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Nathan A.

Burroughs
Research Assistant Professor
CREATE for STEM
Michigan State University

620 Farm Lane
Erickson Hall 236B
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
517-432-4640
burrou25 AT msu DOT edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Georgia, 2008
Master of Public Administration, University of Georgia, 1998
B.A. in Political Science, University of West Georgia, 1995

EXPERIENCE

Senior Research Associate, Michigan State University K-12 Outreach, 2016-present

Research Associate, Center of the Study for Curriculum Policy, Michigan State University, 2010-
2015. Senior Research Associate 2015-2016.

Visiting Research Associate, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, 2008-
2010

Interim Associate Director for Education Policy, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, 2009

Project Associate, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, 2006-2008

Special Assistant to New York State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, 2005-2006

Adjunct Lecturer, City University of New York, 2002-2005
Lehman College 2002-2005
Brooklyn College 2002-2003

Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, 1999-2002

Research Assistant, University of Georgia 1997-1998
PUBLICATIONS & REPORTS

Burroughs, Nathan and Amita Chudgar (In Press). “The Role of Teacher Human Capital in
Fourth Grade Mathematics Instruction: Evidence from the 2015 TIMSS.” International Association
for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Policy Brief (Peer Reviewed).

Rutkowski, David, Leslie Rutkowski, Justin Wild, and Nathan Burroughs (In Press). “Poverty and
educational achievement in the US: A less biased estimate using PISA 2012 data.” Journal of Children
and Poverty.

Schmidt, William H., Nathan A. Burroughs, Richard T. Houng, and Leland S. Cogan (In Press).
“The Role of Content Knowledge in Mathematics Teacher Preparation: A Study of Traditional and
Alternative Teacher Preparation in Texas.” Journal of Teacher Education

Schmidt, William, Lee Cogan, Nathan Burroughs. (In Review) “Can Museum Based Professional
Development For Teachers Be More Than Inspirational? The Impact of a Museum Course on
Teachers and Students”

Schmidt, William H., Nathan A. Burroughs, and Leland S. Cogan (2017). “The Role of Subject-
Matter Content in Teacher Preparation: an International Benchmark for Mathematics.” Journal of
Curriculum Studies 49(2): 111-131.

Schmidt, William H., and Nathan A. Burroughs (2016). “Influencing Public School Policy in the
US: The role of large scale assessments.” Research Papers in Education 31(5): 567-577.

Gurian, Paul Henri, Nathan A. Burroughs, Lonna Rae Atkeson, Damon Cann, and Audrey A.
Haynes (2016). “Divisive State Primaries and Divisive National Primaries in U.S. Presidential
Elections, 1948-2008.” Political Behavior 38 (3): 689-711.

Burroughs, Nathan (2016). “Rawls, Republicanism, and the Adequacy-Equity Debate.” Theory and
Research in Education 14(2): 226-240.

Schmidt, William H., and Nathan A. Burroughs (2016). “The Tradeoff Between Excellence and
Equity.” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 7 (1): 103-109.

Burroughs, Nathan (2015). “Republicanism and Stability.” Philosophy and Public Issues 5(2): 135-170.

Schmidt, William H., Nathan A. Burroughs, and Pablo Zoido. (2015) “The Role of Schooling in
Perpetuating Educational Inequality: An International Perspective.” Education Researcher 44(7): 371-
386.

Cogan, Leland S., Nathan Burroughs, and William H. Schmidt (2015). “Supporting Classroom
Instruction: The Textbook Navigator/Journal.” Phi Delta Kappan 97 (1): 29-33.

Schmidt, William H. and Nathan A. Burroughs (2015). “How American Schools are Making
Inequality Worse.” The Conversation. Posted online at https://theconversation.com/how-american-
schools-are-making-inequality-worse-49270 on October 26, 2015.
Schmidt, William H., and Nathan A. Burroughs (2015). “Puzzling out PISA:
What Can International Comparisons Tell Us about American Education?” The American Educator
39(1): 24-31.

Burroughs, Nathan (2013) "The ‘Money Primary’ and Political Inequality in Congressional
Elections.” Working Paper. http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2251978

Plucker, Jonathan, Jacob Hardesty, and Nathan Burroughs (2013). Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence
Gaps and America’s Persistent Talent Underclass. Center for Education Policy Analysis, University of
Connecticut.

Nathan A. Burroughs and William H. Schmidt. (2013) “On the Relationship of Future Primary
Teachers’ Knowledge and Beliefs.” Sigrid Blomeke, Feng-Jui Hsieh, Gabriele Kaiser, and William H.
Schmidt (Eds.) Teacher Knowledge, Teacher Beliefs, and Opportunities to Learn in 16 Countries: Findings from
the IEA TEDS-M Study on Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education. Springer.

Schmidt, William H. and Nathan A. Burroughs. (2013) "Opening the Black Box: Prospects for
Using ILSAs to Explore Classroom Effects." Research in Comparative and International Education (8) 3,
pp. 236-247.

