Winston School of Education and Social Policy


Laura Hsu

Academic Title

Associate Professor, Human Development and Human Services

Additional Title

Program Director, Human Development and Human Services

Research Interests

  • Identity
  • Self-Concept
  • Self-Integration
  • Transformative Justice

Research Summary

My research centers on fostering identity development and examining the role identity can play for students, teachers, and caregivers in transformative justice.


  • Ed.D., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  • Identity
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Concept
  • Self-Integration

Recent Publications

Dobbs, K. L., Hsu, L. M., Garrone-Shufran, S., Barber, N., Kourouma, F., Perez-Castillo, Y., & Rich, S. (2022). Centering youth voices: An interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to civic engagement. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 40(2).

Anand, D., & Hsu, L. M. (2022). Scrutinizing whiteness in “antiracist” children’s literature: For whom and by whom? Journal of Children’s Literature, 48(1), 45-55.

Anand, D., & Hsu, L. M. (2020). COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter: Examining anti-Asian racism and anti Blackness in US education. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Higher Education, 5(1), 190-199.

Anand, D., & Hsu, L. M. (2020). Think outside the book: Transformative justice using children’s literature in the classroom. Journal of Curriculum Studies Research, 2(2), 122-143.

Hsu, L. M., & O‘Brien, G. (2020). The integration of self in relationships. In T. Bidell & M. F. Mascolo (Eds.), Handbook of integrative psychological development (pp. 374-391). Boston, MA: Taylor & Francis Group.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected Speaker, Last Lecture, Merrimack College, 2016.
  • Inducted Member, Omicron Delta Kappa, Merrimack College, 2016.
  • Selected Speaker, Psi Chi Induction Ceremony, Merrimack College, 2014.