About the Institute: People

Lawrence Gianinno
Research Professor
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Culture, Identity, and Economic Socialization
26 Winthrop Street
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-4449
Fax: (617) 627-5596
Email: lawrence.gianinno@tufts.edu

Lawrence Gianinno is a Research Professor at Tufts University (Medford, MA) where he is a member of the faculty in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, a member of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, and also an affiliated faculty member at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts. In addition, Dr. Gianinno was recently appointed Editor (with Richard Lerner and Celia Fisher) of the journal Applied Developmental Science.

He was trained as a cultural and developmental psychologist at the University of Chicago, and earned his doctoral degree there from the Department of Psychology, Committee on Human Development. Since that period of time, he has studied how culture influences the development of children and young people, in particular, how ethnicity, religion, and media affect what children and young people learn about the economic world.

Dr. Gianinno has begun a series of studies in the Boston metropolitan area to determine what children of recent immigrants understand about their economic world and what the everyday economic practices are in which they are engaged. His research seeks also to identify the family and community-related experiences that influence the development of this kind of understanding and behavior.

His research is the first to systematically examine the relationship that ethnicity and religion may play in shaping the economic values and practices of the children of immigrants, and focuses at this time on the children of Lebanese immigrants who are members of the Boston area's Maronite and Muslim communities.

Dr. Gianinno's earlier career took place in the Foundation world and in the world of business. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was Vice President, Strategic Communication, at the William T. Grant Foundation (New York, NY), where he helped develop and implement its communication strategy targeting networks of influential scholars, policy makers, and practitioners. For several years, he was Vice President for Program, Social, and Developmental Research at the ABC Television Network (New York, NY), responsible for primary research for all network programming. And before that, Dr. Gianinno was the senior executive for consumer, marketing, and advertising research at leading New York-based advertising agencies, working with clients such as General Electric, IBM, Kraft General Foods, McDonald's, General Mills, Kellogg Company, and Colgate-Palmolive.