Martin West
Associate Professor of Education


  • Accountability
  • Federal policy
  • International comparisons
  • School choice

Martin West is associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, deputy director of Harvard’s program on education policy and governance, and executive editor of Education Next. His research includes studies of public opinion on education policy, teacher labor markets, the effects of retention on long-term student outcomes, and the effects of charter schools on students’ non-cognitive development. His most recent book is “Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them.” In 2013-14, West worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as senior education policy advisor to the ranking member. He previously taught at Brown University and is currently a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a founding board member of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, an organization helping educators open economically diverse public charter schools in partnership with mayors. He has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s from Oxford University and a doctorate in government and social policy from Harvard.