David Plank
Executive Director


  • Business of education
  • History of education
  • Research and methodology

David N. Plank is the executive director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), research professor in the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and researcher in the Stanford Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil. Before joining PACE in 2007, Plank was a professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center.  He was previously on the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and at The University of Texas at Dallas. Plank is the author or editor of six books, including the American Educational Research Association’s “Handbook of Education Policy Research,” and has published widely in a number of different fields, including economics of education, history of education, and educational policy. Plank has served as a consultant to international organizations, including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and also to governments in Africa and Latin America. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1983.