Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU.

He is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development.

He has also conducted research on culture, sexuality and youth and young adult development in the contexts of HIV / AIDS risk and prevention and gay / straight alliances.

He conducts research in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries.

Previously he served as the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and as its Academic Dean.

He currently serves on the Leadership Council and as the Co-Chair of the early childhood development and education workgroup of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research and technical group advising the Secretary-General on the post-2015 global development goals.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and several foundations.


His recent books include:

  • Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life and Child Development (2006, Russell Sage, with Thomas Weisner and Edward Lowe)
  • Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs (2008, Oxford University Press, with Marybeth Shinn)
  • Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage, sole authored)
  • Improving the Odds for America's Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice (2014, Harvard Education Press, with Kathleen McCartney and Laurie Forcier, a volume dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Children's Defense Fund with a foreword by Congressman George Miller and an afterword by Marian Wright Edelman).

He has served on the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academy of Sciences, the Early Childhood Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DHHS Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation for the Clinton and Obama Administrations.

In 2012 he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences.

In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.

He currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society, the National Academy of Sciences Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally, and the boards of the Foundation for Child Development and the Russell Sage Foundation.

He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from NYU.


Implementing Quality Early Childhood Programs in the Context of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals