Ben Wildavsky, a member of the Education Sector K20 Task Force, is a senior scholar in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He is the author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World, which won the Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education and is being translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, and Arabic. He also is co-editor of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation, published by Harvard Education Press in April 2011.
Before joining the Kauffman Foundation in 2006, Wildavsky was education editor of U.S. News & World Report, where he was the top editor of America's Best Colleges and America's Best Graduate Schools. Before joining U.S. News, he was budget, tax, and trade correspondent for National Journal, higher education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and executive editor of the Public Interest. His writing also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and many other publications. He is also a regular blogger for The Chronicle of Higher Education's new global edition.
As a consultant to national education reformers, he has written several influential reports, including A Test of Leadership, the report of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He has been interviewed by CNN, Marketplace, The New York Times, and other media outlets. He regularly speaks on education to audiences in the United States and abroad, including at Google, Berkeley, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Wisconsin, the Economist's Human Potential conference, the American College of Greece, the London School of Economics, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sheffield.
Wildavsky graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude). He is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.