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Kathryn Hill

Senior Research Associate


Kathryn Hill is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Hill has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including case studies, interviews, network analysis, and quasi-experimental designs. Dr. Hill contributes to a number of projects for the Research Alliance, including studies examining the causes and consequences of inequality for historically disadvantaged NYC students. She was awarded the AERA Outstanding Publication Applied Research Award for her work in Persisting Students: Exploring the Pathways and Outcomes of Students Who Don't Graduate in Four Years, But Remain Enrolled in NYC High Schools.

Much of Dr. Hill’s research has focused on the intersection of race, class and political and cultural orientations toward schooling. She is interested in how education reforms impact urban communities and parent engagement and has worked to illuminate the perspectives of parents of color regarding education policies and practices. 

Dr. Hill was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Grant for her dissertation project, which examined the trust that African-American parents place both in their child’s school and the overarching New York City school system, in the context of education reform efforts and the gentrification of many historically Black neighborhoods.

While in graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Hill served as a research assistant for several programs: the Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE), the Ford Foundation’s Building Knowledge for Social Justice Program and the New Jersey Network of Superintendents Study. She also worked as an educator in the Bronx prior to graduate school, serving as both a 7th grade ELA teacher and a High School Academic Director for CitySquash, an after-school enrichment program. 

Dr. Hill studied Sociology and Education, and earned her Ph.D from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University.