Christopher Saldaña

Assistant Professor

(608) 262-8866

249 Education Building

1000 Bascom Mall

Madison, WI 53706-1326

Saldaña, Christopher


Christopher Saldaña is an assistant professor of K-12 educational leadership and policy analysis. Chris’s research examines the relationship between K-12 school finance and educational opportunity, focusing particularly on the educational experiences of minoritized and marginalized students. Chris uses multiple and mixed methods in his research.


  • PhD Educational Foundations, Policy, & Practice, University of Colorado Boulder, 2022
  • MA Economics, California State University Fullerton, 2018
  • BA Economics, University of California San Diego, 2012

Select Publications

  • Saldaña, C. (2022). NEPC review: Michigan student opportunity scholarships: Overview and fiscal analysis.. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Saldaña, C., Welner, K., Malcolm, S., & Tisch, E. (2021). Teachers as market influencers: Towards a policy framework for teacher brand ambassador programs in K-12 schools.. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29 Online Publication/Abstract.
  • • Boninger, F., Molnar, A., & Saldaña, C. (2020). Big claims, little evidence, lots of money: The reality behind the Summit Learning Program and the push to adopt digital personalized learning platforms.. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center Online Publication/Abstract.

Select Presentations

  • Saldaña, C., Myers, J., Somerville, K., & Umpstead, G. The Price of Opportunity Project. Webinar series presented at the The Price of Opportunity Project, College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Link