David Kirp

Professor of the Graduate School, Goldman School of Public Policy

David L. Kirp is a policy consultant, a former newspaper editor, and an academic. Throughout his career, his main focus has been on education and children’s policy, from cradle to college and career. Kirp was a member of the 2008 Presidential Transition Team, where he drafted a policy framework for early education. In his 17 books and scores of articles in both the popular press and scholarly journals, he has tackled some of America’s biggest social problems, including affordable housing, access to health, gender discrimination, and AIDS. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education. Much of Kirp’s writing is aimed at a broad audience. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, American Prospect, the Nation, Slate, Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and the Huffington Post. In 2015, he was invited to be a contributing writer to the opinion section of the New York Times. In recent years, he has addressed the American Association of School Administrators, the National Science Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the National Institute for Early Education Research, the American Federation of Teachers, the Cleveland City Club, and the Economic Policy Institute. At Berkeley, he launched the New Community Fund to promote greater student diversity.