Meet our Team


Kendra Thompson-Dyck

She, Her, Hers

Dr. Kendra Thompson-Dyck serves as Director for the Office of Assessment & Research (A&R) and is a Research Affiliate of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) at the University of Arizona.  Her diverse portfolio includes applied and scholarly projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Department of Education, and the Arizona Innovation Alliance.

Trained as a quantitative social scientist, Kendra leads projects in A&R designed to enhance student experiences and outcomes, including campuswide survey consultation and coordination.

Selected Publications

Thompson-Dyck, K. and Schalewski, L.  2023. “Collaborating with Stakeholders in the Assessment Process.” In Henning, G. Yousey-Elsner K. & Betrim, E. (Eds.), Coordinating Student Affairs Assessment, 2nd Ed.  Stylus Publishing. 

 Thompson-Dyck, K. 2021. “Neighborhood Context and Juvenile Recidivism: A Spatial Analysis of Organizations and Reoffending Risk.” Crime and Delinquency. 68(3): 331-356. DOI: 10.1177/0011128721999336


  • PhD, Sociology | The University of Arizona
  • MA, Sociology | The University of Arizona
  • BA, Communication | Seattle Pacific University


Ned Tilbrook

Data Analyst
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Dr. Ned Tilbrook is Data Analyst in the Office of Assessment and Research.  He received his PhD from the Department of Sociology at Portland State University in Spring 2024, where he also received his Masters in 2020. His dissertation research uses nationally representative data to examine social reproduction in higher education, in particular the experiences of first-generation college students and qualitative stratification by college major with a focus on STEM. He has also researched college graduate underemployment using qualitative interviews and food access in Portland using GIS methods. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in Social Science Research, Sociology of Education, and Socius.

Selected publications

Oh, Byeongdon, Ned Tilbrook, and Dara Shifrer. 2024. “Shifting Tides: The Evolution of Racial Inequality in Higher Education from the 1980s through the 2010s.” Socius 10:23780231231225576. doi:10.1177/23780231231225578. 


  • PhD, Sociology | Portland State University
  • MS, Sociology | Portland State University
  • BA, Sociology | University of the West of England

Elisa Sperandio

Manager, Training and Project Development
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Dr. Elisa Sperandio serves as Manager of Training and Project Development in the Office of Assessment and Research. In Spring 2024, she received her PhD from the School of Geography, Development, and Environment at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research on migrant inclusion and housing in Italy was funded by the Social Science Research Council and the American Geographical Society. 

With a background in qualitative research and teaching, Elisa's work in A&R includes curating professional development offerings and supporting consultations with campus partners. 

Selected Publications

Sperandio, E., & Lampredi, G. (2024). From hospitality to dwelling: a lens for migrant homesharing in Italy. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-19. 


  • PhD, Geography | University of Arizona
  • MA, Geography | University of Kentucky
  • BA, Geography, Political Science | Concord University