Martin Kurzweil is director of the Educational Transformation Program at Ithaka S+R, which studies and supports the implementation of practices, policies, and innovations that improve student postsecondary access and success. Since launching the program in 2015, Martin and his team have conducted research, convened stakeholders, and advised higher education leaders on topics such as predictive analytics, proactive advising, adaptive learning platforms, course redesign, alternative credentials and pathways, accreditation, big data ethics, and the process of institutional change.
Martin was previously an academic fellow at Columbia Law School, where his research and teaching focused on administrative law, federalism, and organizational governance in the context of K-12 and higher education. He continues to teach at Columbia as a Lecturer-in-Law. 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 has published widely on various topics in education, in outlets ranging from the Huffington Post to the California Law Review. He is the co-author of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, which received the 2006 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award.