College of Education and Health Professions

Brian Kisida, M.A., Research Associate

Brian Kisida, M.A.

Research Associate
Education Reform

219-B Graduate Education Building
Phone: 479-575-7024
FAX: 479-575-3196
bkisida@uark.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Arkansas, expected 2014
M.A., University of Arkansas, political science, 2006
B.A., University of Arkansas, political science, 2004

 

Research Interests:

Education Policy
Arts and Cultural Education
School Choice
Public Opinion
Political Behavior
American Politics
Research Methods

Professional Biography:

Brian Kisida is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Kisida works on original research projects, assists graduate students with research projects, and acquires and maintains external data sets for research purposes. His current research interests include evaluating the impact that cultural institutions have on the students who visit them. In partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Kisida serves as the co-principal investigator of a large-scale randomized-controlled trial of student visits to art museums, where he plays a significant role in designing all aspects of the research project, including project design, survey design, data collection protocols, and the implementation of data collection. He is conducting additional impact evaluations of cultural institutions through partnerships with the Walton Arts Center and the Museum of Discovery.

Additionally, Kisida is involved with research concerning science standards and science education, as well as research involving school choice and school integration. Previously, Kisida provided technical and analytic support for the School Choice Demonstration Project, a national research team that conducted an independent longitudinal multi-method evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Kisida also co-authored the congressionally mandated impact evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program through the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. He has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of program evaluation, randomized controlled trials, survey design, and quantitative methods.

Before joining the Department of Education Reform, he served as an Instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Arkansas, where he also worked at The Arkansas Poll, designing and implementing both national and state-level questionnaires. Kisida received his B.A. (’04, Phi Beta Kappa) and M.A. (’06) in Political Science from the University of Arkansas.

Academic Interests and Accomplishments:

Phi Beta Kappa, 2004

Graduate Student Research and Creative Expression Competition, First Place

Artinian Award, presented by the Southern Political Science Association, 2007.

Prestage-Cook Award, presented by the Southern Political Science Association, 2006.

Competitive Teaching Assistantship and Tuition Waiver, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas (August, 2004 to May, 2006).

University Of Arkansas Retirement Association Scholarship, 2002-2005.

Publications/Presentations:

Publications

Why field trips matter: New study shows visiting an art museum improves critical thinking skills and more,” with Jay P. Greene and Daniel Bowen, Museum, Jan/Feb 2014, 32-41.

"Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment," with Daniel H. Bowen and Jay P. Greene, Educational Researcher, forthcoming.

The Educational Value of Field Trips,” with Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen, Education Next, Volume 14 (1), Winter 2014.

 

A Knowing Ear: The Effect of Explicit Information on Children’s Experience of a Musical Performance,” with Lisa Margulis and Jay P. Greene, Psychology of Music, forthcoming.

Choosing Charter Schools: How Does Parental Choice Affect Racial Integration?with Gary W. Ritter,

 

Nathan C. Jensen, and Daniel H. Bowen. The National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Occasional Paper No. 214, January 2013.

 

“School Vouchers and Student Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Washington, DC,”  with Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada Eissa, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 32(2): 246-270.

 

School Vouchers and Student Attainment: Evidence from a State-Mandated Study of Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program,” with Joshua M. Cowen, Patrick J. Wolf, David Fleming, and John F. Witte, Policy Studies Journal, 41 (1): 147-168.

 

"The Charges of Racial Segregation in Charter Schools Are Overstated," with Gary Ritter, Nathan Jensen, and Joshua McGee, in Charter Schools: Opposing Viewpoints, Margaret Haerens and Lynn M. Zott, (eds.), Farmington Hills, MA: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

 

"School Vouchers in the Nation's Capital: Summary of Experimental Impacts," with Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada Eissa, in School Choice and School Improvement: Research in State, District and Community Contexts, Mark Berends, Marisa Cannata and Ellen Goldring (eds.), Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2011.

 

“Student Attainment and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Final Follow Up Analysis,” with Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, John F. Witte, and Patrick J. Wolf, Report of the School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, November 2011, Milwaukee Evaluation report #30.

 

“The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2010-2011,” with Michael Q. McShane and Laura I. Jensen, Report of the School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, November 2011, Milwaukee Evaluation report #33.

 

The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2009-2010, with Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf, Report of the School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, March 2011, Milwaukee Evaluation report #27.

Brian Kisida and Patrick J. Wolf, School Governance and Information: Does Choice Lead to Better-Informed Parents?, American Politics Research, 38(5): 783-805, September, 2010.

Gary Ritter, Nathan Jensen, Brian Kisida, and Joshua McGee, A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation: Flawed Comparisons Lead to Overstated Conclusions, Education Next, Volume 10, No. 3, 2010.

Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Brian Kisida, Lou Rizzo, Nada O. Eissa, and Matthew Carr, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Report, Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, NCEE 2010-4018, June 2010.

Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf, The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2008-2009, Report of the School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, Milwaukee Evaluation Report #17, April 2010.

Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf, The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools, Report of the School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Milwaukee Evaluation Report #8, 2009.

Kisida, Brian, Education, Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Volume 2. Donald P. Haider-Markel, ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2009.

Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Brian Kisida, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Three Years, Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, NCEE 2009-4050, March 2009.

Janine A. Parry, Brian Kisida, and Ronald Langley, The State of State Polls: Old Challenges, New Opportunities, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 8(2):198-216, 2008.

Wolf, Patrick J., Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Brian Kisida, Lou Rizzo, Nada Eissa, and Marsha Silverberg, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Two Years, U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008.

Sullivan, Margaret D., Dean B. Campbell, and Brian Kisida, The Muzzled Dog that Didn't Bark, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, April 1, 2008.

Kisida, Brian, Laura Jensen, James C. Rahn, and Patrick J. Wolf, The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Baseline Descriptive Report on Participating Schools, School Choice Demonstration Project Milwaukee Evaluation Report #3, February 1, 2008.

Kisida, Brian and Patrick J. Wolf, School Governance and Information: Does Choice Lead to Better-Informed Parents?, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education Occasional Paper Series: 151. Teachers College, Columbia University, February 1, 2008.

Greene, Jay P., Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Butcher, What's in a Name? The Decline in the Civic Mission of School Names, Manhattan Institute Civic Report No. 51, July 1, 2007.

Greene, Jay P., Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Butcher, Fourscore and seven manatees ago, City Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2, July 1, 2007.

Professional Conference Participation

“A Randomized Controlled Trial of School Visits to an Art Museum,” with Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen. Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 7-9, 2013.

 

“Does Choosing Change Your Choices? An Analysis of Educational Attainment Differences Between School Voucher Students and Students in Public Schools,” with Joshua M. Cowen, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, and David F. Fleming. Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 7-9, 2013.

 

“Thinking Critically about the Roles of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in Education,” with Daniel H. Bowen and Jay P. Greene. Paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November 8, 2013.

 

“Learning from Random Assignment Experiments of School Tours of Museums,” with Jay P. Greene, Daniel H. Bowen, Anne Kraybill, and Randi Korn. Presented at the Visitor Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, July 16-19, 2013.

 

“The Effect of Visiting a Science Museum on Students: Evidence from a Randomized Study,” with Chralie M. Belin. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California. April 27-May  1.

 

Learning from Crystal Bridges: A Random Assignment Evaluation of School Visits to an Art Museum,” with Anne Kraybill, Jay P. Greene, and Daniel Bowen. Paper presented at the 2013 Artful Teaching Conference, Petit Jean, Arkansas, April 1-2, 2013.

 

A Randomized Controlled Trial of School Visits to an Art Museum,” with Anne Kraybill, Jay P. Greene, and Daniel H. Bowen. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 14-16, 2013.

 

Learning from Crystal Bridges: A Random Assignment Evaluation of School Visits to an Art Museum,” with Jay P. Greene and Daniel Bowen. Paper presented at the 2013 National Art Education Association Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, March 7-10.

 

School Vouchers and Student Attainment: New Evidence from a State-Mandated Study of Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program,” with Patrick J. Wolf, John Witte, Joshua Cowen, and David Fleming. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 14-16, 2013.

 

“The Impact of Visiting a Science Museum on Students: A Randomized Study,” with Charlie Belin. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 14-16, 2013.

 

“Classroom Racial Composition and Student Achievement,” with Anna Jacob and Marcus Winters. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 14-16, 2013.

 

“Is Smaller Better? School Size and Student Achievement in Four States,” with Anna Jacob. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 14-16, 2013.

 

“Learning from Crystal Bridges: A Random Assignment Evaluation of School Visits to an Art Museum,” with Jay P. Greene, Daniel H. Bowen, and Dirk C. Van Raemdonck. Presentation to the Second Biennial Meeting of the Special Interest Research Group Educational Effectiveness of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), Zurich, Switzerland, August 29-31, 2012.

 

“State Science Standards, Science Achievement, and Attitudes about Evolution,” with Charlie Belin. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 2012.

 

Anna M. Jacob, Brian Kisida, & Marcus A. Winters. “The Effect of Same-Race/Ethnicity Teacher Assignment in the Elementary and Secondary Grades: Panel Data Evidence, presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 2012.

 

Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Daniel Bowen, “An Experimental Evaluation of the Educational Impact of an Art Museum,” poster presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 2012.

 

Brian Kisida and Jay P. Greene, “Developing a Measure of School Quality for Educators and Policymakers,” presentation at the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Conference, Nijmegen, Netherlands, November 23-25, 2011.

