Brian Kisida

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Working Title
Assistant Professor
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615 Locust Street

PhD from University of Arkansas


Dr. Kisida is an Assistant Professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri and Co-Director of National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored Arts, Humanities, & Civic Engagement Lab. He has over a decade of experience in rigorous program evaluation and policy analysis. He has extensive experience conducting randomized controlled trials and has co-authored multiple experimental impact evaluation reports through the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.

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, school integration, and the cognitive and non-cognitive effects of means-tested urban scholarship programs for at-risk students. Increasingly, his research agenda has evolved toward examining policy outcomes broader than student achievement on standardized tests, such as non-cognitive outcomes, cultural and social capital, student engagement, civic outcomes, and long-term educational attainment. His academic publications include articles in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Sociology of Education, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Economics of Education Review, Policy Studies Journal, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, and Education and Urban Society. His work has been cited in congressional testimony before the U.S. House and Senate, and it has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

Courses Taught

Program Evaluation

Research Methods

Leadership, Policy, & Advocacy in the Arts

Selected Publications

Hwang, N., & Kisida, B. (2022). Spread Too Thin? The Effects of Specialization on Teaching Effectiveness. Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis, forthcoming.

Monarrez, T; Kisida, B., & Chingos, M. (2022). The Effect of Charter Schools on School Segregation. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 14(1): 301-340.

Hwang, N., Kisida, B., & Koedel, C. (2021). A Familiar Face: Student-Teacher Rematches and Student Achievement. Economics of Education Review, 85.

Winters, M., Kisida, B., & Cho, I. (2021). The Impact of Principal Attrition and Replacement on Indicators of School Quality. Education Finance and Policy, forthcoming.

Kisida, B., Goodwin, L. G., & Bowen, D. H. (2020). Teaching History through Theater: The Effects of Arts Integration on Students' Knowledge and Attitudes. AERA Open, 6(1).

Bowen, D. H. & Kisida, B. (2019). Never Again: The Impact of Learning about the Holocaust on Civic Outcomes. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness

Monarrez, T., Kisida, B., & Chingos, M. (2019). Do Charter Schools Increase Segregation? Education Next

Kisida, B., Bowen, D. H., & Greene, J. P. (2018). Cultivating Interest in Art: Causal Effects of Arts Exposure During Early Childhood.” Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 45(4):197-203. 

Egalite, A. and Kisida, B. (2018). "The Effects of Teacher Match on Students’ Academic Perceptions and Attitudes," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 40(1):59-81.

Cheng, H., Hitt, C., Kisida, B., & Mills, J. M. (2017). “No Excuses” Charter Schools: A Meta-Analysis of the Experimental Evidence on Student Achievement,” Journal of School Choice, 11(2): 209-238.

Egalite, A. and Kisida, B. (2016). "School Size and Student Achievement: A Longitudinal Analysis," School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 45:44-52.

Kisida, B., Bowen, D., and Greene, J. P. (2016). “Measuring Critical Thinking: Results from an Art Museum Field Trip Experiment,” Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 9(1).

Egalite, A., Kisida, B., and Winters, M. (2015). "Representation in the Classroom: The Effect of Own-Race Teachers on Student Achievement," Economics of Education Review, 45:44-52.

Kisida, B., Greene, P., and Bowen, D. H. (2014). “Creating Cultural Consumers: The Dynamics of Cultural Capital Acquisition.” Sociology of Education, 87(4): 281-295.

Kisida, B., and Wolf, P.J. (2015). “Customer Satisfaction and Educational Outcomes: Experimental Impacts of the Market-Based Delivery of Public Education.” International Public Management Journal, 18(2): 265-285.

Baethge, C., Bækgaard, M., Blom-Hansen, J., Dunlop, C., Kjærgaard, M., Jakobsen, M., Kisida, B., Marvel, J., Serritzlew, S., Stewart, P. A., Thomsen, M., Wolf, P. J. (2015). “Conducting Experiments in Public Management Research: A Practical Guide.” International Public Management Journal, 18(2): 323-342.

Bowen, D. H., Greene, J. P., and Kisida, B. (2014). "Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment," Educational Researcher, 42(1): 37-44.

Greene, J. P., Kisida, B., and Bowen, D. H. (2014). “The Educational Value of Field Trips,” Education Next, Volume 14(1):78-86.

Belin, C, and Kisida, B. (2014). “Science Standards, Science Achievement, and Attitudes about Evolution, Educational Policy, 29(7): 1053-75.

Ritter, G., Jensen, N., Kisida, B., Bowen, D. (2016). “Urban School Choice and Integration: The Effect of Charter Schools in Little Rock,” Education and Urban Society, 48(6): 535-555.

Wolf, P., Kisida, B., Gutmann, B., Puma, M., Rizzo, L. and Eissa, N. (2013). “School Vouchers and Student Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Washington, DC.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 32(2): 246-270.

Cowen, J., Wolf, P. J., Fleming, D., Witte, J., and Kisida, B. (2013). “School Vouchers and Student Attainment: Evidence from a State-Mandated Study of Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program.” Policy Studies Journal, 41 (1): 147-168.

Margulis, E.H., Kisida, B., and Greene, J. P. (2013). “A Knowing Ear: The Effect of Explicit Information on Children’s Experience of a Musical Performance,” Psychology of Music, 42(6).

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

Parry, J., Kisida, B., and Langley, R. (2008). “The State of State Polls: Old Challenges, New Opportunities.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 8(2):198-216.