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Elise Castillo
Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Phone: (860) 297-4170 Office Location: McCook 318
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Trinity College faculty member since 2019
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Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley
M.A., Univ. of California, Berkeley
M.S., Pace Univ.
B.A., Barnard College

Elise Castillo studies the political and social dimensions of public education policymaking, particularly regarding market-oriented education reforms, such as charter schools and other forms of school choice. She is interested in how education policies and advocacy processes related to market-based reforms impact educational equity and democracy, particularly among minoritized communities. Her recent research examines progressive and community-based charter schools, the experiences of students of color with disabilities in charter schools, and the politics surrounding policymakers’ use of research. As an educator, Elise is committed to supporting her students’ capacities to critically engage with issues related to equity, democracy, and the public good. A former middle and high school English teacher, Elise holds an MA and PhD in Education Policy from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in Secondary Teaching from Pace University, and a BA in English and Creative Writing from Barnard College.