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Miranda Cunningham
Miranda Cunningham



Adjunct Instructor

  • PhD in Social Work & Social Research, Portland State University
  • MA in Elementary Education, Washington State University - Vancouver
  • BA in Human Development, Washington State University - Vancouver
PSU History

I arrived at PSU in the fall of 2010 as a doctoral student, and worked as a graduate research assistant in the Regional Research Institute for Human Services on a project investigating the effects of an intervention supporting self-determination in foster youth aging out of the child welfare system.

Academic/Research Focus

My primary role as an instructor is focused on teaching and service. I enjoy working with students, and I've found that many of them have had a non-traditional educational path like my own (as returning students and/or first-generation college students). 

My research and publications have focused on the experiences of foster youth aging out of care and first-generation students in social work and child and family studies.

Personal Interests

I love reading, writing, and seeing the world through the lens of a camera. I also enjoy walking our very energetic dog, hiking, and occasionally, running. 

Our family was formed through kinship care and foster care and adoption, so my partner and I have many young adults in our lives and have a fairly expansive notion of what constitutes "family." We are fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends in the NW, and spend as much time as we can with them.  

Curriculum Vitae