Kirsten Dara Hill, Ph.D.

Professor, Reading and Language Arts
Dara Hill
College of Education, Health, and Human Services
C9 Fairlane Center South | 19000 Hubbard Drive | Dearborn, MI 48126

Teaching Areas:

Elementary Certification, M.A. in Education

Research Areas:

Literacy, Multicultural Education, Urban Education

Biography and Education

Dr. Hill prepares pre and in-service teachers for culturally sustaining pedagogies and home and school partnerships in urban and diverse teaching contexts.  Her research centers around social networks and school choice in Detroit,  the role of language that supports literacy acquisition among language minority students, and pre and in-service teachers’ negotiation of culturally sustaining pedagogies.  She has presented her research at national and international conferences, including the Literacy Research Association, American Educational Research Association, and European Conference on Literacy.  She has contributed her expertise on the educational landscape in a variety of media outlets, including the 1A Show, Newsy, Time Magazine, Detroit Today, The University Record, The University of Michigan-Dearborn Reporter and Bridge Michigan.  Dr. Hill produces documentary short films that showcase her research on school choice in Detroit.

Ph.D., Michigan State University in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, with a concentration in Literacy, Language and Culture

M.Ed.,  Wayne State University, Reading Specialist Endorsement 

AB.Ed. from the University of Michigan.