Senior Research Associate
Jonathan N. Mills is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. His current research examines the effects of school choice programs on student achievement and non-academic outcomes, as well as the benefits and unintended consequences of college financial aid programs. His body of research includes several peer-reviewed publications appearing in journals such as the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Education Finance, Education Economics, and the Journal of School Choice. His research has been covered in media outlets such as the LA Times, The Atlantic, The New York Times, CNN, and U.S. News and World Report.
Mills received his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas in 2015. He additionally holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Missouri.
- 2015 – University of Arkansas – Ph.D. in Education Policy
- 2008 – University of Missouri – M.A. in Economics
- 2007 – University of Missouri – B.S. in Economics
- Effects of school choice programs on student achievement and non-academic outcomes.
- Effects of higher education financial aid on college access and outcomes.
- Cheng, A., Hitt, C., Kisida, B., & Mills, J.N. (forthcoming) “No Excuses” charter schools: a meta-analysis of the experimental evidence on student achievement. Journal of School Choice. Available at:
- Mills, J.N. & Wolf, P.J. (2017). Vouchers in the bayou: The effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on student achievement after two years. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
- Bowen, D.H. & Mills, J.N. (2017). Changing the education workforce? The relationships between teacher quality, motivation, and performance pay. Teachers College Record, 119(4).
- Egalite, A.E., Mills, J.N., & Wolf, P.J. (2016). The impact of targeted school vouchers on racial stratification in Louisiana schools. Education and Urban Society.
- Egalite, A.J., Mills, J.N., Greene, J.P. (2016). The softer side of learning: Measuring students’ non-cognitive skills. Improving Schools (19) 1:27.40
- Bowen, D.H., Buck, S., Deck, C., Mills, J.N., & Shuls, J.V. (2015). Risky business: An analysis of teacher risk preferences. Education Economics, 23(4) .3
- Egalite, A.J., & Mills, J.N. (2014). The Louisiana Scholarship Program: Contrary to justice department claims, student transfers improve racial integration. Education Next, 14(1).
- Mills, J.N. (2013). Behaviors, non-cognitive skills, and school choice – a review. Journal of School Choice, 7(3), 372-388.
- Mills, J.N. (2013). The achievement impacts of Arkansas open-enrollment charter schools. Journal of Education Finance, 38(4), 320-342.