Past LLWs‎ > ‎2011 Participants‎ > ‎

Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis and a Masters in Sociology from Stanford University.  He also holds a Masters of Higher Education and a Bachelor's in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to educational accomplishments, Julian Vasquez Heilig has held a variety of research and practitioner positions in organizations from Boston to Beijing.  These experiences have provided formative professional perspectives to bridge research, theory, and practice.

His current research includes quantitatively examining how high-stakes testing and accountability-based reforms and incentive systems impact urban minority students.  Additionally, his qualitative work considers the mechanisms by which student achievement and progress occur in relation to specific NCLB-inspired accountability policies in districts and schools for students of different kinds.  Julian's research interests also include issues of access, diversity and equity in higher education. 

He is also an Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  He also serves as an Associate Director for the University Council of Education Administration (UCEA).