Ilana Horwitz, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow, Stanford Center on Longevity
If you ask a young person in the U.S. about what matters to them in life, they are likely to mention religion. In fact, religion has been one of the most powerful forces throughout U.S. history and it remains so today. Unfortunately, those who study education generally don't take religion into account. This is a problem. We can't fully understand how and why young people have different educational outcomes without accounting for their religious commitments.
In my current brook project, God, Grades, and Graduation: How Religion Helps and Hinders Academic Success (Under Contract with Oxford University Press), I examine how adolescents' religious commitments shape their educational journeys.
In my book, as well as my work more broadly, I use quantitative and qualitative research methods. I look comparatively across multiple religious traditions, and I have a particular interest in Christians and Jews. One of my studies was recently featured in the media. Read more here.
Prior to becoming a post-doctoral fellow, I completed my PhD at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. I also hold a Masters in Sociology from Stanford University, a Masters in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Emory University.