Martin Kurzweil

Director, Educational Transformation Program, Ithaka S+R

Martin Kurzweil is director of the Educational Transformation Program at Ithaka S+R, a New York City-based non-profit research and consulting group. His program focuses on studying and helping the higher education community implement innovations that improve postsecondary student success. Martin is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where from 2012 to 2014 he was an Academic Fellow, focused on administrative law, federalism, and organizational governance in the context of K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining Columbia, Martin was senior executive director for Research, Accountability, and Data at the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw school evaluation and internal and external research for the 1.1-million-student district. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Martin clerked for Judge Pierre Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and has also worked as a litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz, and as a researcher at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Martin's publications on higher education include Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (with William G. Bowen & Eugene M. Tobin), which received the 2006 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the California Law Review, Harvard Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, the Chronicle of Higher Education, FORWARD, and the Huffington Post.

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