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Brian Kleiner

fors-B_Kleiner-14 Head of unit Data and Research Information Services
Office 5212
+41 (0)21 692 37 44
Languages: English, French


Brian Kleiner is a linguist by training (PhD from Michigan State University), with specialisation in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. Before coming to FORS in 2008 he worked for 10 years at Westat, a private research corporation outside of Washington DC, conducting national surveys in education for the U.S. federal government. Since 2008, he is head of Data and Research Information Services and member of the Executive Board at FORS.


Brian Kleiner’s methodological research has focused on the role of language in surveys, including survey translation and the response quality of linguistic minorities. As head of data services at FORS, his ongoing work examines the role of research infrastructures in supporting science. He specialises in research data management, including the study of data documentation, security, preparation, and anonymization, as well as organisation in day to day research practice.



Kleiner, B., Lipps, O., and Ferrez, E. (2015). Language Ability and Motivation among Foreigners in Survey Responding. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology doi: 10.1093/jssam/smv015 .

Kleiner, B., Stam, A., and Pekari, N. (2015). Big data for the social sciences. FORS Working Paper Series,  Lausanne.


Kleiner B., Renschler I., Wernli B., Farago P., Joye D. (eds.) (2013), Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences. Seismo, 228 p.

Renschler, I., and Kleiner., B. (2013). Considering Dialect in Survey Research. Bulletin of Sociological Methodology. 118 51-59.

Laganà F., Elcheroth G., Penic S., Kleiner B., Fasel N. (2013), National minorities and their representation in social surveys: which practices make a difference? Quality & Quantity 47(3), pp. 1287-1314.


Kleiner, B., Heinzmann, C., Eberle, T.S., and Bergman, M. (2011) Qualitative Data Archiving in Switzerland. IASSIST Quarterly 35: 77-79.


Renschler, I, Kleiner, B., and Bichsel, M. (2010). Dialect-driven adaptation: Experiences from Switzerland. FORS Working Paper Series.


Kleiner, B., Pan, Y., and Bouic, J. (2009). The Impact of Instructions on Survey Translation: An Experimental Study. Survey Research Methods. Vol 3, No 3.


Kleiner, B., Thomas, N., and Lewis, L. (2007). Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure (NCES 2008–040). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.


Kleiner, B., and Pan, Y. (2006). Cross-Cultural Communication and the Telephone Survey Interview. In J. Harkness (ed.) Conducting Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Surveys. pp.81-90. Druck & Kopie Hanel, Mannheim.


Kleiner, B., Carver, P., Hagedorn, M., Chapman, C. (2005). Participation in Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons: 2002–03 (NCES 2006-040). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Kleiner, B., and Lewis, L. (2005). Dual Enrollment of High School Students at Postsecondary Institutions: 2002–03 (NCES 2005–008). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.


U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Before- and After-School Care, Programs, and Activities of Children in Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade: 2001, NCES 2004-008, by Brian Kleiner, Mary Jo Nolin, and Chris Chapman. Project Officer: Chris Chapman. Washington, DC: 2004.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The High School Transcript Study: A Decade of Change in Curricula and Achievement, 1990-2000. NCES 2004-455, by Robert Perkins, Brian Kleiner, Stephen Roey, and Janis Brown. Project Officer: Janis Brown. Washington, DC: 2004.


Kleiner, B., Porch, R., and Farris, E. (2002). Public Alternative Schools and Programs for Students At Risk of Education Failure: 2000–01 (NCES 2002–004). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999–2000. NCES 2002–131, by Nancy Carey, Brian Kleiner, Rebecca Porch, and Elizabeth Farris. Project Officer: Shelley Burns. Washington, DC: 2002.


Kleiner, Brian and Chapman, Chris (1999). “Youth Service-Learning and Community Service Among 6th- through 12th-Grade Students in the United States: 1996 and 1999″. Special Topics, General. Paper 74.

Demirci, M., Kleiner, B. (1999) The perception of Turkish dialects. In Preston, D. (ed). Handbook of Perceptual Dialectology. 263-282.


Kleiner, B. (1998). Whatever — Its use in ‘pseudo-argument’. Journal of Pragmatics 30(5):589-613.

Kleiner, B. (1998). The Modern Racist Ideology and its Reproduction in “Pseudo-Argument”Discourse and Society 9(2):187-215.


Kleiner, B. and Preston, D.R. (1997) Discourse disputes: How come you do do like you do. Folia Linguistica 31, 105-131.

Demirci, M. and Kleiner, B. (1997). Discourse Markers in Second Language Research. Journal of Intensive English Studies.  v11 p131-42 Spr-Fall 1997.


Kleiner, B. (1996). Class ethos and politeness.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Vol. 15 No. 2, 155-175.