Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Sean Darling-Hammond

Research Interests

  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Civil/Human Rights
  • Communication and Media
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Education
  • Government
  • Law
  • Political Psychology
  • Politics
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Restorative Justice
  • School Discipline

Biography

My interests stem from my B.A. in Sociology, experiences working as the Director of Research at a mission driven communications firm, and J.D. and work in education law and policy. I plan to take a primarily (but not exclusively) quantitative approach to assessing the effectiveness of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Restorative Justice (RJ) programs in K-12 schools at:

1) reducing disproportionalities in school discipline (and related involvement in the juvenile justice system), 

2) increasing students' feelings of connection to their school and broader communities, and 

3) encouraging success (academic and otherwise) in and after school.

I hope to assess how different student, school, and community characteristics interact to impact the effectiveness of these programs so that I might ultimately glean actionable insights into how these programs can be effectively personalized to different students and implemented in different contexts. Assuming certain programs are determined to be effective in specific contexts, I also hope to identify messages and approaches that can persuade policymakers and practitioners to sustainably implement and continuously improve them to improve student outcomes.