Dr Elan Hope

Associate Professor

Teaching and Research Interests

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.


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


  • PhD in Education & Psychology from University of Michigan, 2013
  • MS in Psychology from University of Michigan, 2010
  • BA in Psychology from Smith College, 2008