EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Gender, Culture, and Equity; Educational Policy; Legal Issues; Urban Education; Mental Health; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods
Melinda Lemke is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. An interdisciplinary, qualitative educational policy researcher, her body of work focuses on the politics of education and how public education addresses societal violence and centers the wellbeing of historically underserved students. The first area is concerned with how power and normative values affect educational policy development and implementation toward the end of understanding for whom do these processes work. The second investigates educational actor decision-making and youth schooling experience with the aim of making visible the complex and nuanced ways neoliberal sociopolitical culture shapes both. Situating her work within critical and feminist theoretical traditions, Melinda has examined curriculum policy reform and implementation; gender violence and prevention; human trafficking and immigration policy; researcher positionality; trauma and refugee resettlement; and urban education. Her research and teaching are shaped by previous work in sexual assault prevention and survivor advocacy and a career in U.S. urban secondary public education.
Melinda currently teaches in the Educational Administration and Educational Leadership and Policy for Equity (ELPE) minor programs. She previously taught in the Economics and Educational Policy Analysis program, and served as ELPE program director.
• ELP 200: Foundations of Education Policy & Leadership for Social Justice
• ELP 405: Sociology of Education
• ELP 500: The Nature of Inquiry
• ELP 652: Leadership and Policy for Inclusion
• ELP 687: Introduction to Qualitative Methodology & Design in Educational Administration
• ELP 689: Critical Policy Analysis
• ELP 695: Education Policy and Economic Justice
• UB Community for Excellence in Global Health Equity (Bridging Projects, Global Child, Refugee Health and Wellbeing co-Lead)
• UB Gender Institute
• UB Honors College, Faculty Fellow
• University of Huddersfield, International Advisory Group for the Ni3 Centre for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence
• University Council for Educational Administration, Plenary Representative