- Current Position
Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Board Term
- October 2019 - September 2026
- Board Category
- State School Board Member
- Representative Board Activities
Chair — Reporting and Dissemination Committee
Member — Executive Committee
Ph.D. Harvard University – Government and Social Policy
M. Phil. University of Oxford – Economic and Social History
B.A. Williams College – History
Martin West is the academic dean and Henry Lee Shattuck professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research on education policy. He is also deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Dr. West is a political scientist who studies the politics of K-12 education in the United States and how education policies affect student learning and non-cognitive development. He previously worked as a senior advisor to the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, taught at Brown University, and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. West lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife and two sons.