Alex Molnar

Alex Molnar
Research Professor • Director of Publications

School of Education
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Alex Molnar is the Director of Publications for the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) and a research professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His work has examined curriculum and instruction topics, market-based education reforms, and policy formation. He directed the Center for Education Research, Analysis, and Innovation (CERAI) at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and for six years (1995-2001) was the principal investigator for the research evaluation of Wisconsin's SAGE class size reduction program. From 2001-2011 he directed the Education Policy Studies Research Laboratory (EPSL) at Arizona State University.  Molnar is an internationally recognized expert on school commercialism; his annual reports on commercializing trends in schools have become standard reference works for experts in the field. His most recent books are   Commercialism in education: From democratic ideal to market commodity  (2005) and  Think tank research quality: Lessons for policymakers, the media, and the public  (with Kevin Welner, Pat Hinchey and Don Weitzman) (2010). Molnar has a B.A. in history, political science, and education; Masters degrees in history and in social welfare; a Specialist's Certificate in educational administration; and a Ph.D. in urban education.


PhD Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1972
MSW Social Work (Family Treatment), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1980
Specialist's Certificate, Education Administration, Southern Illinois University, 1970
MS History, Northeastern Illinois University, 1970
BA History, Political Science, and Education, North Park College, Chicago, 1966