Grace Cho

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Grace E. Cho is a developmental psychologist, Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at St. Olaf College. She is also affiliated faculty of the Family Studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies Programs. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. and M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Cho teaches courses in child and human development, diverse families, and research methodology. Her research focuses on the variety of sociocultural factors and parenting processes that shape children’s emotional and self development. For example, her research team is examining mothers’ and fathers’ beliefs about young children’s development in S. Korean and American families, and their responses to children’s expressions of emotion.

Dr. Cho is coauthor of Self-Esteem in Time and Place: How American Families Imagine, Enact, and Personalize a Cultural Ideal (2017). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Self-Esteem in Time and Place is based on in-depth ethnographic research conducted with coauthor Peggy Miller on families with young children. It describes the beliefs and practices of American families as they worked with cultural ideas and ideals about self-esteem that surrounded them and reveals how self-esteem became a touchstone of American childrearing in the early years of the 21st century. The book can be ordered from the following sites:

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