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Sean Darling-Hammond

Sean Darling-Hammond


B.A., Sociology, Harvard University ('06)
J.D., Berkeley Law School ('14)

My research agenda ultimately boils down to two words: expand belonging.

One strand of my research focuses on k-12 public school discipline reform. I am working on using advanced quantitative methodologies to assess the effectiveness of California's Restorative Justice (RJ) programs and identify the conditions under which they thrive.

The second stand focuses on means of reducing interracial bias and distance. Currently, I am conducting data analysis to assess the effectiveness of intergroup contact (in schools, workplaces, and other contexts) at reducing racial bias.

In the past, I have written law review articles providing research backed tips for improving higher education pedagogy, advocating for a constitutional obligations to provide every child with an empowering education, and highlighting vulnerabilities in juvenile courts that render them more likely to issue decisions informed by implicit biases.

I have written articles for The Nation regarding bias in terrorism coverage and regarding bias in the Electoral College. And I've written for EdWeek regarding the promise of magnet schools and regarding a recent threat to Obama era regulations designed to mitigate shocking racial disparities in public school discipline.

Please see my resume for article links.

Research Interests

  • Education
  • Law
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination
  • Restorative Justice
  • School Discipline
  • Intergroup Contact Theory

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Entered PhD Program



Rucker Johnson

Curriculum Vitae

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Last updated on 08/14/2018