Policy, Politics, & Leadership

Travis J. Bristol (he/him/his)

Travis J. Bristol is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Before joining Berkeley's faculty, he was a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University. Dr. Bristol's research is situated at the intersection of educational policy and teacher education. Using qualitative methods, he explores three related research strands: (1) the role of educational policies in shaping teacher workplace experiences and retention; (2) district and school-based professional learning communities...

Abby Slovick

Abby Slovick (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster in the Graduate School of Education. Her research interests encompass a variety of topics including technology in education, district governance, and democratic education.

Abby’s current research projects include tracing Transitional Kindergarten (TK) growth and implementation in California; observing how San Francisco Bay Area school boards construct resources and the evidence they employ to justify those resources; and understanding how students navigated preparing for the virtual...

Jeremy Martin

Jeremy’s research explores the role of venture philanthropy in K-12 education. More specifically, he is interested in the role of philanthropic organizations that are founded by or led by people of color. Using political science as a disciplinary framework, his work explores the relationship between institutions and ideologies, investigates elite advocacy in K-12 education settings, and probes the role of Black and Latino/a educational entrepreneurs.

His past research projects include a review of parent education program implementation in Los Angeles; a review of culturally...

Andrew Phuong

Andrew Estrada Phuong is a Chancellor’s Fellow, consultant, and program developer. He has a master's degree from Harvard University and has conducted mixed-methods experimental research. Phuong has studied how adaptive equity-oriented pedagogies and instructor professional development strategies reduce stereotype threat and enhance students’ academic achievement, growth mindsets, and psychosocial outcomes (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy, sense of belonging, inclusion).

Phuong also uses human-centered design and hierarchical and longitudinal regression modeling to examine how equity...

Hoyun Kim

Hoyun Kim is a student in the 2020 cohort of the GSE's Education PhD program. Her research interests include the role of higher education; equity in higher education; and topics pertaining to student trajectory, such as student agency and peer/teacher effects.

Prior to the program, Hoyun Kim earned her BA in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley with a Minor in Chinese.

Specializations and Interests

Educational Equity; Higher Education; Student Agency and Choice; Peer/Teacher Effects; Policy Analysis and Evaluation

María Rojas

María Rojas is a Chilean PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. In Chile, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a journalist for international affairs at CNN Chile. She became interested in specializing in education after working for two years as a Spanish Language Art teacher in a public high school in Santiago. After that experience, she came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her Masters’ degree in Education Policy at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Currently, María’s research aims to understand how...

Rachel Elizabeth Williams

Rachel Williams is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work explores the linkages between the political economy, segregation, education policy, and Black politics. Her dissertation utilizes qualitative and spatial methods to examine the contemporary processes that reconfigure racial injustice under new terms at the intersection of public policy domains – housing, education, district fragmentation. Rachel examines charter growth in relationship to new modes of segregation, such as predatory housing policies and county secession...

Kevin Quintero

Kevin Quintero (He/Him/His) is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Kevin’s research interests are using methodological and theoretical approaches to reveal the causes of political, social, and educational inequalities. His current research is focused on the politics of suburban education and analyzing the changing demographics of suburban communities and its impact on the electorate of American politics.

Kevin earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley with majors in Political Science and...

Diana Casanova

Diana Casanova is a fourth-year doctoral candidate whose research examines the policies and practices that empower family and community stakeholders to affect social change. Her work explores the ways that families and communities participate in and impact education policymaking, illustrating the relationship between democratic engagement and institutional change.

Prior to starting the PhD program, Diana worked in outreach and fundraising for various educational and policy advocacy organizations. She holds a BS in Journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo....

Enrique Valencia López

Enrique Valencia López is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics and Leadership cluster at the Graduate School of Education. His research interests relate to three broad areas: the stratification of education by gender, immigration status and ethnicity; the measurement of teacher working conditions and well-being; and education in Latin America.

Before coming to Berkeley, Enrique worked for Mexico’s National Institute for Educational Evaluation and Assessment (INEE) in both the Policy and Indicators area. During that time, he co-authored Mexico’s first report on...