David L. Kirp

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David L. Kirp
Kirp at an April 14, 2011 signing for Kids First at Union City High School in New Jersey
Occupation Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California-Berkeley, author and columnist
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Amherst College
Harvard Law School
Genre Non-fiction
Subject Social science
Notable works "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Blueprint for America's Schools,"Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

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David L. Kirp , is James D. Marver professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley,[1] member of the Barack Obama Presidential Transition Team and author. His research has explored a wide range of social policy domains, including preschool, k-12 and higher education, race and gender equality, affordable housing, and the AIDS crisis. His work has attracted scholarly, policy activist, and popular audiences. He has written some sixteen books, as well as many articles that have appeared in leading policy-focused social science journals and law reviews. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and other national publications His research has been translated into numerous foreign languages, including Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese and Ukrainian. Among his books are Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School District and a Strategy for America's Schools (winner of the AERA outstanding book award, 2014), Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future, Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids First Politics and Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of American Higher Education.

Early life

Kirp graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School.


A former newspaper editor and syndicated columnist, David Kirp contributes to leading national print media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, the American Prospect and The Nation, and appears as a policy expert on nationally broadcast radio and televisions programs. He has delivered lectures and keynote speeches around the world, at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Glasgow, Taipei, Melbourne, Trento, Monterey, and Ben Gurion. He is a recipient of Berkeley's 1982 Distinguished Teaching Award.[2]

David Kirp founded the Harvard Center on Law and Education, a national law reform organization that promotes equality of educational opportunity. He was a trustee of Amherst College and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Experience Corps, Friends of the Children, the Coro Leadership Center of San Francisco and the ACLU of Northern California. In 2008 he served on the Presidential Transition Team, working on education policy issues. He has consulted with many nonprofit groups and public agencies in the United States and abroad.


  1. David L. Kirp: In the News, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, accessed April 18, 2011.
  2. Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients, Office of Educational Development, University of California, Berkeley, accessed April 18, 2011.

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