Ethan Ris | Educational leadership | College of Education and Human Development
Ethan W. Ris is Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a doctorate. and an MA from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where he was also a doctoral candidate at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He holds a BA from Brown University.
Ris is a historian of educational policy. His current book project focuses on the effect of militant philanthropy on American university education in the first half of the 20th century. Using archival methods, he shows how the efforts of early philanthropic foundations to force efficiency-oriented reforms on colleges and universities failed, before embracing the ethics of student development and education. institutional autonomy in the middle of the century.
Ris’s previous work, published in various peer-reviewed journals, has focused on bringing higher education and the business sector closer together, as well as the social construction of non-cognitive skills at K12 and undergraduate levels. Additionally, his writings and expertise have been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and public radio.