Kevin L. Brown is a Senior Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Advancing Research & Communication in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ARC). He previously worked as Associate Director for the Data Research and Development Center (drdc.uchicago.edu) after coming to NORC from the National Institute for Social Science Information (NISSI), where he supervised the production of several digital libraries of education research (e.g., scalingup.smartlibrary.org and gap.smartlibrary.org) in cooperation with REL-Midwest (previously NCREL) and the U.S. Department of Education. He also serves as Acting Director for NORC's needs sensing subcontract with REL-Midwest and was Associate Director of the Evaluation of the Growth Model Pilot Program under NCLB.
In addition to directing day-to-day operations, Kevin's responsibilities at ARC include developing activities for building community among REESE projects and creating online resources for the REESE research community. He is also responsible for disseminating information about the REESE program and projects through the ARC website and through print publications directed at various stakeholder groups. A particular interest is in developing methods and metrics for evaluating the impact of such dissemination efforts. Past research topics include the use of technology in education, scaling up school reform, and the use of growth models to evaluate school improvement. He also has published papers on the history and nature of rational choice theory. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where he studied under James S. Coleman.