Jonathan Hampton is a fifth-year doctoral student concentrating in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research examines the impact of cultural processes in shaping educational experiences and outcomes. As a Spencer Foundation New Civics Early Career Scholar, he is working on a project that explores how elite students' conceptions of the purpose of higher education inform their curricular and extra-curricular experiences as they strive to maximize the returns of their college education.
Jonathan has worked on research projects with HarvardX, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, the Good Participation Project (Principal Investigators: Dr. Howard Gardner and Dr. Carrie James) at Project Zero, the Center for Urban Ethnography (now Center for Ethnographic Research), and the Laboratory for Social Research (Principal Investigator: Dr. Robb Willer). These research projects have explored faculty experiences in developing and teaching online courses, faculty job satisfaction, young adults' use of digital media for civic purposes, the role of social context in shaping meaning-making processes, and the relationship between reputational incentives and prosocial behavior, respectively.
Jonathan holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also previously studied at the University of Oslo in Norway and in Florence, Italy.
His CV can be found here.