Christopher A. Cody is a senior researcher at AIR, where he works on the Education Statistics Services Institute Network project as director of the postsecondary administrative data division task. As director of the postsecondary administrative data division project, Dr. Cody also serves as a survey director for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Dr. Cody’s other areas of expertise are in survey design and analysis, charter school and nonprofit governance research, and school financial analysis and research.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Cody was the director of research and public policy at The Public School Forum of North Carolina, where he lead research projects on several education topics, such as local school finances, charter school policies, and expanded learning opportunities. Also, Dr. Cody was a fellow with the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Education Leadership and co-coordinated the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program. His work on charter school governance and finances, along with his other research on education policies and nonprofit studies, has been presented at national conferences, such as the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the American Society of Public Administration. Dr. Cody also has authored several public service and outreach publications on a variety of education policy issues, such as The North Carolina Local School Finance Study, Education 24/7: Expanded Learning Opportunities for North Carolina Students to be Career and College Ready, and North Carolina’s Road Map to Need. Dr. Cody's research at North Carolina State University focused on charter school governance with a dissertation entitled Understanding Factors That Influence Charter School Board Roles and Responsibilities.