University at Buffalo

Aliza N. Husain

Aliza N. Husain

Assistant Professor

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY


Specialty/Research Focus

Big Data; Administration/Management; Educator Preparation; Evaluation; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Economics of Education; Educational Policy; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Leadership; Leadership Training; Professional / Staff Development; School and District Reform; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues

Contact Information
467 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2471
alizahus@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

Aliza N. Husain’s research focuses on using large-scale panel data and experimental and quasi-experimental methods to answer policy-relevant questions pertaining to principals. She is particularly interested in exploring predictors of principal quality and turnover, and modeling principal effects on teacher hiring, retention, and improvement, all with the goal of understanding how principals influence student outcomes in their schools. To that end, she is also engaged in work around exploring the role of training and professional development in influencing principal quality, as well as evaluating the reliability and validity of existing principal evaluation systems and examining their role in high-stakes decisions.

Husain cares deeply about conducting research that can influence policies that improve schools. She believes that engaging with policymakers in research-practice partnerships surfaces important questions, adds contextual knowledge to better explain research findings, and increases the likelihood that implications from research find their way into policy discussions. She therefore continues to work with states and districts to understand and address stakeholder questions, especially around school leadership.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Virginia, Education Policy (2019)
  • MPP, University of Virginia, Public Policy (2016)
  • BA, Occidental College, Economics (2013)
Publications:
Book Chapter:
  • Player, D.W. & Husain, A.N. No longer forgotten: The triumphs and struggles of rural education in America. In Andrew Smarick (Ed.) Issues in Rural Education, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Husain, A.N. (2018, Nov). Measuring Principals’ Contributions to Teachers’ Classroom Practice in District of Columbia Public Schools. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2018 Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC.;
  • Husain, A.N. (2019, March). Measuring Principals’ Contributions to Teachers’ Classroom Practice in District of Columbia Public Schools. Paper presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 44th Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.;
  • Husain, A.N., Miller L.C., & Player, D.W. (2018, Nov). Teacher Ratings and Principal Turnover. Paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) 2018 Annual Conference, Houston, TX.;
  • Husain, A.N., Matsa D.A., & Miller, A.R. (2017, November). Gender in School Leadership: Effects on Teacher Retention. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 2017 Fall Research Conference, Chicago, IL.;
  • Husain, A.N., Matsa D.A., & Miller, A.R. (2018, March). Gender in School Leadership: Effects on Teacher Retention. Paper presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 43rd Annual Conference, Portland, OR.;
  • Husain, A.N., Miller L.C., & Player, D.W. (2018, April). Teacher Ratings and Principal Turnover. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting, New York City, NY.;
  • Husain, A.N., Loeb, S., Miller, L.C., & Wyckoff, J.H. (2016, November). Tenure Reform in New York City: Do More Rigorous Standards Improve Teacher Effectiveness? Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2016 Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC.;
  • Husain, A.N., Loeb, S., Miller, L.C., & Wyckoff, J.H. (2017, March). Teacher Tenure, Performance Screens, and Teacher Improvement: Tenure reform in New York City. Paper presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 42nd Annual Conference, Washington, DC.;
  • Adnot, M. A., Dee, T. S., Husain, A. N., Katz, V. L., & Wyckoff, J. H. (2015, November). Education Reform and Student Achievement in the District of Columbia: Three Sources of Evidence. Poster presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2015 Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL.;
  • Dee, T. S., Husain, A. N., Player, D. W., & Wyckoff, J. H. (2016, April). Measuring Principal Effects on Teacher Performance and Student Outcomes. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2016 Student Conference, Washington, DC.;
  • Dee, T. S., Husain, A. N., Player, D. W., & Wyckoff, J. H. (2016, February). Measuring Principal Effects on Teacher Performance and Student Outcomes. Paper presented at the 2016 Curry Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.;
  • Dee, T. S., Husain, A. N., Player, D. W., & Wyckoff, J. H. (2016, March). Measuring Principal Effects on Teacher Performance and Student Outcomes. Paper presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 41st Annual Conference, Denver, CO.;
  • Husain, A.N., Loeb, S., Miller, L.C., & Wyckoff, J.H. (2016, May). Tenure Reform in New York City: Do More Rigorous Standards Improve Teacher Effectiveness? Poster presented at the Stanford Conference on Education and Inequality in 21st Century America, Stanford, CA.;
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    Contact Information

    467 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-2471
    alizahus@buffalo.edu