Jill Pierce

Research Associate




B.A. in Comparative Literature: Brown University
M.A. in Teaching of English: Columbia University
Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: New York University


Jill Pierce joined Research for Action as a Research Associate in 2018. She provides qualitative research leadership and oversight on several evaluation projects related to out-of-school time programs, professional development and curriculum initiatives, and community schools. Before joining RFA, Jill served as a qualitative researcher at the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU, and her past research has included gathering and analyzing data on professional development supports for teachers in a large, high-poverty school district; providing guidance to early childhood literacy mentors; and conducting interviews with teachers, students, and parents about a range of educational issues impacting low-income students. She is also the co-editor of a book focused on educational equity. Jill is a former English teacher and environmental educator, has a Master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College, and received her Ph.D. in Urban Education from NYU.