Melissa Diliberti

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.P., The George Washington University; B.A. in political science and international studies, University of Michigan


Melissa Kay Diliberti is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include domestic and international education policy and equity.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a researcher at the American Institutes for Research, where she provided research and analysis support to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In this role, she served as a U.S. delegate (on behalf of NCES) to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Working Party on Indicators of Education Systems—a body overseeing statistical comparisons of countries’ education systems. She collaborated with researchers and statisticians from 36 OECD countries to develop international data collections to address policy-relevant information gaps and then analyzed data from federal surveys to generate official statistics for the United States to respond to these data collections. 

Diliberti has an M.P.P. from the George Washington University and a B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Michigan.