Stanford University


Jasmine Hill is a mixed-methods researcher and scholar activist, focused on improving the economic conditions of low-income people of color in the United States. She's written about the impact of economic mobility and class conflict on Black family relations and her dissertation focuses on untangling whether or not the middle class is still attainable for African Americans without a college degree. As a consultant, she offers research support and data analysis services to organizations and brands looking to tell stories with data. 



In Press and Working Papers


Inequality in the 21st Century: A Reader

February 2017 | Link

In this new collection, David B. Grusky and Jasmine Hill present readings that lay bare the main changes in the social and economic landscape, what’s driving these changes, and what might be done to reverse them. This reader delivers the latest and most influential contributions on economic inequality, social mobility, educational inequality, racial and ethnic relations, and gender inequality.

Kin Support Practices of the Black Middle-Class: Navigating Cultural Norms and Class Background in Familial Exchange

November 2017 | Under Review

Kin support is essential for the American poor but scholarship on its availability to low-income black people is discordant.  In 41 in-depth interviews with black middle-class adults, I find that while kin support is typically viewed as a black cultural norm, class background shapes both one’s attitudes on familial support and how individuals interpret black needs, and therefore, the way families manage kin support.  

Where Help Comes From: Family Transfers, Class Background and Race

January 2018 | Under Review

When an individual experiences economic mobility, do the benefits of their financial success trickle down to others or do they keep the wealth to themselves? More broadly, what might be unexpected consequences of individual upwardly mobility - particularly for one’s extended family unit? In this paper, I use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to explore the relationship between class background and financial contributions to kin among a nationally representative sample of American adults. 

Why is There So Much Poverty in California? The Causes of California’s Sky-High Poverty and the Evidence Behind the Equal Opportunity Plan for Reducing It

May 2015 | Download Report

This report describes the current state of poverty in California, to discuss concrete steps that could be taken to reduce poverty in California, and to present the best available evidence on the likely effects of those steps. We take on an important but infrequently-posed question: If California were to seriously commit to reducing poverty, how might that commitment best be realized?


  • Facilitator, Cultural Competency in the Classroom. Ongoing. 

  • Invited Lecturer, Qualitative Methods. Stanford School of Medicine, Fall 2017. 

  • Teaching Assistant, Qualitative Methods. Stanford University. 

  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Sociological Thought. Mills College. (syllabus)

  • Teaching Assistant, Urban Underclass. Stanford University (section syllabus).

  • Coordinator/Facilitator, Black Consciousness Program. Bunche High School, Fall 2015.

  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity. Stanford University. 

  • Teaching Assistant, Interpersonal Relations. Stanford University. 

  • Instructor, Intergroup Dialogue & Conflict Resolution. UCLA. (syllabus)




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