Meredith Phillips is an associate professor of public policy and sociology as well as chair of undergraduate affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. Phillips studies the causes and consequences of educational inequality, in particular the causes of ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in educational success and how to reduce those disparities. She is conducting an ethnographic longitudinal study of adolescent culture, families, schools, and academic achievement; an analysis of classroom environment surveys; and a study of promising school-based practices for improving students’ achievement. Phillips cofounded EdBoost and the Los Angeles Education Research Institute. Phillips is a past recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University.