Heather D. Hill is an associate professor in the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. She is also a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington.
Her research examines how public and workplace policies influence family economic circumstances and child wellbeing in low-income families. She brings an inter-disciplinary lens to these topics, integrating theoretical and methodological insights from developmental psychology, economics, and sociology. Hill’s current research projects include: trends and consequences of income instability in households with children, effects of local and state minimum wage laws, and effects of state earned income tax credits on multiple forms of violence.
Hill received a Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University in 2007. She also has a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington. Hill spent three years as a research analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Washington, D.C., and two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Ivory Coast.