Travis Bristol

An assistant professor discusses his experience in a status quo school growing up and the need to reimagine education and push learning beyond school walls.

By Team XQ

Assistant Professor at University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Travis Bristol is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Formerly, he was an assistant professor at Boston University and a research and policy fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Prior to that, Bristol taught high school English in New York City public schools and served as a clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program. From 2010–2014, as a consultant for the World Bank, Dr. Bristol worked on several World Bank projects in Guyana, which included supporting senior education officials to create teacher professional development courses and assisting senior policy members in the Ministry of Education draft the 2014-2019 Education Strategic Plan. In 2016, he received the inaugural teacher diversity research award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In 2019, Dr. Bristol received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and an emerging scholar award from the Comparative and International Education Society, African Diaspora SIG. In 2020, he received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Bristol is on the Board of Directors of Teach Plus; the National Center for Teacher Residencies; and the East Bay School for Boys.