 

Patrick Wolf, and Brian Kisida, “Oh the Places You’ll Go: School Vouchers and Educational Attainment in Washington D.C.” Paper presented at the 33nd Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 3-5, 2011.

 

“School Vouchers and Student Outcomes: Experimental Evidence,” with Patrick J. Wolf. Paper presented at the European Political Science Association Conference, July 16, 2011, Dublin, Ireland.

 

“Diversifying Access to Public Goods: Patterns of Participation in a Means-Tested Voucher Program,” with Patrick J. Wolf, Michael Q. McShane, and Anna Jacob. Paper presented at the European Political Science Association Conference, July 16, 2011, Dublin, Ireland.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Report," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada Eissa. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 10, 2011.

 

“A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation: Flawed Comparisons Lead to Overstated Conclusions,” with Gary Ritter, Nathan Jensen, and Joshua McGee, Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Boston, MA, November 4-6, 2010.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Experimental Impacts After at Least Four Years," with Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada Eissa. Paper presented at the Education Program Meeting of the National Bureau of Economic Research, November 11, 2010, Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago, IL, available at: http://www.nber.org/~confer/2010/EDf10/Eissa.pdf

 

"The Effectiveness of Private School Vouchers: Final Results from an Experiment in Washington, DC," with Patrick J. Wolf and Jonathan Mills. Presentation to the Second Biennial Meeting of the Special Interest Research Group Educational Effectiveness of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), August 25-27, 2010, Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Report," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, Nada O. Eissa, and Matthew Carr. Presentation to the Annual Research Conference of the Institute for Education Sciences, Washington, DC, June 28-30, 2010.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Summary of Experimental Impacts After Three Years," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO, April 30-May 4, 2010.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Summary of Experimental Impacts After Three Years," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 5-7, 2009.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Summary of Experimental Impacts After Three Years," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa. Paper presented at the Conference on School Choice and School Improvement: What Have We Learned? Sponsored by the National Center on School Choice at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, October 26-27, 2009.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Three Years," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa, Annual Research Conference of the Institute for Education Sciences, Washington, DC, June7-9, 2009.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Summary of Experimental Impacts After Two Years," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa, Southern Economic Association Conference, Washington, DC, November 21-23, 2008.

 

"Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Summary of Experimental Impacts After Two Years," with Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa, Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy and Management, Los Angeles, CA, November 6-8, 2008.

Kisida, Brian and Patrick J. Wolf, "School Choice and Parent Information: Are Choosers Better Informed?," presentation at School Choice in the Nation's Capital, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, July 19, 2007

Sullivan, Margaret and Dean Campbell, and Brian Kisida, "The Muzzled Dog that Didn't Bark: Charters and the Behavioral Response of D.C. Public Schools," presentation at School Choice in the Nation's Capital, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, July 19, 2007

Wolf, Patrick J. and Brian Kisida, "School Governance and Information: Does Choice Lead to Informed Parents?," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12, 2007

Kisida, Brian, "Environmental Policy and Regulation in a Federal Context," Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12, 2007

Kisida, Brian, "The Pervasiveness of Partisanship," Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12, 2007

Kisida, Brian, "Information Effects, Political Learning, and Partisan Screens during the War in Iraq, 2003-2004," paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 1, 2007

Kisida, Brian and Janine A. Parry, "The State of State Polling Projects," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, January 1, 2006

Op-Eds and Commentary

“School quality about more than funds,” by Brian Kisida, USA Today, February 12, 2011.

 

“How to unshackle charter schools,” by Brian Kisida and Michael Q. McShane, Advance Arkansas Institute, February 23, 2011.

 

“Indiana universities suffer from administrative bloat,” by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Mills, The Indianapolis Star, August 14, 2010.

 

“The higher price of higher ed,” by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Mills, The Austin American-Statesman, September 5, 2010: http://www.statesman.com/opinion/greene-kisida-and-mills-the-higher-price-for-899086.html

 

“Colleges’ bloated bureaucracy,” by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Mills, The Baltimore Sun,  August 17, 2010: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-08-17/news/bs-ed-college-administrators-20100817_1_private-universities-public-universities-research-and-service

 

“Colleges feeding administrative bloat,” by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Mills, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 25, 2010: http://www.ajc.com/opinion/colleges-feeding-administrative-bloat-599650.html

 

“Policy burdens state’s charter schools,” by Brian Kisida and Josh McGee, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 29, 2009: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2009/nov/29/policy-burdens-states-charter-schools-20091129/

 

Media Interviews

USA Today, Kansas City Star, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Arizona Republic, Columbus Dispatch, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune, Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Referee

Political Behavior
The American Review of Politics
Education Working Paper Archive