Nancy E. Hill is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. Her research focuses on cultural, economic, and community influences on family socialization patterns that in turn shape child and adolescent development and achievement. Through this research, she identifies pathways of influence among families, children, and their contexts that are plausible levers for policy and program interventions to enhance children’s potential.
At Radcliffe, Hill is continuing her work on ethnic and economic differences in adolescents’ academic achievement, sense of purpose, and educational aspirations and variations in the role of families and schools in supporting youth from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. She will develop and test theories about how families and schools support youth. Specifically, Hill will focus on similarities and variations in families’ roles and strategies in supporting youth and how schools function to promote students’ sense of belonging, connection, purpose, and post-secondary school success.
Hill earned her BS in psychology from the Ohio State University and her MA and PhD in developmental psychology from Michigan State University, and she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University. Most recently, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship from the William T. Grant Foundation for her work on improving adolescents’ academic adjustment holistically by creating interagency collaborations at the state and local levels. She also received the 2010 Best Journal Article Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.