Martin A. Kurzweil

Academic Fellow

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 543
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-1980

  • A.B. magna cum laude, Social Studies, Harvard College, 2002
  • J.D. magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2007


Martin Kurzweil's research and teaching interests include administrative law, education law, constitutional law, public law and regulation, and state and local government law. His current work focuses on the interaction among federal agencies, states, and local governments in federal programs that delegate policy-making authority to states, particularly in the context of public education. He is also interested in the application of iterative governance strategies to the development, implementation, and judicial review of social and education policy.

Prior to joining Columbia Law School, Martin was Senior Executive Director for Research, Accountability, and Data at the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw school evaluation and internal and external research for the 1.1-million-student district. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Martin clerked for Judge Pierre Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His book, Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, won the 2006 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award.

Research Interests

  • Administrative Law
  • Education Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Law and Regulation
  • State and Local Government Law


  • William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil & Eugene M. Tobin, Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (University of Virginia Press, 2005)
       American Educational Research Association 2006 Outstanding Book Award
       University Continuing Education Association 2006 Phillip E. Frandson Award
  • William G. Bowen & Sarah A. Levin (in Collaboration with Martin A. Kurzweil), Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values (Princeton University Press, 2003)
Law Journal Publications
  • Note, The Two Faces of Chevron, 120 Harv. L. Rev. 1562 (2007)
  • Developments in the Law: Voting and Democracy -- V. Trends in State Self-Regulation of the Redistricting Process, 119 Harv. L. Rev. 1165 (2006)