socioeconomic status and first-generation college students.

Destin’s research has been funded by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. His work has been published in journals including American Psychologist, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Psychological Science. Destin is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and recipient of the American Psychological Association Committee on Socioeconomic Status Emerging Leadership Award.

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