Julia Jackson Cohen

Associate Professor of Education


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

Julie Cohen is an associate professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development. 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. 

Several of her current research projects focus on the use of mixed reality simulations as a practice space and assessment platform for pre-service teachers. In partnership with Student Achievement Partners, she is also leading a project centered on operationalizing, measuring, and supporting Common Core aligned teaching practices.

 Cohen’s work has been generously funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Robertson Foundation, and the Overdeck Family Foundation. Recent publications have been featured in Educational ResearcherEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the Journal of Teacher 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.