Ben Wildavsky

  • Kauffman Foundation

Ben Wildavsky is a senior fellow in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He joined the Kauffman Foundation following an 18-year career as a writer and editor specializing in education and public policy. Most recently he 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. Prior to joining U.S. News, Ben was budget, tax, and trade correspondent for National Journal, a higher education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and executive editor of the Public Interest. He is the author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (2010).  As a consultant to national education reformers, Ben has written and edited several influential reports, including “A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education,” issued in 2006 by the federal Commission on the Future of Higher Education (aka The Spellings Commission). Ben earned his B.A. in comparative literature at Yale University.