Stefani Relles

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Expertise: Writing, College access, Equity, Low-income students, Higher education policy


Stefani Relles comes to the UNLV College of Education with her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California. Her research pertains to college access and equity for underserved student populations. She is primarily interested postsecondary writing remediation policy reform. She brings a pre-K-20 perspective to the study of college writing and digital literacies preparation with students from diverse linguistic backgrounds. Her methods include ethnographic approaches to language and literacies research, discourse analyses, and the development of online qualitative research techniques to accommodate data collected in virtual spaces.


  • B.A., English, Northwestern University
  • M.Ed., University of New Hampshire
  • Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California

Stefani Relles In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
The threats associated with violence and gun confiscations are sparking concern on how it impacts CCSD students’ ability to learn.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
President Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive orders during the first day of his term. But how much of an impact will those decisions have on Nevadans?

Articles Featuring Stefani Relles

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Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Research | August 23, 2016

Education professor Stefani Relles on how paying for a college education is progressively harder, especially for low-income and minority students.

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Arts and Culture | March 23, 2015

Thursday's University Forum lecture dives into artistic integrity and social media. Join the discussion with local arts group leaders on the DIY social movement, edupunks, and the fine line between Kim Kardashian and Radiohead.