Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary work considers the student achievement and progress in relation to accountability policies and has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Harvard Educational Review. His work has also been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Education Week, and other print and electronic media outlets. He has appeared on local and national radio and TV including PBS, NBC, NBCLatino, NPR, and MSNBC. He 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. He blogs at Cloaking Inequity.