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Elan C. Hope
Fellow, Former

Elan C. Hope


Elan C. Hope was a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and an associate professor of psychology and university scholar at North Carolina State University. In her work, Hope takes an assets-based approach to understand how youth understand racism and how race and racism relate to civic engagement, civic education, and activism for adolescents and young adults. 

Hope’s research has been published in JAMA PediatricsEducational Psychologist, and the American Educational Research Journal and funded by the Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and National Science Foundation. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Adolescent Research.

Hope earned her BS in psychology from Smith College and her PhD in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. She completed postdoctoral research in comparative human development at the University of Chicago.