About

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Dr. Jasmine Hill is a sociologist whose work explores the causes and consequences of social mobility for Black Americans. Broadly speaking, her scholarship and teaching interrogate the intersections of inequality, racism, class, and culture, while maintaining an overarching goal towards economic justice. She is currently Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at UCLA. Jasmine’s scholarship has appeared in leading academic journals like Social Problems, The Journal of Cultural Economy, and in 2017 she co-edited Inequality in the 21st Century with David B. Grusky (Westview Press). She’s also authored several influential research briefs for policymakers, surveying topics like race, intimate partner violence, and tactics to eliminate extreme poverty.

Her scholarly contributions have been recognized by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Stanford Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity. Because of her expertise on matters related to racism, inequality and the labor market, Jasmine is regularly called to design and evaluate diversity and inclusion initiatives with organizations like Blue Shield of California Foundation, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and numerous corporate partners like Soylent, Boingo Wireless, and PocketWatch. She currently serves as Scholar-In-Residence for PledgeLA, an initiative she co-created with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Annenberg Foundation to measure and increase equity within LA's emerging tech industry. Over the years, her work and advocacy have garnered attention from TIME Maganize, The Los Angeles Times, and Cheddar News. Jasmine maintains an active speaking, facilitating, and training schedule - working with universities, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and corporations to increase racial equity in our economy.

Jasmine was born in Chicago and raised in the Oakland-Bay Area. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Kal Stewart, Interim Athletic Director at Long Beach City College. She received her Master's of Arts and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. In 2012, Jasmine was selected as one of twelve Public Affairs fellows by the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. She earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 where she served as student body president. Outside of racial justice, Jasmine is passionate about bad television and escape rooms. She is the daughter of legends Jim Hill & Cynthia Carter-Perrilliat, and she's definitively Hazel's grandchild.  

Select Honors & Awards

  • Barbara & Sandy Dornbusch Award for a Contribution to the Understanding of Solution of a Social Problem – Stanford Sociology Department

  • American Sociological Association, Family Section - Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, Honorable Mention

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems – Graduate Student Paper Competition, Runner Up

  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Graduate Student Research Grant

  • Stanford Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship

  • Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Dissertation Fellowship

  • Stanford University Haas Center – Graduate Public Service Fellowship