Policy, Politics, & Leadership

Tolani Britton

Tolani Britton uses quasi-experimental methods to explore the impact of policies on students’ transition from secondary school to higher education, as well as access and retention in higher education. Recent work explores whether the disproportionate increase in incarceration of Black males for drug possessions and manufacture increased gaps in college enrollment rates by race and gender over two time periods- after the passage of the Anti-Drug Act from 1986 - 1993 and after the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act from 1995 - 2000.

Prior to earning her...

Janelle Scott

Janelle Scott (she/her) is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the School of Education and African American Studies Department. She holds the Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities, and is the Chair of the Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy Cluster of the Othering and Belonging Institute. Scott earned a PhD in Education Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to earning...

Travis J. Bristol (he/him/his)

Travis J. Bristol is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s 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; (3) the...

Rachel Elizabeth Williams

Rachel Williams is a PhD candidate in the 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, while...

Kevin Quintero

Kevin Quintero (He/Him/His) is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster at UC Berkeley’s 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 American Studies...

María Rojas

María Rojas is a Chilean PhD candidate at the 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 the...

Hoyun Kim

Hoyun Kim is a student in the 2020 cohort of the BSE'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

Enrique Valencia López

Enrique Valencia López is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics and Leadership cluster at the 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 the...

Abby Slovick

Abby Slovick (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster in the 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 California Bar...

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...