Nancy Erbstein

Position Title
Assistant Researcher

Human Development & Family Studies

2341 Hart Hall

Nancy’s work focuses on place and the production and disruption of disparities in adolescent well-being, with a particular focus on disparities associated with race, ethnicity, immigration and socio-economic status. Conceptually her work is grounded at the nexus of theories of development in social ecological contexts, critical human geographers’ analyses of space and place as socially produced, and critical race theory. Her emphasis on well-being situates her work at the intersection of educational reform, public health and community development. Although trained as a qualitative researcher, her research interests have led her to collaborate with quantitative methodologists and GIS experts. Nancy also brings significant experience in the areas of community youth development and youth participatory action research, as a founder and former co-director of a non-profit intermediary organization that supported youth-led research, evaluation and planning in California communities for over fifteen years. Her key ongoing projects focus on: (1) measuring geographic disparities in adolescent well-being and vulnerability, (2) unpacking the socio-spatial processes that help produce disparate youth opportunities and outcomes, (3) exploring neighborhood and regional scale approaches to changing youth conditions that integrate young people as mobilizers and knowledge-producers, and (4) strengthening campus-community translational work around youth well-being.

Select Publications

Erbstein, N. (2013). Engaging underrepresented youth populations in community youth
development: Tapping social capital as a critical resource. New Directions for Youth Development, No. 138, Summer 2013, 109-124.

Erbstein, N., Hartzog, C., & Geraghty, E. (2013). Putting Youth On the Map: A Pilot Instrument For Assessing Youth Well-being. Journal of Child Indicators, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 257-280.

Burciaga, R. and Erbstein, N. (2013). Latina/o Dropouts: Generating Community Cultural Wealth. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal v6 n1 p24-33.

Campbell, D., Trzniewski, K., Nathaniel, K., Erbstein, N. (2013). Positive Youth Development as a Strategic Opportunity for California. California Agriculture (Special Edition on Healthy Families and Communities)

Sikic, N., Grundberg, E., Erbstein, N., Miller, E. (2012). Initial Evaluation of a Student-Run Fruit and Vegetable Business in Urban High Schools. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Erbstein, N. and Miller, E. (2012). Partnering With Families and Communities to Address Academic Disparities. In T. Timar and J. Maxwell-Jolly (Eds.) Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Strategies and Perspectives for Challenging Times. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Campbell, D. & Erbstein, N. (2012). Engaging Youth in Community Change: A Comparative Analysis of Seven Coalitions. Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, 43:1, 63-79.

London, J.K. & Erbstein, N. et. al. (2011). Healthy Youth Healthy Regions. Sacramento, CA: Sierra Health Foundation.

Campbell, D., Erbstein, N. et al. (2010) Engaging Youth In Community Change: Outcomes and Lessons Learned From the Sierra Health Foundation’s REACH Youth Program. Sacramento, CA: Sierra Health Foundation.

Krone, A., Dlalani, N., Jack, M., Erbstein, N., London, J.K., Miller, D., Mudhara, M. (2010). Photovoice As A Tool For Planning and Measuring Impact of Community-Based Economic Development Initiatives: Renewing Research Models and Practices. Conference Proceedings: Innovation In Sustainable Development In Agriculture and Food (June 28-July 1, 2010).

Erbstein, N. and Heckman, P. (2007). Locating Support for Disconnected Youth in the San Joaquin Valley. Davis, CA: Center for Community School Partnerships, U.C. Davis School of Education.

London, J., K. Zimmerman, N. Erbstein (2002). “Youth-led Research, Evaluation and Planning as Youth, Organizational and Community Development.” New Directions in Evaluation. 2002(96), pp. 33-45.

Youth In Focus (2001). Youth REP Step by Step. Oakland, CA: Youth In Focus.

Little, J. W., Erbstein, N. & Walker, L.. (2001). High School Restructuring and Vocational Reform: The Question of “Fit” in Two Schools. NASSP Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 625, pp. 17-25.

Little, J.W., R. Dorph, Chambliss, D., Erbstein, N., Gephart, M., & Kirkpatrick, L. (1998). Lessons About Comprehensive School Reform.Berkeley: SB 1274 School Restructuring Study, University of California at Berkeley.

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