David Kirp
Professor of Public Policy


  • Civil rights
  • District reform
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Politics

David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, a member of the National Academy of Education and a contributing writer to The New York Times editorial pages. In his 17 books and scores of articles, he has focused on education and children’s policy, spanning the age range from cradle to college and career. A former trustee of Amherst College, he has worked with policymakers at all levels of government and served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 transition team. “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” his newest book, chronicles how a poor urban school district has transported Latino immigrant children into the education mainstream and what nationwide lessons can be drawn from this success. The book was named “outstanding book of the year” by the American Education Research Association.