Julian Vasquez Heilig
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • African American students
  • Charter schools
  • Civil rights
  • English language learners
  • Graduation rate
  • Hispanic students
  • School choice
  • School vouchers

Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher and currently a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and the director of the educational leadership doctoral program at California State University, Sacramento. Heilig has held a variety of practitioner, research and leadership positions in organizations from Boston to Beijing. His research includes quantitatively and qualitatively examining how high-stakes testing and accountability-based reforms and market reforms impact urban minority students. He is also interested in issues of access, diversity and equity in higher education. His work has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Education Week and other media outlets, and he has appeared on radio and TV news for NBC, NPR and Univision. He has a doctorate in education administration and policy analysis and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University and also holds a master’s in higher education and a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. He blogs at Cloaking Inequity, consistently rated one of the top 50 education websites in the world by Teach100. He serves as the education chair for the California NAACP.