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 2018)
  • University of Wisconsin - B.A. in Political Science, English Language and Linguistics

Research Interests:

  • Racial integration in schools
  • Socioeconomic integration
  • Teacher quality in disadvantaged schools
  • College access for first-generation students

Research Reports

Working Papers:

  • Swanson, E., Erickson, H., Ritter, G. (2017) "Examining the Impacts of Middle School Disciplinary Policies on 9th Grade Retention." EDRE Working Paper 2017-11.
  • Swanson, E., & Ritter, G. (2016). "Kids vs. Adults: Using Observations and Student Surveys to Evaluate the Arkansas Teacher Corps." EDRE Working Paper 2016-13
  • Swanson, E., Watson, A., Ritter, G., and Nichols, M. (2016). "Promises Fulfilled? A Systematic Review of the Impacts of Promise Programs." EDRE Working Paper 2016-16.

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