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Katrina Bulkley

Acting Dean, College of Education and Human Services, College of Education and Human Services

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BA, Wesleyan University
MA, University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill
PhD, Stanford University School of Education
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Katrina Bulkley is the Acting Dean of the College of Education and Human Services as well as a Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University. Her research examines the intersection of policy and leadership in efforts to increase market-linked ideas 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 co-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 governance change and educational practice in Denver, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

Her recent studies have focused on the role of new actors in the delivery of public education and the preparation of public educators, and how the work of these new actors is changing the shape of public education from the national to the school level. As a Research Partner with the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (, she is studying state policy around issues of choice, including the role of charter school authorizers in addressing the needs of historically marginalized populations. Completed projects focused on the development of aspiring leaders in non-traditional leadership preparation programs in New York City and an examination of changing policy ideas at the national level in the U.S.

In addition to articles published in journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Administration Quarterly, and Educational Policy, she co-edited "Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform" (with Jeffrey Henig and Henry Levin, Harvard Education Press, 2010) and "Taking Account of Charter Schools" (with Priscilla Wohlstetter, Teachers College Press, 2004). Her research has been supported by grants from 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.

Bulkley received a B.A. with Honors in Government from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education.