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Bradley D. Marianno, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of educational policy and leadership and Co-Director of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). Marianno’s research focuses on the consequences of education policy change for educational governance and student outcomes with a substantive focus on local, state and federal teacher policy. His work has appeared in several policy journals including Economics of Education Review, Policy Studies Journal, Educational Policy, and AERA Open. He has provided expert opinion to media outlets like Education Week, The74, NPR, and Time. He graduated with his PhD in urban education policy from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds master’s degrees in sociology and economics from Brigham Young University and USC, respectively.


Tiberio Garza, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and Associate Director of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). Earning his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Tiberio joins the EPHE faculty with interest areas in applied statistics and English language learners. Previously, Tiberio has served as the Regional Evaluator for the Prevention Resource Center in Central Texas where he co-managed a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, along with the evaluating the quality of regional data across 30 counties. Tiberio looks to bring further statistical and analytical knowledge to UNLV, while conducting high-level research and commitment to further teaching of students.

Research Associate

Deanna Cooper, PhD, is a Research Associate of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). Earning her PhD in higher education from UNLV, Deanna joins CREA with research interests in education policymaking and governance at state and local levels. She is also an Air Force veteran and holds master’s degrees in National Resource Strategy, with an emphasis in supply chain management, and Logistics/Business Management.

Graduate Assistants

Ana Paula S. Loures-Elias