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Katrina Bulkley

University Innovation Fellow, Office of the President

BA, Wesleyan University
MA, University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill
PhD, Stanford University School of Education
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Katrina Bulkley currently serves as a University Innovation Fellow, working directly with Montclair State University President Jonathan Koppell on campus-wide projects with a focus on expanding capacity for utilizing data and analytics to further student success. From July 2021-July 2023, Dr. Bulkley served as the Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and led the creation of two new colleges (the College for Education and Engaged Learning and the College for Community Health). She is also Professor of Educational Leadership and was the founding Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University, former chair of the Montclair State University IRB, and has served as a leader in multiple capacities within large research teams.

Bulkley's research examines the intersection of policy and leadership in efforts to increase market-linked practices in education and enhance accountability and data-driven change. She studies issues around the increasing use of new governance structures and non-public actors to improve public education (with a particular focus on urban education). She is the lead author of, "Challenging the One Best System: The Portfolio Management Model and Urban School Governance" (Harvard Education Press, November, 2020 - This project, funded through a Lyle Spencer Research Award by the Spencer Foundation examined the connections between system-level governance change and educational practice in Denver, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

As a Research Partner with the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (, she is currently involved in research around state policy and choice, including the role of charter school authorizers in addressing the needs of historically marginalized populations and the impact of COVID-19 on school choice.

Bulkley's research has been published in top education journals and has been supported by funders including the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Educational Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and the New Jersey Department of Education.

In her teaching, she focuses on the use of data and the tools of research at both the masters and doctoral level to help educators develop and enact academically and methodologically rigorous change that can be both impactful and sustainable.