Kevin Welner
Professor and Director, National Education Policy Center


  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Career and technical education
  • Charter schools
  • Education law
  • Education reform
  • Legal issues
  • Politics
  • School choice
  • School vouchers

Kevin Welner is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, specializing in educational policy, and is the director of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). He has authored or edited 11 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, including law school casebook “Education and the Law” in 2016 and “Closing the Opportunity Gap” in 2013. Welner’s research examines the use and misuse of research in policymaking and explores various issues concerning the intersection between education rights litigation and educational opportunity scholarship. His research has also explored issues of tracking and detracking, small-school reform, tuition-tax-credit vouchers, and the change process associated with equity-minded reform efforts – reforms aimed at benefiting those who hold less powerful school and community positions. Welner has been recognized as a fellow by the American Educational Research Association and has been given AERA’s Early Career Award and the Palmer O. Johnson Award for best article. He received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his law degree and doctorate from UCLA.