Julia Jackson Cohen

Assistant Professor of Education


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2013
  • M.A.T., Loyola Marymount University, 2006
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2001

Julie Cohen is an assistant professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. Prior to her appointment at UVA, she received her doctorate in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford. Her research focuses on the conceptualization and measurement of teaching quality, the ways in which accountability and teacher evaluation systems shape teaching practice, and the development of effective instructional practices in pre-service teacher education and professional development. She is currently a co-principal investigator on a cross-institutional study of teacher preparation, funded by the Spencer Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Other recent funded research has analyzed the implementation of performance assessments in teacher preparation, as well as the ways principals leverage policies designed to support teacher effectiveness. Recent publications have been featured in Educational Researcher, Teaching and Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, and the American Journal of Education.