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Martin West

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education

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Martin West

Degree:  Ph.D., Harvard University, (2006)
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Phone:  617.496.4803
Vitae/CV:   Martin West.pdf
Office:  Longfellow 101
Faculty Coordinator:  Tilman Freitag


Martin West is the academic dean and Henry Lee Shattuck professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of research and opinion on education policy, and deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. West is currently a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and of the National Assessment Governing Board. His research focuses on the politics of K-12 education in the United States and how education policies affect student learning and non-cognitive development. In 2013-14, West worked as senior education policy advisor to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He previously taught at Brown University and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he is now a nonresident senior fellow.

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Berry, C. R. and M. R. West. “Growing Pains: The School Consolidation Movement and Student Outcomes.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, vol. 26, no. 1., (forthcoming).

Howell, W. G. and M. R. West. (2009). “Educating the Public,” Education Next, vol. 9, no. 3: 40-47.

West, M. R. and M. M. Chingos. (2009). “Teacher Effectiveness, Mobility, and Attrition in Florida.” In M. G. Springer, ed. Performance Incentives: Their Growing Impact on American K-12 Education. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

West, M. R. (2009). “Public Choice and the Political Economy of American Education.” In D. Plank, G. Sykes, and B. Schneider, eds. Handbook of Education Policy Research. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Woessmann, L., E. Lüdemann, G. Schütz, and M. R. West. (2009). School Accountability, Autonomy, and Choice around the World. With Ludger Wößmann, Elke Lüdemann, and Gabriela Schütz. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Dunn, J. M. and M. R. West, eds. (2009). From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Howell, W. G., M. R. West and P. E. Peterson. (2008). “The 2008 Education Next-PEPG Survey of Public Opinion,” Education Next, vol. 8, no. 4: 12-26.

Dunn, J. M. and M. R. West. (2008). “Calculated Justice: Education Research and the Courts.” In F. M. Hess, ed. When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Education Policy. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard Education Press.

West, M. R. and P. E. Peterson, eds. (2006). School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Woessmann, L. and M. R. West. (2006). “Class-size Effects in School Systems Around the World: Evidence from Between-Grade Variation in TIMSS,” European Economic Review, vol. 50, no. 3: 695-736.

West, M. R. and P. E. Peterson. (2006). “The Efficacy of Choice Threats Within Accountability Systems: Results from Legislatively Induced Experiments,” The Economic Journal, vol. 116, no. 510: C46-C62.

West, M. R. and L. Woessmann. (2006). “Which School Systems Sort Weaker Students into Smaller Classes? International Evidence,” European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 22, no. 4: 944-968.

Peterson, P. E. and M. R. West, eds. (2003). No Child Left Behind? The Politics and Practice of School Accountability. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

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