Travis J. Bristol

Peter Paul Assistant Professor

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. 

A.B., Amherst College, English (2003)

M.A., Stanford University, Teaching of English (2004)

Ph.D., Columbia University, Education Policy (2014)

SED EN501: Teaching Text

SED ED502/503: Foundations of Education

Bristol, T.J. (2017). To be Alone or in a Group: An Exploration into How the School-based Experiences Differ for Black Male Teachers Across One Urban School District, Urban Education, 1-21.  

Bristol, T. J. (2016, May 15). The Troubling Shortage of Latino and Black teachers – and What to Do About it. The Washington Post

Paris, D. & Bristol, T. J. (2016, May 14). Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy Increases Student Engagement. Education Week Teacher.

Bristol, T. J. (2015). Male Teachers of Color Take a Lesson from Each Other. Phi Delta Kappan, 92, 2.

Snyder, J., & Bristol, T. J. (2015). Professional Accountability for Improving Life, College, and Career Readiness. Education Policy Analysis Archives23, 6.

Bristol, T.J. (2015). Teaching Boys: Towards a Theory of Gender Relevant Pedagogy. Gender and Education, 27,1.

Bristol, T.J. & Goldenberg, C. (2015). Teachable Moments and Academic Rigor: A Mini-Unit. Edutopia.

Bristol, T. J. (2014). Not Strangers: How Social Distance Influences Black Male Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Male Students of Color. In Y. Sealy-Ruiz, C. Lewis, & I. Toldson (Eds.), Teacher education and the black community.  Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

Bristol, T. J. (2017). Policy Levers for Addressing America’s Teacher Diversity Crisis. University of Michigan School of Education, Ann Arbor, MI.

Bristol, T.J. (2017). Research that Informs Practice and Policy Solutions for Increasing, Supporting, and Retaining Teachers of Color. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge MA.

Bristol, T.J. (2017).  Organizing the Funding Community to Support Research, Policy, and Practice Efforts Around Teacher Diversity. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.

Bristol, T.J. (2017). NYC Men Teach: America’s Most Ambitious Teacher Diversity Effort. California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, San Diego, CA. 

Bristol, T. J. (2017). More than Recruitment: Supporting and Retaining Teachers of Color. Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Bristol, T.J. (2017). Who is Here to Help Me?: The Work-Related Social Networks of Teachers of Color. Paper to be presented at the 2017 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Bristol, T.J. (2017). Creating Socially and Emotionally Hospitable Schools for Our Boys.   International Safeguarding Children’s Conference, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Bristol, T.J. (2017) Organizing for Diversity in a Flat World. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France.

Bristol, T.J. (2016). Research on the Effects of a Non-Diverse Teaching Force Coupled with Recommendations for Research, Practice, and Policy. U.S. Department of Education National Teacher Diversity Summit, Washington D.C.

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