Nancy E. Hill is a leader in the study of cultural influences on parenting and adolescent achievement. Her research ideally positions her to collaborate with Radcliffe faculty leaders on the Institute’s new policy studies initiatives as well as other academic activities.
Hill’s research centers on variations in parenting and family socialization practices across ethnic, socioeconomic status, and neighborhood contexts. She also focuses on demographic variations in the relations between family dynamics and children’s school performance and other developmental outcomes. Hill earned doctoral and master’s degrees in developmental psychology from Michigan State University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Ohio State University.
Among her recent and ongoing projects are Project PASS (Promoting Academic Success for Students), a longitudinal study between kindergarten and fourth grade that examines family-related predictors of children’s early school performance, and Project Alliance/Projecto Alianzo, a multiethnic, longitudinal study of parental involvement in education at the transition between elementary and middle school. She is the cofounder of the Study Group on Race, Culture, and Ethnicity, an interdisciplinary group of scientists who develop theory and methodology for defining and understanding the cultural context within diverse families.