Alex Molnar

Research Professor
Director of Publications, NEPC
Areas of Expertise
Policy, Politics of Education, School Choice, Urban Education


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