About Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is the Dean and a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

He has held five academic leadership roles in higher education institutions and a variety of practitioner and research positions in organizations from Boston to Beijing. He is a committed academic leader that seeks to improve access and success for historically underrepresented students. He has led in a community-engaged, innovative, equity-minded and transformative approach.

Over the course of his academic and professional careers, he has proven and distinguished himself as an individual who has a strong command of research skills and courage for justice. He is an academic leader and researcher with a conscience and a heart. Vasquez Heilig’s multi-modal, interdisciplinary education policy and leadership research is primarily focused on education policy and leadership that impacts equity and inclusion. The sum of his scholarship is more than 60 articles, chapters and reports. He has received more than 30 scholarly awards and recognitions— including California Assembly Resolution 1459 which honored his national impact in the field of education.

Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig’s work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, USAToday, Education Week, Huffington Post and other print and electronic media outlets. He has also appeared to discuss his research on local and national radio and TV including PBS, NBC, NPR, Univision, and MSNBC. Notably, Harvard’s Education Next magazine named him as one of the top ten education policy voices— the #2 ranked professor in the US.

He has conveyed invited testimony in state and national legislative bodies. He has also volunteered expertise and provided empirically-based input for non-profits, foundations, legislators, educators and other education stakeholders in Kentucky, California, Texas, Nevada, Wyoming and many other states. He also served as a volunteer education policy advisor and provided input for presidential and gubernatorial campaigns.

Julian 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 of History and Psychology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

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