Kenneth Wong

Kenneth K. Wong

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies, Brown Center on Education Policy

Kenneth K. Wong is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He also serves as the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and directs the Urban Education Policy Program at Brown University. He is also Professor of Political Science and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He earned his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in political science at the University of Chicago and previously taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago.

Wong has conducted extensive research in local and state governance, intergovernmental relations, and education policy. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Trump, the Administrative Presidency and Federalism, The Education Mayor: Improving America’s Schools, Successful School and Educational Accountability, Funding Public Schools: Policy and Politics, When Federalism Works, and City Choices: Education and Housing.  He was the lead researcher of a global education project at the Forum of Federations that led to the publication of an edited book, Federalism and Education: Ongoing Challenges and Policy Strategies in Ten Countries.  His research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, and several foundations.  He was the founding director of National Center for the Study of School Choice and Student Achievement in 2004-2005.  During 2013-14, he served as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education and the U.S. Secretary of Interior on issues pertaining to Native Indian education. He was a key architect of the State of Rhode Island’s 2010 school funding formula, the first major funding reform in twenty years. He also served as the advisor to the Rhode Island School Funding Working Group (2016-17), appointed by the Rhode Island Governor.  He was a member of the expert panel to the U.S. Department of Education on its study on federal Title I funding in 2016, as mandated by the U.S. Congress.  He served as the lead evaluator of Providence Mayor’s “Providence Talks” program, an innovative initiative supported by the Bloomberg Philanthropies.  He is a member of the Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Mayor to foster cross sector collaboration to promote economic and schooling opportunity for all in Providence, RI.

  • Current Positions

    • Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and Director of the Urban Education Policy Program; Brown University
    • Professor of Political Science and Professor of International and Public Affairs; Brown University
  • Past Positions

    • Professor, Vanderbilt University
    • Associate Professor, University of Chicago
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Chicago
    • M.A. in Political Science, University of Chicago
    • B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science, University of Chicago
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