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Dr. Kisida is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Economics and the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He has over a decade of experience in rigorous program evaluation and policy analysis. The dominant theme of his research focuses on identifying effective educational options and experiences for at-risk students that can close the achievement gap, the experience gap, and the attainment gap. His research has examined the educational benefits of cultural institutions, school-community partnerships, art and music education, teacher diversity, urban charter schools, and the cognitive and non-cognitive effects of means-tested school choice programs for at-risk students. His academic publications include articles in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Sociology of Education, Educational Researcher, and the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. His work has been cited in congressional testimony and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. Reach him on Twitter at @briankisida.

Published Articles & Media

Charter Schools Enroll a Growing Share of Students (Figure 1)

Do Charter Schools Increase Segregation?

First national analysis reveals a modest impact, depending on where you look

Is School Segregation Really Getting Worse?

A body of rigorous research finds that segregation has been relatively flat, or even declined, over the past few decades.

The Many Ways Teacher Diversity May Benefit Students

At least three distinct theories have been proposed about how moving away from a majority-white teacher workforce would be beneficial for students of color.

Education without Representation

As the diversity of students in our schools continues to grow, the arguments for policies meant to improve representation among teachers have more and more evidence to support them.

Views from Private Schools

Policymakers seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational options for families through private school choice programs should consider the opinions of the school leaders poised to serve those customers.

The Educational Value of Field Trips

Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more

A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation

Flawed comparisons lead to overstated conclusions

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