Allegra J. Midgette, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She received her Ph.D. in Human Development in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Midgette graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Education, with honors, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa.  Dr. Midgette has collaborated with scholars at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil),  Northeast Normal University  (China), Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China), and Seoul National University of Education (South Korea).

Dr. Midgette’s research investigates the origins and social processes that support individuals in developing an understanding of justice and learning how to care for others in an inequitable and unjust world. Her work addresses two key questions: How do we come to care about each other and about justice within the family? How do we become just in the face of inequality?

To investigate these questions, Dr. Midgette employs a mixed methodology that places the experiential reality of children and their families at the forefront. The long-term goal of her work is to characterize how  cultural, societal, and family practices influence individual moral development, with the ultimate aim of supporting the creation of interventions that contribute to individuals’ development into more caring and just individuals.


Dr. Midgette’s courses taught at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science:

Methods for Cross-Cultural Research (Online)

Equity Considerations for Scholars: Taking a Critical Approach to Research (Online)