EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Gender, Culture, and Equity; Educational Policy; Legal Issues; Urban Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Mental Health; Politics of Education
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 educational organizations address equity issues and the specific needs of underserved youth. The first area is concerned with how power affects educational policy, programming, and schooling processes. The second examines how neoliberal sociopolitical and normative culture shapes educational actor decision-making and youth schooling experience. Situating her work within critical and feminist theoretical traditions, Melinda has researched gender violence and prevention; neoliberal policy reform and implementation; trafficking and immigration policy; refugee student trauma and resettlement; and practitioner self-care. Melinda is co-lead of a UB Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity Big Ideas team (Refugee Health and Well-being), Gender Institute affiliate, and Associate Editor for Leadership and Policy in Schools. Among other outlets, her work is published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Children's Geographies, Educational Policy, Policy Futures in Education, and The Urban Review. Prior to her position at UB, Melinda was a postdoctoral research associate for the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom. Her research and university teaching is shaped by a previous career in U.S. urban 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 advisor.
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
April 13, 2020. Scholarship and practice at the margins: Envisioning education that challenges silence and bridges divides. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, SUNY. Retrieved from http://www.buffalo.edu/globalhealthequity/Resources/articles-and-reflections.host.html/content/shared/www/globalhealthequity/articles-and-reflections/scholarship-and-practice-at-the-margins--envisioning-education-that-challenges-silence-and-bridges-divides-.detail.html
February 11, 2020. Continuing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion: Invited Speaker, Youth violence, sexual trauma, and schools: Responsibly framing and focusing the conversation. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Retrieved from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-the-diversity-equity-inclusion-discussion-gender-and-equity-registration-91659850079?aff=FacultyStaffEmail
August 28, 2018. Addressing the mental health needs of youth experiencing trauma: Searching for insights into school-level policy and practice. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, SUNY. Retrieved from https://www.buffalo.edu/globalhealthequity/global-projects/refugeehealthandwellbeing/buffalo/understanding-the-global-within-the-local--educational-policy-and-programmatic-supports-for-displaced-youth.host.html/content/shared/www/globalhealthequity/articles-and-reflections/addressing-the-mental-health-needs-of-youth-experiencing-trauma---searching-for-insights-into-school-level-policy-and-practice.detail.html
February 6, 2018. Graduate School of Education News Ticker – Understanding the global within the local: Educational policy and programmatic supports for displaced youth. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, SUNY. Retrieved from https://ed.buffalo.edu/news-events/ticker/archive.host.html/content/shared/ed/news/ticker/2018/02/06.detail.html