Andrew P. Kelly is the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform and a resident scholar in education policy studies at AEI. His research focuses on higher education policy, innovation, financial aid reform, and the politics of education policy. Previously, he was a research assistant at AEI, where his work focused on the preparation of school leaders, collective bargaining in public schools, and the politics of education. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Education, Teachers College Record, Educational Policy, Policy Studies Journal, and Education Next, as well as popular outlets such as Education Week, Inside Higher Education, Forbes, The Atlantic, National Affairs, The Weekly Standard, and The Huffington Post.  He is co-editor of “Stretching the Higher Education Dollar: How Innovation Can Improve Access, Equity, and Affordability” (Harvard Education Press, 2013), “Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), “Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit: Lessons from A Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools” (Harvard Education Press, 2011), and “Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation” (Harvard Education Press, 2011). In 2011, Mr. Kelly was named one of 16 “Next Generation Leaders” in education policy by the “Policy Notebook” blog on Education Week.

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  • National Science Foundation interdisciplinary training fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2008
  • Graduate student instructor, Fall 2007 and Fall 2008; research assistant, 2006 – 2008, University of California, Berkeley
  • Research assistant, American Enterprise Institute, 2002 – 2005


Ph.D., political science, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., political science, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., history, Dartmouth College