Ariel Kalil

Professor, The Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago; Director, Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, The University of Chicago

Ariel Kalil is a professor in The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. She is a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents’ socioeconomic status affect child development and parental behavior. Her recent projects have examined the relationship between parental education and time with children, the effects of the Great Recession on parental behavior and child development, and the association between income inequality and children’s educational attainment. Kalil received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. Before joining Chicago Harris’ faculty in 1999, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center. Kalil has received the William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award, the Changing Faces of America’s Children Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Child Development, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2003, she was the first-ever recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development Award for Early Research Contributions. Her recent work has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and by the MacArthur and Russell Sage Foundations.