Welner's work examines the
use of research in policymaking, the intersections among education-rights
litigation and educational-opportunity scholarship, and the school-change
process associated with equity-focused reform efforts. He has authored or edited eight books
along with 80 articles and book chapters. Welner has received the American
Educational Research Association's Early Career Award (in 2006), for best
journal article, and has been designated an AERA Fellow. He holds a B.A. in
Biological Sciences from UCSB, and a J.D. and Ph.D. from UCLA.