Jasmine Hill is a sociologist whose work explores the mechanisms that lift communities of color out of poverty, and the ramifications of upward mobility for those populations. Her scholarship and teaching interrogate the intersections of work, race, class, and inequality. She is currently a National Poverty Fellow and Ph.D Candidate at Stanford University. Jasmine’s scholarship has appeared in 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 race, inequality and the labor market, Jasmine is regularly called to design and evaluate diversity and inclusion initiatives with organizations like the Annenberg Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, University of California Students Association, and numerous corporate partners like Soylent, Boingo Wireless and PocketWatch. 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 Riverside, California, collecting data for her dissertation. 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. Jasmine is passionate about food, bad television, and being the MVP in escape rooms. She is Jim & Cynthia's daughter, and definitively, Hazel's grandchild.  

Select Honors & Awards

  • National Poverty Fellow, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

  • 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



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