Barton Hirsch

Barton J. Hirsch

Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Annenberg Hall
Room 109
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 491-4418
Fax: (847) 467-6299


Bart Hirsch is an applied developmental scientist whose work emphasizes research and program development in relation to adolescents. His research is based on a social ecological model, which is sensitive to the interrelations of different social contexts and considers development in a life-course perspective. Hirsch is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Community Research and Action. He has served on the editorial boards of leading journals in adolescent development and community psychology and as general editor for Adolescent Lives in Context, a book series from NYU Press.

Prof. Hirsch is not accepting new graduate students.


  • 2012 - Social Policy Award for Best Authored Book from the Society for Research on Adolescence for After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure, published by Cambridge University Press.
  • 2006 - Social Policy Award for Best Authored Book from the Society for Research on Adolescence for A Place to Call Home: After-School Programs for Urban Youth, copublished by the American Psychological Association and Teachers College Press.



Year Degree Institution
1981 Postdoctorate, Social Ecology Stanford University
1979 PhD, Psychology University of Oregon
1971 BA, Philosophy University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications

Hirsch, B. J. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). A hard outcome for positive youth development programs. in S. Bae, J. Mahoney, S. Maschke, & L. Stecher (Eds.), International developments in research on extended education: Perspectives on extracurricular activities, after-school programs, and all-day schools. Berlin: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

Hirsch, B. J. (2017). Wanted: Soft skills for today's jobs. Phi Delta Kappan, 98, : 12-17.

Hirsch, B. J. (2015). Job Skills and Minority Youth: New Program Directions. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Mekinda, M.,& Hirsch, B. J. (2014). After-School Programs in D. DuBois & M. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2nd edition) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hynes, K., & Hirsch, B. J. (Editors) (2012). Career Programming: Linking Youth to the World of Work. New Directions for Youth Development (Special Issue).

Hirsch, B. J., Deutsch, N., & DuBois, D. (2011). After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hirsch, B. J., Hedges, L. V., Stawicki, J., and Mekinda, M. (2011). After-School Programs for High School Students: An Evaluation of After School Matters. Technical Report. [A publication version of this report appears as Appendix 1 of Job Skills and Minority Youth, 2015].
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Hirsch, B. J. (2011). Learning and Development in After-School Programs. Phi Delta Kappan: 92, 66-69.

Hirsch, B. J., Mekinda, M., & Stawicki, J. (2010). More than Attendance: The Importance of After-School Program Quality. . American Journal of Community Psychology: 45, 447-452..

Hirsch, B. J. (2008). After-School Programs: Positive Places in Unsafe Urban Communities in E. Goodenough (Ed.), Where Do the Children Play?  Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Pagano, M., & Hirsch, B. J. (2007). Friendships and Romantic Relationships of Black and White Adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies: 16, 347-357.

Hirsch, B. (2005). A Place to Call Home: After-School Programs for Urban Youth. Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association and New York: Teachers College Press.

Loder, T., & Hirsch, B. (2003). Inner-city youth development organizations: The salience of peer ties among early adolescent girls. Applied Developmental Science: 7, 2-12.

Hirsch, B., Mickus, M., & Boerger, R. (2002). Ties to influential adults among black and white adolescents: Culture, social class, and family networks. American Journal of Community Psychology: 30, 289-303.

Hirsch, B., Roffman, J., Deutsch, N., Flynn, C., Loder, T., & Pagano, M. (2000). Inner city youth development organizations: Strengthening programs for adolescent girls. Journal of Early Adolescence: 20, 210-230.

Selected Presentations

Hirsch, B. (2016). White House Summit on Beating the Odds: Successful Strategies from Schools & Youth Agencies that Build Ladders of Opportunity.. As part of the research panel, Prof. Hirsch presented some of the main findings from his book, Job Skills and Minority Youth, and discussed the developmental importance of programs for adolescents. Washington, DC.

Hirsch, B., Hedges, L., Stawicki, J., Mekinda, M., Alexander, K., & Hirsch, R. (2015). After-School Programs for High School Students: An Evaluation of After School Matters. Keynote address presented at the Itaú International Seminar on Economic Evaluation of Social Projects: After School and Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hirsch, B., Alexander, K., & Mekinda, M. (2012). Promoting Successful School-to-Work Transitions among Low-Income, Minority Youth. Paper presented at the Workshop on Inequalities, Neighborhoods, and Institutions in the United States and France.  Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Hirsch, B. (2008). A Place to Call Home: Studies Documenting the Crucial Support that Programmes Provide to Youth.  Keynote Address, Conference on Youth Work, Policy, and Practice in the Future. Organized by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Welsh Assembly Government.  Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Research Interests

After-school programs; soft skills and the school-to-work transition; program development, implementation, and evaluation, particularly with respect to positive youth development; social relations during adolescence, with an emphasis on gender, race and social system influences.



HDSP 403

Adolescent Development This course is a graduate level survey of major issues concerning adolescents and youth, with attention to both developmental and policy perspectives. The social ecology of adolescent development--an understanding of adolescents in their social contexts--is emphasized.

HDSP 429

Social Community Interventions This course is designed to provide conceptual tools useful in the critical analysis of social programs and interventions. The course serves as an introduction to important issues in program development, organizational change and consultation. Interventions in the areas of human development, education, and social welfare will receive the bulk of our attention.

SESP 387

Practicum in Human Development - LOC LOC Section

SESP 388

Practicum in Human Development - SOC POL

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