Priya S Driscoll

Priya Driscoll
Professor of Education
Associate Dean of the School of Education, Director of Early Childhood Education Graduate Programs, Director of Undergraduate Education Programs; Director o
Education 215

Professional Interests: Communicative, social, and cognitive development in a diversity of learning environments; translating early childhood research into practice; the role of culture and experience in childrens attention and learning

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 2009


Priya Mariana Shimpi Driscoll is Associate Dean and Professor of Education at Mills College, where she directs the Early Childhood Education MA and BA programs. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Chicago in 2006 and has been at Mills College since 2009. Dr. Shimpi Driscoll's research program examines the role of cultural and environmental experiences in young children’s social and linguistic development. Her work also examines issues such as cultural language loss and bilingual education planning in families. Finally, Dr. Shimpi Driscoll is interested in how children learn through interactive play in museum spaces and other informal learning environments, including technology-focused contexts. She currently advises educational technology companies on curriculum development and child-robot interaction. A robot tutor she helped to create was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Inventions.


  • BA, Indiana State University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • PhD, University of Chicago

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2022

Days Times Room
  by appointment Education 219

Spring 2022 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Research Seminar - ECENSB 215
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Dissertation Research

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 036: Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children
  • EDUC 136: Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children
  • EDUC 137: Language Development: Literacy, Communication, and Multilingualism
  • EDUC 194A: Senior Seminar: Child Development
  • EDUC 194B: Senior Seminar: Child Development II
  • EDUC 237: Language Development: Literacy, Communication, and Multilingualism
  • EDUC 294B: Research Seminar'ECE