Ian Kingsbury

Fellow for Education Policy

Dr. Ian Kingsbury is the Empire Center’s fellow for education policy. Dr. Kingsbury received his PhD from the University of Arkansas where he studied Education Policy. Before joining the Empire Center, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Kingsbury received his Master of Arts from the Teachers College of Columbia University in Education Policy and Social Analysis. He received his bachelor\’s degree in Government and History from The College of William and Mary.

Latest Work

The disruptions to K-12 education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic spurred Governor Cuomo to announce an initiative to “reimagine education.” This challenge should have policymakers asking what inadequacies have been exposed in our public education system, and which newly adopted practices should be permanent. Amidst a projected multi-year fiscal crisis, New York public schools should expect education spending cuts and should make plans to implement reforms without sacrificing quality. Read More


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