African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Julian Vasquez Heilig

Associate ProfessorPh.D., Stanford University

Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Julian Vasquez Heilig



Educational Policy, Access and Equity; High-Stakes Testing and Assessment Policies; Minority Issues in Education; Statistical Methods and Applications in Educational Policy Analysis; Sociology of Education; Urban Education.


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

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 sociological mechanisms by which immigrant student achievement and progress occur in relation to specific NCLB-inspired accountability policies. Julian’s research interests also include issues of access, diversity and equity in higher education.

He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the Associate Director for the University Council of Education Administration (UCEA).

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