Martin West is a professor 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 Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. West studies the politics of K-12 education in the United States and how education policies affect student learning and social-emotional development. He previously worked as 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. West received his Ph.D. in government and social policy from Harvard.