James Kemple

Executive Director of the Research Alliance for NYC Schools, Research Professor of Teaching and Learning

James Kemple

Phone: 212 998 5436

Dr. James J. Kemple serves as the Executive Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and Research Professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

Prior to joining the Research Alliance as its first Executive Director, Dr. Kemple spent more than 18 years at MDRC, a non-profit social policy research organization committed to improving the well-being of low-income populations across the United States. He served as the Director of MDRC’s K-12 Education Policy Area, and specialized in the design and management of rigorous evaluations, including randomized controlled trials of educational and other social policy reforms. He served as Principal Investigator of MDRC’s studies of high school interventions, including the Career Academies Evaluation, the Evaluation of the Talent Development Middle and High School Models, the Enhanced Reading Opportunities Study, and the Study of the Content Literacy Continuum. Dr. Kemple also served as Co-Director of the National Reading First Impact Study, which MDRC is conducting with Abt Associates.

Prior to joining MDRC, Dr. Kemple taught high school math and managed the Higher Achievement Program, a three-phase academic and high school placement program for disadvantaged youth in Washington, D.C. He coordinated a qualitative implementation study of the Boston Public School Curriculum objectives for the Citywide Education Coalition, and, with Richard Murnane and others, he coauthored Who Will Teach? Policies That Matter published by Harvard University Press.

Dr. Kemple holds a BA in Mathematics from the College of Holy Cross and an EdM and EdD from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy for Community and Urban Education.