Richard D. Kahlenberg is a researcher and writer and the author or editor of 17 books.. He has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling and “arguably the nation’s chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions.” He writes frequently for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, the Atlantic, and elsewhere and he has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and NPR.
He is the author of Excluded:How Snob Zoning, NIMBYISM and Class Bias Build the Walls We Don’t See, which looks at one of America’s most enduring systems of housing inequity – economic segregation – one that largely goes unremarked. His other books have explored our educational system, among them, A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education (co-authored with Halley Potter), and The Remedy: Class, Race and Affirmative Action. His first book, Broken Contract: A Memoir of Harvard Law School details the way in which idealistic liberal law students are turned to corporate law and was called “a forceful cri de coeur” by the Los Angeles Times.
Rick’s next book, Class Matters, argues that a new and more equitable form of affirmative action is possible, one that considers the role of class in access to higher education.
Rick’s website is richardkahlenberg.org