Professor Keels' principal research interests concern issues of race-ethnicity, inequality, poverty, and the integration of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Keels, M. 2016. A Whole School Approach to Improving the Outcomes of Children Living in High Crime Communities. Prepared for Urban America Forward: Civil Rights Roundtable Series.
Keels, M. (April, 2016). Beyond Enrollment Rates: The Gaping Disparity in Where Black, Latino and White Students Enroll. EdTalk Project Report.
Keels, M. (August, 2015). Financial Distress at the Start of College. EdTalk Project Report.
Keels, M., Durkee, M., & Hope, E. (2017). The Psychological and Academic Costs of School-Based Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions. American Educational Research Journal, 54(6), 1316-1344.
Hope, E. C., Velez, G., Offidani-Bertrand, C., Keels, M., & Durkee, M. I. (2018). Political Activism and Mental Health Among Black and Latinx College Students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24(1), 26.
Hope, E. C., Keels, M., & Durkee, M. I. (2016). Participation in Black Lives Matter and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Modern Activism Among Black and Latino College Students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 9(3), 203-215.
Ghee, M., Keels, M., Collins, D., Spence, C. N., & Baker, E. (2016). Fine-Tuning Summer Research Programs to Promote Underrepresented Students' Persistence in STEM Pathway. CBE - Life Sciences Education.
Keels, M. & Rusin, S. (2016). Perceptions May Matter Most: A Comparative Examination of Teachers’ Perceptions of “Undocumented” Latino Students in Two High Schools. In. Jones B., & Rolle, A. (Eds.) Leading Schools in Challenging Times: Eye to the Future. Information Age Publishing.
Keels, M. (2014). Choosing Single Motherhood. Contexts. 13(2), 70-72.
Keels, M. & Harris, K. (2014). Intercultural Dating at Predominantly White Universities in the United States: The Maintenance and Crossing of Group Borders. Societies. 4(3), 363-379.
Keels, M., Burdick-Will, J., Keen, S., (2013). The Effects of Gentrification on Neighborhood Public Schools. City & Community. 12(3), 238-259
Keels, M. (2013). The Importance of Scaffolding the Transition: Unpacking the Null Effects of Relocating Poor Children into Nonpoor Neighborhoods. American Educational Research Journal, 50(5), 991-1018.
Keels, M. (2013). Getting Them Enrolled is Only Half the Battle: College Success at the Intersection of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 83(2pt3), 310-322.
Burdick-Will, J., Keels, M., & Schuble, T. (2013). Closing and Opening Schools: Neighborhood Characteristics and the Location of New Educational Opportunities in a Large Urban District. Journal of Urban Affairs.
DeLuca, S., Duncan, G., Keels, M., & Mendenhall, R. (2012). The Notable and the Null: Using Mixed Methods to Understand the Diverse Impacts of Residential Mobility Programs. In. Ham, M van, Manley D, Bailey N, Simpson L & Maclennan D (Eds). Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer.
DeLuca, S., Duncan, G., Keels, M., & Mendenhall, R. 2010. Gautreaux Mothers and Their Children: An Update. Housing Policy Debate. 20, 7-25.
Keels, M. 2009. Ethnic Group Differences in Early Head Start Parents’ Parenting Beliefs and Practices and the Link to Children's Early Cognitive Development. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 24(4), 381-397.
Keels, M. & Raver, C. C. 2009. Early Learning Experiences and Outcomes for Children of U.S. Immigrant Families: Introduction to the Special Issue. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 24(4), 363-366.
Keels, M. 2008. Neighborhood Effects Examined Through the Lens of Residential Mobility Programs. American Journal of Community Psychology. 42(3-4), 235-250.
Keels, M. 2008. Residential Attainment of Now-Adult Gautreaux Children: Do They Gain, Hold, or Lose Ground in Neighborhood Ethnic and Economic Segregation. Housing Studies. 23(4), 541-564.
Keels, M. 2008. Second-Generation Effects of Chicago’s Gautreaux Residential Mobility Program on Children's Participation in Crime. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 18(2), 305-352.
Keels, M., G. Duncan, R. Mendenhall, S. Deluca, & J. Rosenbaum. 2005. Fifteen Years Later: Can Residential Mobility Programs Provide a Permanent Escape from Neighborhood Segregation, Crime, and Poverty? Demography, 42, 51-73.