Kathryn Hill staff photoKathryn Hill is a Post Doctoral 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.

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, “Black Parents, Trust and Public Schooling: How Urban Schools Earn the Trust and/or Distrust of Parents.” This work 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.    

Email: kathryn.hill@nyu.edu

Phone: 212.992.9378