Richard Kahlenberg

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Richard D. Kahlenberg is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, "where he writes about education, equal opportunity, and civil rights. Previously, Kahlenberg was a Fellow at the Center for National Policy, a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, and a legislative assistant to Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA). He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at Education Sector." [1]

Kahlenberg's articles on education and affirmative action have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and elsewhere. Kahlenberg has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and NPR. Kahlenberg graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1985 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1989. Between college and law school, he spent a year at the University of Nairobi School of Journalism as a Rotary Scholar," a biogrpahical note states. [1]


  • All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice, (Brookings Institution Press, 2001).
  • The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action, (Basic Books, 1996).
  • Broken Contract: A Memoir of Harvard Law School, (Hill & Wang/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992).

Kahlenberg is the editor of four Century Foundation books:

  • America’s Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education (2004) (Editor);
  • Public School Choice vs. Private School Vouchers (2003) (Editor);
  • Divided We Fail: Coming Together Through Public School Choice. The Report of The Century Foundation Task Force on the Common School, Chaired by Lowell Weicker (Executive Director) (2002); and
  • A Notion at Risk: Preserving Public Education as an Engine for Social Mobility (Editor) (2000).

He is currently working on a biography of educator Albert Shanker, with the support of the Hewlett, Broad, and Fordham foundations.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Richard D. Kahlenberg", accessed September 2007.