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Kevin G. Welner

University of Colorado Boulder

NEPC director Kevin G. Welner is a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education, specializing in policy and law. He and Alex Molnar founded NEPC in 2010. Welner has authored or edited 17 books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters concerning education policy and law. His books include School’s Choice: How Charter Schools Control Access and Shape Enrollment (2021, co-authored with Wagma Mommandi); Education and the Law (2019, coauthored with Stuart Biegel and Bob Kim); Closing the opportunity gap: What America must do to give every child an even chance (2013, co-edited with Prudence Carter); NeoVouchers: The emergence of tuition tax credits for private schooling (2008); and Legal rights, local wrongs: When community control collides with educational equity (2001). He is an AERA Fellow and has received the AERA’s Early Career Award, its Palmer O. Johnson Award, its Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award, the Horace Mann League’s Outstanding Public Educator Award, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Residency, and the NAEd/Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from UCSB and his J.D. and Ph.D. from UCLA.

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