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Meredith PhillipsAssociate Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at UCLA

areas of expertise
  • Children and families
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Race and ethnicity
  • PhD, Sociology, Northwestern University
  • MA, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
  • BA, Human Biology and Spanish Literature, Brown University

Meredith Phillips is currently cooperating with the Los Angeles Unified School District on a range of research projects. She is an Associate Professor of public policy and sociology at UCLA. Her research focuses on ethnic and social class disparities in educational outcomes and how to reduce those disparities. She cofounded the Los Angeles Education Research Institute (LAERI), an applied research-practice partnership with LAUSD, and EdBoost, an education services non-profit. Her current projects, in collaboration with Kyo Yamashiro, examine school effectiveness and college-readiness supports and outcomes in LAUSD. She is also completing (with Sarah Reber) a randomized, IES-funded efficacy trial of a Southern California-focused college access intervention. Her research, which uses statistical, survey, experimental, and qualitative methods, has been funded by the California Community Foundation, College Futures Foundation, Kaplan Family Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Phillips co-edited The Black-White Test Score Gap and has published in journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Child Development, and the Sociology of Education. She has an A.B. from Brown and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern.

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