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Kristin Black

Research Scientist


Kristin E. Black is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human Development and Social Change at New York University. Her work focuses broadly on postsecondary literacy and on policies and practices that support racially, economically, and linguistically diverse students in the transition to college. She has experience with a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, including network analysis, mixture modeling, case study, interview research, and quasi-experimental design. She also has fifteen years of experience teaching reading, writing, and literacy education in colleges and high schools. 

Dr. Black's current work with the Center for the Success of English Learners focuses on course access and success of English learners in NYC middle and high schools. Previous projects at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools have focused on issues of college readiness and access, particularly large-scale studies of college-going patterns in NYC. She has worked closely with the research and policy arms of the City University of New York and NYC Public Schools. She has also provided evaluation and technical support for college access partnerships between local universities and community-based organizations.

Dr. Black's work has appeared in the Journal for Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Written Communication, and Assessing Writing. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from NYU, as well as a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and Language from the University of Virginia.