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 2015
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:

Graduate Student Research and Creative Expression Competition, First Place, 2011.

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).

Phi Beta Kappa, 2004

University Of Arkansas Retirement Association Scholarship, 2002-2005.

Publications/Presentations:

Refereed Publications

 

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Greene, J.P., Kisida, B., and Bowen, D.H. (2014). “The Benefits of Culturally Enriching Field Trips.” Education Digest, 79(8).
  • Greene, J.P., Kisida, B., and Bowen, D.H. (2014). “Why Field Trips Matter.” Museum, 93(1):32-41.
  • Ritter, G., Jensen, N., Kisida, B., Bowen, D. (2013). “Choosing Charter Schools: How Does Parental Choice Affect Racial Integration?” NCSPE, Teachers College, Columbia University Occasional Paper Series, No. 214.
  • Wolf, P.J. and Kisida, B. (2011). "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.
  • Ritter, G., Jensen, N., Kisida, B., and McGee, J. (2012)."The Charges of Racial Segregation in Charter Schools Are Overstated," in Charter Schools: Opposing Viewpoints, Margaret Haerens and Lynn M. Zott, (eds.), Farmington Hills, MA: Greenhaven Press.
  • Ritter, G., Jensen, N., Kisida, B., and McGee, J. (2010). “A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation: Flawed Comparison Lead to Overstated Conclusions,” Education Next, 10(3):69-73.
  • Kisida, B. (2009). “Education,” Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Volume 2. Donald P. Haider-Markel, ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
  • Kisida, B. (2009). “Legislative Veto,” Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Volume 2. Donald P. Haider-Markel, ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
  • Greene, J. P., Kisida, B., and Butcher, J. (2007). “Fourscore and Seven Manatees Ago.” City Journal, 17(2).

Policy Reports and Evaluations

  • Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Report,” with Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, Nada O. Eissa, and Matthew Carr, 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.
  • “The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2010-2011,” with Michael Q. McShane and Laura I. Jensen, Wisconsin State-Mandated Milwaukee Evaluation Report #33, November 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, Wisconsin State-Mandated Milwaukee Evaluation Report #30, November 2011
  • “The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2009-2010, with Laura I. Jensen and Patrick J. Wolf, Wisconsin State-Mandated Milwaukee Evaluation Report #27, March 2011.
  • The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2008-2009,” with Laura I. Jensen and Patrick J. Wolf, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin State-Mandated Milwaukee Evaluation Report #17, April 2010.
  • “Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education,” with Jay P. Greene and Jonathan Mills, The Goldwater Institute, Policy Report #239, 2010.
  • Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Three Years,” with  Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, and Nada O. Eissa, 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.
  • The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools,” with Laura I. Jensen and Patrick J. Wolf, Wisconsin State-Mandated Milwaukee Evaluation Report #8, 2009.
  • Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Two Years,” with Patrick J Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, Nada Eissa, and Marsha Silverberg, 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.
  • The Muzzled Dog that Didn't Bark,” with Margaret D. Sullivan and Dean B. Campbell, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, April 1, 2008.
  • The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Baseline Descriptive Report on Participating Schools,” with Laura Jensen, James C. Rahn, and Patrick J. Wolf,  Wisconsin State-Mandated Milwaukee Evaluation Report #3, February 1, 2008.
  • What's in a Name? The Decline in the Civic Mission of School Names,” with Jay P. Greene and Jonathan Butcher, Manhattan Institute Civic Report No. 51, July 1, 2007.

Working Papers

  • "Representation in the Classroom: The Effect of Own- Race/Ethnicity Teacher Assignment on Student Achievement," with Anna Egalite and Marcus A. Winters, revise and resubmit, Economics of Education Review.
  • “Measuring Critical Thinking: Results from an Art Museum Field Trip Experiment,” with Daniel Bowen and Jay P. Greene, under review at American Education Research Journal.
  • “Consuming Science: Experimental Evidence from Student Visits to A Science Museum,” with Charlie Belin.
  • “Advanced Course Taking In Charter Schools,” with Gary Ritter.
  • “No Excuses Charter Schools: A Meta-Analysis of the Experimental Evidence on Student Achievement,” with Collin Hitt, Albert Cheng, and Jonathan Mills.
  • “Grit and Anti-Grit: Assessing the Validity of the Duckworth Scale,” with Sarah Burke.
  • “The Rise of Public Charter Schools: What Does it Mean for the Arts?”
  • “The Supply Side of School Choice: Information from School Leaders in Three States,” with Patrick J. Wolf and Evan Rhinesmith.

Selected Op-Eds and Media Commentary

  • “A school’s experiment: Cutting out the classroom,” interview with Dana Sand for CNN. March 4, 2014.
  • “Art Works Podcast: Conversation with Brian Kisida,” interview with Josephine Reed for the National Endowment for the Arts, podcast available at: http://arts.gov/audio/brian-kisida
  • “The Voice of the Performing Arts,” interview with Jeff Swenson and Steven Libman, Indianapolis Public Radio.
  • “Field Trips: Give Permission to Learn,” with Jay P. Greene, New York Daily News, September 20, 2013.
  • “What Good are Field Trips?” interview with American Public Radio Works, podcast available at http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/podcast.html#arw_7_01_fieldtrip
  • “School quality about more than funds,” by Brian Kisida, USA Today, February 12, 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.
  • “Colleges’ bloated bureaucracy,” by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Mills, The Baltimore Sun,  August 17, 2010.
  • “Colleges feeding administrative bloat,” by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, and Jonathan Mills, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 25, 2010.
  • “Policy burdens state’s charter schools,” by Brian Kisida and Josh McGee, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 29, 2009.

 

Invited Presentations to Government Organizations and Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
  • District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Association of Art Museum Directors
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Association of Science and Technology Centers
  • Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

 

 

Media Interviews

New York Times, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, Education Week, Politico, Kansas City Star, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Arizona Republic, Columbus Dispatch, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Tulsa World, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Sacramento Bee, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, American Public RadioWorks.

 

Awards and Recognitions 

Graduate Student Research and Creative Expression Competition, First Place, 2011.

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).

Phi Beta Kappa, 2004

University Of Arkansas Retirement Association Scholarship, 2002-2005.

Referee

Political Behavior
The American Review of Politics
Education Working Paper Archive