Kri Burkander

Research Associate


B.A. in Psychology: Antioch College
M.S.W. in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth: University of Michigan
Ph.D. in Education Policy: Michigan State University


Dr. Kri Burkander, a Research Associate at Research for Action, has extensive experience working with youth in classroom and out-of-school settings as an educator, mixed-methods researcher, clinician, and administrator. Her research focuses on the transition from high school to college for low-income and first-generation college students, and she is broadly committed to improving educational pipelines and outcomes for underrepresented students. She is the lead qualitative researcher on an evaluation of state and local college promise programs, directs the evaluation of Jobs for the Future’s Student Success Center Network, and leads an investigation of the educational and career pipeline for African American students at HBCUs and PBIs interested in financial service sales. Burkander also leverages her experience in evaluating out-of-school (OST) program quality in support of an afterschool arts initiative in six states.