Michael Kirst
Professor Emeritus

Higher Ed, P-12

  • Access
  • College completion
  • College preparation
  • Readiness
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding

Michael Kirst is a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. Kirst received his doctorate in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and director of program planning for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education, and has served as the board’s president since his reappointment in 2011. His latest books are, “From High School to College with Andrea Venezia,” published in 2004, “Political Dynamics of American Education,” published in 2009, and “Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education,” published by Stanford University Press in 2015. Kirst is a member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education.