Burroughs, Nathan A. and Jonathan A. Plucker (2013) "Excellence Gaps." In In J. A. Plucker & C.
M. Callahan (Eds.), Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted education (2nd ed.). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

William H. Schmidt, Nathan A. Burroughs, and Lee S. Cogan. (2013) “On the Road to Reform:
Science Education in the United States.” The Bridge 43 (1). National Academy of Engineering of the
National Academies.

Schmidt, William H. and Nathan A. Burroughs (2013) “Springing to Life: How Greater
Educational Equality Could Grow from the Common Core Mathematics Standards.” The American
Educator 37 (1): 2-9.

Schmidt, William H. and Nathan A. Burroughs. (2012) “How the Common Core Boosts Quality
and Equality.” Education Leadership 70 (4) pp. 54-59.

Burroughs, Nathan (2012). "Should Educators Assume a Duty to Prevent Students from
Committing Suicide?" In Debating Issues in American Education, edited by Charles Russo. Sage
Publications.

Schmidt, William., George Leroi, Suan Pettit-Riley, Dorothy VanLooy, and Nathan Burroughs
(2012) The Quest for Coherence: Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science
Education. Michigan State University.

Schmidt, William, Nathan Burroughs, Leland Cogan, and Richard Houang. (2011) “Are College
Rankings An Indicator of Quality Education?" Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford
Roundtable. Vol 2011, no. 3. http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/vol2011no3/archive/schmidt.pdf
Spradlin, Terry E., David J. Rutkowski, Nathan A. Burroughs, and Justin R. Lang (2010). Effective
College Access, Persistence and Completion Programs, and Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations:
Opportunities for Scaling Up. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

Holstead, Michael S., Terry E. Spradlin, Margaret E. McGillivray, and Nathan A. Burroughs
(2010). The Impact of Advanced Placement Incentive Programs. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for
Evaluation and Education Policy.

Plucker, Jonathan, Nathan A. Burroughs, and Ruiting Song (2010) Mind the (Other) Gap: The
Growing Excellence Gap in K-12 Education. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and Education
Policy.

Plucker, Jonathan, Marcey Moss, Nathan A. Burroughs, Patty Muller, and Fatima Carson (2009)
Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Literature Review. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and
Education Policy.

Herrmann, Adams, Nathan A. Burroughs, and Jonathan Plucker (2009) Open Enrollment in K-12
Public Education. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

Plucker, Jonathan A., Terry E. Spradlin, and Nathan A. Burroughs (2009). 2008 Public Opinion
Survey on K-12 Education in Indiana. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and Education
Policy.

Burroughs, Nathan A. (2008). Arguments and Evidence: The Debate over Collective Bargaining's Role in
Public Education. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

Plucker, Jonathan A., Terry E. Spradlin, and Nathan A. Burroughs (2008). The Effect of Property Tax
Changes on Indiana Public School Corporations. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and
Education Policy.

Plucker, Jonathan A., Terry E. Spradlin, and Nathan A. Burroughs (2008). 2007 Public Opinion
Survey on K-12 Education in Indiana. Bloomington, Indiana: Center for Evaluation and Education
Policy

Burroughs, Nathan A. (2008). Party Organizations and Candidate Characteristics in Congressional
Primaries. Dissertation. University of Georgia.

EXTERNALLY FUNDED PROJECTS

Teaching for Excellence and Equity: What 20 Years of TIMSS Data Can Tell Us. International
Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Thematic Report (2017-2018).
Principal Investigator.

Untangling Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching Secondary Schools, National Science Foundation
(2011-2012). Evaluator
Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science, National Science Foundation (2010-
2012). Research Associate.

Effective College Access, Persistence and Completion Programs, and Strategies for
Underrepresented Student Populations: Opportunities for Scaling Up, Indiana Commission for
Higher Education (2010). Contributor.

Indiana IEP Postgraduate Survey, Indiana Department of Education (2010). Project Manager.

Technical Assistance for the Statewide Longitudinal Data System, Indiana Department of Education
(2009). Contributor.

Technical Assistance for the Charter School Academic Achievement Award, U.S. Department of
Education (2009). Contributor.

Technical Assistance for the Voluntary Public School Choice Program, U.S. Department of
Education. (2008) Contributor.

Evaluation of the Institute of Education Science, U.S. Department of Education (2008).
Contributor.

The Effect of Property Tax Changes on Indiana Public School Corporations, Indiana Association of
Public School Superintendents. (2008) Lead Analyst.

Evaluation of Full Day Kindergarten, U.S. Department of Education (2007). Contributor.

Evaluation of the Teaching American History Program, U.S. Department of Education (2006).
Contributor.

PRESENTATIONS & CONFERENCE PAPERS

Burroughs, Nathan A. & Kimberly Jansen. “Are Teacher Collaboration Activities Associated with
Student Outcomes? A Comparative Analysis Using TIMSS Data.” Presented at the Addressing
Inequalities Conference, East Lansing MI, June 13, 2017.

Burroughs, Nathan A. “Education Policy in 2017: What Teachers Need to Know.” Presented at
the 2017 Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Expo, East Lansing MI, March 25, 2017.

