Tina Trujillo

Tina Trujillo is an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Education. She earned her PhD in Education from UCLA and her MA in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has worked as a public school teacher, educational consultant, and program evaluator. She teaches PhD students in policy, politics, and epistemological aspects of research. She also teaches undergraduate students about contemporary issues in public education.

Dr. Trujillo has used tools from political science, critical policy studies, and critical race theory to study the politics of educational change; the democratic and instructional consequences of national and state accountability policies; and the relationships between different international political contexts and schools’ promotion of democratic values like collectivism, welfarism, and the common good.

Recently, Dr. Trujillo has turned to questions about the connections among nature, well-being, and learning, as well as the tensions and commonalities between empirical and spiritual epistemologies. As an Executive Committee member of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP), she is interested in exploring how the BCSP’s training programs and public education efforts can be diverse and inclusive and advance the use of psychedelics as tools for mending individuals’ relationships with the broader living community.

Her work is published in a range of journals and other outlets, including American Educational Research Journal; Teachers College Record; Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; and McSweeney’s. She is the co-editor of Understanding Educational Leadership: Critical Perspectives and Approaches (2021, Bloomsbury, with Steven Courtney, Helen Gunter, and Richard Niesche) and 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


Nature and well-being

Psychedelic training and education


Equity and Social Justice

Policy Formation, Analysis and Evaluation

Politics of Education

Reform Issues


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Urban Schooling

MA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice

BA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Political Science


Office #4224

School of Education
Berkeley Way West Building (BWW)
UC Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670


(510) 642-6272