Tina Trujillo

Tina Trujillo is an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and the Faculty Director of the Principal Leadership Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and her M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a former urban public school teacher, school reform consultant, and educational evaluator. At Berkeley, she teaches Ph.D. students in Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation (POME) and school and district leaders in the Leadership for Educational Equity Doctoral Program (LEEP) and the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI). 

Dr. Trujillo uses tools from political science and critical policy studies to study the political dimensions of urban district reform, the instructional and democratic consequences of high-stakes testing and accountability policies for students of color and English Learners, and trends in urban educational leadership. Her recent research examines the instructional and political implications of private intermediary organizations as technical assistance providers for public school districts. Another project looks at the ways in which Teach For America influences educational policy, reform, and leadership. She also writes about the implications of federal accountability policies for the provision of democratic, equitable schooling. Her work is published in a range of journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Educational PolicyJournal of Educational Administration, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.  She is the co-editor of Learning from the Federal Market-Based Reforms: Lessons for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (2016, Information Age Publishing, with William Mathis).

Interests and Professional Affiliations

Educational Equity


Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Politics of School Structure and Governance


Reform Issues

School Culture


Urban Leadership

Urban Schooling


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Urban Schooling

M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice

B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Political Science


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Graduate School of Education
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UC Berkeley
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