David E. Kirkland, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor and Executive Director, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
New York University
David E. Kirkland, PhD, JD, is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at New York University, where he also serves as the Executive Director of The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools. He is a leading national scholar and advocate for educational justice, as well as an NYU Distinguished Teaching Award winner. With many groundbreaking publications to his credit, Dr. Kirkland’s work has long centered on equity and the evidence needed to transform our nation’s schools. His most recent work has focused on the use of research evidence to support instruction responsive to the social, cultural, and emotional needs of students during the unique challenge of remote learning. Dr. Kirkland taught secondary school and served as a school administrator in Michigan and New York, and has organized youth empowerment programs in major U.S. cities. He currently leads efforts to expand opportunities to learn for vulnerable youth across the U.S. Dr. Kirkland has received many awards for his research and educational advocacy work.