David Burkam
Lecturer and Assistant Research Scientist


  • Early childhood and preschool

David Burkam is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he has a joint appointment spanning the School of Education and the Residential College. He teaches research methods and design, program evaluation, freshmen writing, quantitative reasoning and sociology of education. Burkam is the author of many articles and reports, and his recent research includes equity issues in kindergarten and early schooling, gender equity in math and science, high school curriculum structure, and measurement issues in student course-taking and achievement. He is the co-author of the 2002 book “Inequality at the Starting Gate,” an exploration of social background differences in achievement as children begin school. Burkam is also an academic advisor in the RC and coordinates the RC’s Individualized Concentration Program. In 1993, he received University of Michigan’s Ruth M. Sinclair Memorial Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising. In 2001, he received the Residential College Excellence in Teaching Award and was cited for creating interdisciplinary courses that bridge the gap between mathematics, the social sciences and the humanities.