Sean Darling-Hammond is an assistant professor in the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He seeks to leverage research to expand belonging. His work uses tools from psychology, sociology, law, policy, and statistics to identify education policies that can both help K–12 and higher education students of all backgrounds thrive and help people of all backgrounds connect across stale social divides. Darling-Hammond spent five years as the Director of Research at Hattaway Communications; clerked for the District Court for the District of Maryland; and worked in education law and policy for Hogan Lovells and Education Counsel. He also served as the director of Berkeley High School’s restorative justice program, and, as a clerk for the East Bay Community Law Center, provided legal representation to special education students. Darling-Hammond received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.