Richard Kahlenberg
Senior Fellow

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Community colleges
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • Readiness

Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, has been recognized as a leader of the economic integration movement in K-12 schooling and a chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions. He is also an authority on teachers’ unions, charter schools and community colleges. He is the editor of 10 books on education and the author or co-author of six books, including “A Smarter Charter” (2014); “Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy” (2007); “All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice” (2001); and “The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action” (1996). He has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on several news networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. Previously, Kahlenberg was a fellow at the Center for National Policy, a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at The George Washington University, and a legislative assistant to Sen. Charles S. Robb, D-Va. Kahlenberg graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.