Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick is co-editor of the Chicago Model Book Project about the Urban Education Institute's University of Chicago Charter School campuses. Her research interests include parent engagement in schools, informal organizational accountability and the social production of social and cultural capital in organizational settings. She is also a data analyst for the University of Chicago Lottery Studies.
In addition to McGhee Hassrick's work as an academic scholar, she has been a classroom teacher in public and private schools in the United States and abroad. After she received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, she served in the United States Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Cameroon, West Africa. Following her Peace Corps service, she participated in the Return Peace Corps Fellows program that places teachers in high poverty schools in the United States. While teaching elementary students on the Navajo reservation, McGhee Hassrick completed her M.A. in elementary education at the University of New Mexico. She next taught in Seattle, Washington at a private school before leaving teaching to pursue her advanced degrees. McGhee Hassrick received the 2006 Benjamin Bloom Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation work as well as a Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition to presenting her research at several peer reviewed conferences, such as American Sociological Society and the American Educational Research Association, she recently coauthored an article titled “Parent Surveillance in Schools: A Question of Social Class” in the American Journal of Education.
McGhee Hassrick received an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and is currently a postdoctoral scholar for the University of Chicago Committee on Education.