Luke’s research rests at the nexus of developmental and educational psychologies. Specifically, he examines how contextual, sociocultural, and sociopolitical factors shape key developmental and psychological processes and promote adolescents’ academic success and their development more generally. Broad areas of interest include achievement motivation and identity; school engagement and achievement; critical consciousness; educational assessment; and issues related to equity in education.
In his dissertation research, Luke conducted a small-scale randomized controlled trial, testing if an adapted ‘values-affirmation’ social-psychological intervention could bolster students’ academic performance while raising levels of critical consciousness at the same time.
Luke has more than a decade of experience in the education field, having worked with a network of charter schools as a central office administrator, in support of grants management, at-risk programming, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Before completing his Ph.D. in educational psychology, Luke studied English literature, receiving both his bachelor and master’s degree in English from Grand Valley State University.
Luke and his wife Sarah live in Grand Rapids, MI with their son Jonah and their daughter Adelyn.