Elise Swanson

Elise SwansonElise Swanson
211 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Elise Swanson is a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Education Reform and a Research Assistant in the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Elise graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Political Science and English Language and Linguistics in 2013. For two years after graduation, Elise taught 11th grade English and AP Language and Composition in Pine Bluff, AR through Teach for America. While there, Elise also served as Department Chair and trained incoming Teach for America teachers in the Mississippi Delta. Her research focuses on educational equity, including racial and socioeconomic integration in schools, teacher quality in disadvantaged districts, and improving college access for first-generation students.   


  • University of Arkansas - Ph.D. in Education Reform - (Anticipated 2019)
  • University of Wisconsin - B.A. in Political Science, English Language and Linguistics

Research Interests:

  • College access
  • Educational equity
  • Teacher quality

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Publications Under Review

  • Ash, J., Ritter, G. and Swanson, E. (revise and resubmit at Education Finance and Policy). "A Promise Kept? The Impact of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship on Student Achievement."
  • Swanson, E., and Ritter, G. (revise and resubmit at Journal of School Leadership). "An Evaluation of Arkansas Teacher Corps—Teacher Effectiveness"
  • Swanson, E., Watson, A., and Nichols, M. (under review for Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs Edited Volume). "The Impact of Promise Programs: A Systematic Review."
  • Ritter, G. and Swanson, E. (under review for Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs Edited Volume). "The Effect of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship on Higher Education, K12, and Community Outcomes."
  • Swanson, E. (under review at Teachers College Record). "The Importance of Role Models in Positions of Authority: Examining the Relationship between Principal-Student Racial Match and School Climate."
  • Swanson, E., Holmes Erickson, H., and Ritter, G. (under review at Educational Policy). "Examining the Impacts of Middle School Disciplinary Policies on 9th Grade Retention."

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