Billy Kinsey

Billy Kinsey

Instructor, assistant director of graduate studies

Scherer Hall, Room 301 Phone: (804) 828-7528 Email:


  • Academic advising
  • Survey research and survey design
  • Economic development and urban development

Areas of Interest

Academic advising 
Survey research and survey design 
Economic development and urban development


B.S., Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A., Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University
Commonwealth Management Institute, 1998
Professional Researcher Certification (PRC), 2006 and renewed 2008-2016


Research methods for criminal justice, research and field methods for urban and regional studies

Research interests

Kinsey is interested in academic advising and teaching; survey research and survey design; economic development and urban development; economic impact studies; and examining the economic contributions of museums, historic sites, and other cultural attractions.


Kinsey is the associate director of graduate studies for the Wilder School. In this role, he provides academic advising to a diverse population of students in the school’s four master’s programs and seven post-baccalaureate graduate certificates; he coordinates the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) program; and he assists with curriculum development and changes. Kinsey also teaches undergraduate research methods courses as an instructor for the criminal justice and urban and regional studies programs.

Prior to joining the graduate studies team, Kinsey was a senior researcher, economist and research faculty member with VCU’s Virginia Center for Urban Development. For more than 15 years, he worked directly with clients to help them collect, manage and analyze data — all with the goal of answering key economic and public policy questions. In addition, he has developed an extensive understanding of survey research and worked with clients to plan, design and implement in-person, mail, telephone and Internet surveys. His clients have included state and local government agencies, industry advocacy groups and public and private cultural institutions.

Selected publications

The Economic Impact of Cultural Attractions. In Roger Kemp and Marcia Trotta (Eds.),Museums, Libraries, and Urban Vitality (2008).