Marialena Rivera (Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. She is passionate about improving the educational experience for students and is an advocate for public education, at all levels, as an integral part of a thriving and engaged community. Her research focuses on the politics of education policy and policy implementation, educational privatization, school finance equity, and school leadership for school improvement. Her work has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, American Journal of Education, Journal of Education Policy, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.
Prior to joining the faculty at Moody College, Rivera spent two years as an Assistant Professor in Education Leadership at the College of Education at Texas State University and later worked with the Moody Office of Undergraduate Education in student support. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students and has won teaching awards, including the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at UC Berkeley, and the Alpha Chi Favorite Professor Award at Texas State University.
Rivera completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education in education policy, organizations, measurement & evaluation. She earned a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science for Teachers at Pace University while teaching middle school in the Bronx, New York. She completed a BA in Government and a BBA in Business Honors and Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin. Rivera enjoys painting and hiking and lives with her husband and three children in Austin, Texas.
PhD, 2016, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education; Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation
MPP, 2011, University of California, Berkeley, Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
MST, 2009, Pace University, School of Education
BBA , 2007, The University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business; Business Honors Program & Marketing
BA, 2007, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts; Government