Bradley Marianno
Bradley  Marianno

Bradley Marianno

Cohort: 2013

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

B.S. Sociology- Brigham Young University
M.S. Sociology- Brigham Young University
M.A. Economics- University of Southern California



    K-12 Education Policy

    Research Interest

    Teachers unions, collective bargaining, K-12 education finance, teacher labor markets, educational governance

    Bradley Marianno

    Bradley Marianno was raised in northern California, the product of a family of educators and the state’s K-12 public education system. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He continued to earn a Master of Science in Sociology at BYU, broadly focusing on organizational change. While completing his Master’s degree, Bradley was employed as a researcher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he worked on several projects, including a multi-year study of the Church’s Perpetual Education Fund. Now a Doctoral Candidate in Urban Education Policy, Bradley’s research focuses on the dynamics of local and state education policy change with a substantive focus on teachers’ unions, collective bargaining, collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), K-12 education finance, and local school district policy decision-making and implementation. His current projects include a study of teacher contracts in California, Washington, and Michigan (with Drs. Katharine Strunk, Joshua Cowen, and Dan Goldhaber), a multi-year study focusing on the role of teachers unions in state politics, a qualitative study on CBA implementation in California school districts, and a multiple case study of bargaining negotiations in California and Michigan.


    Professional Experience:

    • Researcher (2012-2013), Research Information Division, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    • Research Assistant (2009-2013), Sociology Department, Brigham Young University
    • SPSS/Stata Lab Assistant (2010, 2013), Sociology   Department, Brigham Young University
    • Teacher's Assistant (2009-2010), Sociology Department, Brigham Young University 

    Honors and Awards:

    • 2018- USC Student Recognition Award, The Order of the Arête (University service award)
    • 2018- Emerging Education Policy Scholar, Fordham and American Enterprise Institute, 7th Cohort
    • 2017- NAED/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Semi-Finalist
    • 2017- Clark Scholar, David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy
    • 2013-current- Rossier Dean's Fellowship, USC
    • 2010-2011- Edwin S. Hinckley Scholarship, BYU
    • 2009-2010- Mary Fielding Smith Scholarship, BYU
    • 2008-2009- BYU General Scholarship, BYU
    • 2008-2011- Deans List, BYU

    Selected Publications

    • Marianno, Bradley D., Strunk, Katharine O. (2018). The Bad End of the Bargain?: Revisiting the Relationship between Collective Bargaining Agreements and Student Achievement. Economics of Education Review.
    • Strunk, Katharine O., Cowen, Joshua, Goldhaber, Dan, Marianno, Bradley D, Kilbride, Tara, & Theobald, Roddy. (2018). It’s in the Contract: How the Policies Set in Teachers’ Unions Collective Bargaining Agreements Vary Across States and Districts. Educational Policy, 32(2), 280-312.
    • Marianno, Bradley D, Kilbride, Tara, Theobald, Roddy, Strunk, Katharine O., Cowen, Joshua, & Goldhaber, Dan. (2018). Cut from the Same Cloth? Comparing Urban District CBAs Within States and Across the U.S. Educational Policy, 32(2), 334-359.
    • Marianno, Bradley D. (2018). Down but Not Out: The National Education Association in Federal Politics. Educational Policy, 32(2), 234-254.
    • Marianno, Bradley D. (2015). Teachers’ Unions on the Defensive?: How Recent Collective Bargaining Laws Reformed the Rights of Teachers, Journal of School Choice, 9(4), 551-577.

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