Meredith Phillips

Meredith Phillips
Meredith Phillips
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Sociology,
University of California, Los Angeles

Meredith Phillips is an associate professor of public policy and sociology and chair of Undergraduate Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 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 currently 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. Dr. Phillips co-founded EdBoost, a charitable, educational non-profit whose mission is to reduce educational inequality by making high-quality supplemental educational services accessible to children from all family backgrounds. She also co-founded the Los Angeles Education Research Institute (LAERI), a Los Angeles-based research-practice partnership that collaborates with the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Dr. Phillips is a past recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.

Publications by Meredith Phillips
GDTFII Brief Data
What impact do California’s publicly-financed preschool programs have on kindergarten readiness and student success? Which schools are moving low-income, Hispanic English learners to full English proficiency most successfully? Are smaller K-3 class…