AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
ABOUT KAHLENBERG'S WORK IN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
The author of a front-page New York Times profile of Kahlenberg's work on affirmative action said in a related podcast, “He is the guy who is the big theorist of alternatives to affirmative action. ... A lot of people are really intrigued by what he is proposing and a lot of people really support it.”
Kahlenberg's 1996 book The Remedy: Class, Race and Affirmative Action was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. Harvard professor William Julius Wilson's review in the New York Times called The Remedy “by far the most comprehensive and thoughtful account thus far for... affirmative action based on class.”
FOCUSED ON DIVERSITY IN HIGHER ED
Kahlenberg is the author or editor of these books on affirmative action
He has written dozens of articles on affirmative action, including:
Leading foundations have supported Kahlenberg's efforts to address inequality in higher education
ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Kahlenberg has spoken in numerous venues about diversity in higher education
"What's Different About the Latest Challenge to Affirmative Action?"
PBS News Hour
December 10, 2015
"Race or Class? An Affirmative Action Debate"
November 22, 2019
"Should Affirmative Action be Based on Race or Class?"
March 8, 2011
HIGHER EDUCATION CONSULTING
Kahlenberg consults as an expert on diversity in higher education. Previous engagements have included:
Provided advice to The College Board on creating “Landscape,” a tool that colleges can use to create socioeconomic and racial diversity by considering the socioeconomic obstacles that students have overcome.
Served as an expert witness in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. In those cases, he testified in Federal District Court in favor of the importance of racial diversity and said that the universities could employ a variety of strategies – including affirmative action for socioeconomically disadvantaged students – to achieve it. He worked with Duke economist Peter Arcidiacono to model what socioeconomic factors can produce racial and economic diversity in admissions.