Martin West studies the politics of K–12 education and how education policies affect student learning and social-emotional development. He is a professor at 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 deputy director of Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance as well as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. 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 PhD in government and social policy from Harvard University.