William Schmidt and Nathan Burroughs “Inequality through Schooling: A Worldwide
Phenomenon.” Presented at the European Educational Research Association Conference, Dublin,
Ireland, August 24, 2016.

Kim Jansen, Nathan Burroughs, and Kacy Martin. “Exploring International Within-School
Inequality: The Role of National Policy and Teacher Human and Social Capital.” Presented at the
American Educational Research Association Conference, April 11, 2016.
Nathan Burroughs and William Schmidt. “Educational Inequality, Unequal Incomes, and Social
Mobility: A Cross-National Assessment.” Presented at the American Educational Research
Association Conference, April 11, 2016.

Burroughs, Nathan A. “Education Research: What Teachers Need to Know.” Presented at the
2016 Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Expo, February 27, 2016.

Burroughs, Nathan A. and Jeannie Patrick. “Understanding the Textbook Navigator/Journal for
Mathematics Teachers.” Webinar. May 14, 2015.

Schmidt, William H., Nathan A. Burroughs, and Pablo Zaido. “The Role of Schooling in
Perpetuating Educational Inequality: An International Perspective.” Presented at the 2015 Annual
Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL April 19, 2015.

Burroughs, Nathan A., Pablo Zaido, William H. Schmidt. Inequalities in Opportunity to Learn: A
Within or Between School Issue?” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American
Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL April 18, 2015.

Burroughs, Nathan A. “A Rawlsian Solution to the Adequacy-Equity Debate.” Presented at the
2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA April
29, 2013.

Burroughs, Nathan A. “The Next Great Challenge: Implementing the Common Core State
Standards.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of
Mathematics, Denver CO, April 15, 2013.

Burroughs, Nathan A. and Janna L. Deitz. "Exit, Voice and Money: Donor Behavior and Divisive
Primaries." Prepared for delivery at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science
Association, August 30-September 2, 2012.

Schmidt, William H., Nathan A. Burroughs, and Richard Houang. "Examining the Relationship
Between Two Types of SES Gaps: Curriculum and Achievement." Presented at the 2012 Stanford
Center for Education Policy Analysis Conference, "Income, Inequality, and Educational Success:
New Evidence about Socioeconomic Status and Educational Outcomes," May 15-16.

Burroughs, Nathan A. "Science Excellence Gaps in the United States." Presented at the American
Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, British Columbia, February 2012.

Spradlin, Terry and Nathan A. Burroughs. “Effective College Access, Persistence and Completion
Programs, and Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations: Opportunities for Scaling Up."
Presented to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Terre Haute, Indiana, June 2010.

Plucker, Jonathan A. and Nathan A. Burroughs. "Mind the Other Gap: The Excellence Gap in K-
12 Education." Presented at the National Press Club, Washington D.C., February 2010.

Spradlin, Terry E. and Nathan A. Burroughs. "Results of the 2008 Public Opinion Survey on K-12
Education in Indiana.” Presented to the Indiana State Board of Education, Indianapolis, Indiana,
January 2009.

Burroughs, Nathan A. (2008). "Research on School Finance and Governance Issues." Presented to
the 2008 Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Spradlin, Terry E. and Nathan A. Burroughs. "Results of the 2007 Public Opinion Survey on K-12
Education in Indiana.” Presented to the Indiana State Board of Education, Indianapolis, Indiana,
January 9, 2008.

Burroughs, Nathan A., Robert Rhudy, and Janna Deitz (2004). "Whatever Happened to those
Vanishing Marginals?" Presented at the 2004 American Political Science Association Conference,
Chicago, Illinois.

Gurian, Paul-Henri, Nathan A. Burroughs, Lonna Atkeson, and Audrey Haynes (2002). "Divisive
Primaries, National Party Unity, and the Presidential Vote: an Explanatory Model of General
Election Outcomes 1948-2000." Presented at the 2002 American Political Science Conference,
Washington, D.C.

Burroughs, Nathan A. and Robert Rhudy (2001). "Ideological Convergence and Political Risk in
U.S. House Elections." Presented at the 2001 Southern Political Science Association Conference,
Atlanta, Georgia.

Gurian, Paul-Henri, Nathan A. Burroughs, and Audrey Haynes (2001). "Another Side of the
Electoral College: the Behavior of the States, 1948-2000." Presented at the 2001 American Political
Science Association Conference, San Francisco, California.

Gurian, Paul-Henri and Nathan A. Burroughs (2001). "The Behavior of States in the Electoral
College." Presented at the 2001 Western Political Science Association Conference, Las Vegas,
Nevada.

Burroughs, Nathan A., Janna Deitz, William Gillespie, and Brian Harward (2001). "The Time
Value of Money in Congressional Primaries." Presented at the 2001 Midwestern Political Science
Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Burroughs, Nathan A. "Political Experience and Class Voting in the U.S. Congress." Presented at
the 2000 Southern Political Science Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWING
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Political Research Quarterly
American Politics Research
American Educational Research Association
Journal of Teacher Education
International Journal of Science and Math Education
International Race and Education (edited volume)
Book Reviewer for MSU Press