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Elan Hope

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Poe Hall 760


Dr. Hope takes an assets-based approach to explore factors that promote academic, civic, and psychological well-being for racially marginalized adolescents and emerging adults. Dr. Hope has two primary lines of research.

1) Examining psychological and contextual factors related to education, schooling, and academic well-being for underrepresented racial minority students.

2) Investigating how sociopolitical attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (e.g., justice, discrimination, efficacy) relate to civic engagement from early adolescence into emerging adulthood.


Research Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Hope, E.C., & *Bañales, J. (2018). Black early adolescent critical reflection of inequitable sociopolitical conditions: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Adolescent Research. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0743558418756360

Hope, E.C., *Velez, G., *Offidani-Bertrand, C., Keels, M., & Durkee, M. (2018). Political activism and mental health among Black and Latinx college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 24(1), 26-39. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000144

Butler-Barnes, S., Martin, P., Hope, E.C., Copeland-Linder, N., Lawrence, M. (2018). Religiosity and coping: Racial stigma and psychological well-being among African American girls. Journal of Religion and Health, Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10943-018-0644-9

Gray, D.L., Hope, E.C., Matthews, J.S. (2018). What opportunities do Black adolescents have to belong at school? A case for cultural distinctiveness and citizenship as instructional and institutional opportunity structures. Educational Psychologist. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/00461520.2017.1421466

Barnes, C.Y., & Hope, E.C. (2017). Means-tested public assistance programs and adolescent political socialization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(7), 1611-1621. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0624-x

Hope, E., Keels, M., & Durkee, M. (2016). Participation in Black Lives Matter & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Modern activism among Black and Latino college students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 9(3), 203-215.

Moore, S., Hope, E., Eisman, A., & Zimmerman, M. (2016). Predictors of civic engagement among highly involved young adults: Exploring the relationship between agency and systems worldview. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(7), 888-903. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21815

Hope, E. (2016) Preparing to participate: The role of youth social responsibility and political efficacy in civic engagement for Black early adolescents. Child Indicators Research, 9(3), 609-630. doi: 10.1007/s12187-015-9331-5

Hope, E., Hoggard, L., & Thomas, A. (2015). Emerging into adulthood in the face of racial discrimination: Physiological, psychological, and sociopolitical consequences for African American youth. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 4(1), 342-351. doi: 10.1037/tps0000041

Hope, E., Skoog, A., & Jagers, R. (2014). “It’ll never be the White kids, it’ll always be us”: Black high school students’ evolving critical analysis of racial discrimination and inequity in schools. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(1), 83-112. doi: 10.1177/0743558414550688

Hope, E., & Jagers, R. (2014). The role of sociopolitical attitudes and civic education in the civic engagement of Black youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24(3), 460-470. doi: 10.1111/jora.12117

Hope, E., Chavous, T., Jagers, R., & Sellers, R. (2013). Connecting self-esteem and achievement: Diversity in academic identification and dis-identification patterns among Black college students. American Educational Research Journal, 50(5), 1122-1151. doi: 10.3102/0002831213500333


Ph.D. Education and Psychology University of Michigan 2013

M.S. Psychology University of Michigan 2010

B.A. Psychology Smith College 2008