Student Profile

Mary Briggs
Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy


Program: Ph.D., Education (Emphasis: School Organization & Educational Policy)

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Timar

Research Interests

  • Organizational learning and change in schools and districts
  • Educational equity
  • School district instructional improvement efforts
  • School finance
  • California education policy

Research Appointments

  • System Transformation Collaborative, 2013 – Present
  • California Institute for School Improvement, 2012
  • Deregulating School Aid in California, 2010-2012


Fuller, B., Marsh, J., Stecher, B., & Timar, T. (with Briggs, M., Epstein, S., Lorenzi, N., Makkonen, R., Spain, A., & Waite, A). (2011). Deregulating school aid in California: How 10 districts responded to fiscal flexibility, 2009-10. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.

Stecher, B., Fuller, B., Timar, T., & Marsh, J. (with Briggs, M., Han, B., Katz, B., Spain, A., & Waite, A.). (2012). Deregulating school aid in California: How districts responded to flexibility in Tier 3 categorical funds in 2010-11. Santa Monica, RAND Corporation.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, EDU 206C/D (2011-12, 2012-13)
  • Teaching Assistant, Discourse Analysis in Educational Settings, EDU 249 (Winter 2013)

Graduate Student Service

  • Committee for Social Justice in Education, 2012 – Present
  • Volunteer Mentor, Senior Seminar, West Sacramento Early College Prep, Fall 2012
  • Communications Chair, School of Education Graduate Student Association, 2011-12

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association

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