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About Me

Travis J. Bristol Ph.D


Dr. Travis Bristol is a Peter Paul Assistant Professor, a university-wide endowed professorship, in English education, with an affiliation in educational leadership and policy studies. He is a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools, teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program, and World Bank consultant. From 2010 – 2014, Dr. Bristol worked on several World Bank projects in Guyana, which included supporting senior education officials create teacher professional development courses and assisting senior policy members in the Ministry of Education draft the 2014-2019 Education Strategic Plan. Most recently, Dr. Bristol was a research and policy fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

In 2013, Dr. Bristol received dissertation fellowships from the American Educational Research Association, the Ford Foundation, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. In 2015, he was awarded the inaugural teacher diversity research award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

His research agenda is centered on three interrelated strands: (1) district and school-based practices that support teachers of color; (2) national, state, and local education policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences and retention for teachers of color; (3) the intersection of race and gender in schools. Dr. Bristol’s study on Black male teachers has been highlighted in NPR, the Washington PostEducation Week,  NBC News, and Fox News. He is the principal investigator for the New York City Office of the Mayor’s NYC Young Men’s Initiative, which focuses on recruiting and supporting 1,000 male teachers of color. Dr. Bristol most recently contributed to the #rethinkhighschool initiative, part of the multi-million dollar XQ America project, aimed at using the latest science, understanding, and expertise in a galvanizing effort to create a new model for school in America. His discussions on how to engage youth authentically reflect his involvement in the project..