Dr. Anyiwo examines cultural factors that promote Black youth’s empowerment and wellbeing. Central to her work is the examination of proximal (e.g., family) and distal (e.g., public figures) cultural forces that shape Black youth’s social identities, sociopolitical beliefs, and behaviors. Given the ubiquity of media in the lives of youth, Dr. Anyiwo also investigates the role of digital contexts and art as sociocultural influences on Black youth.
She believes that this work should be done in collaboration with youth and their communities in order to translate findings from an emic perspective. She seeks to use her work and collaborations to inform programming that supports the positive development of Black youth as well as social policies which impact the lives of Black communities.
Dr. Anyiwo earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research examining the influence of media and sociocultural factors in shaping the construction of Black youth’s racial-gendered identities and sociopolitical development has been supported by various funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation.