EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Critical Policy Analysis; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Educational Policy; Mental Health; School and Community Partnerships; Qualitative Research Methods; Politics of Education
Melinda Lemke, PhD, is an interdisciplinary, qualitative educational policy researcher who examines the politics of education and how public education addresses structural violence to center the well-being and rights of historically underserved students. The first area investigates policy actor knowledge, discourse, decision-making, and engagement with policy. The second area examines how power and normative culture affect educational policy development and implementation processes. Both areas include a focus on the dynamics driving, as well as educational and public health responses to gender-based violence and forced displacement. Drawing from critical and feminist theoretical traditions, Melinda’s body of work interrogates questions concerning the intended and unintended consequences of policy, gaps in implementation, and ultimately for whom do policies work and to what ends for collective futurity. Melinda is the Associate Editor of Leadership and Policy in Schools and her work is found in outlets such as the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Children's Geographies, Educational Policy, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Policy Futures in Education, and The Urban Review.
Melinda's research, teaching, and service agenda is shaped by a previous career in U.S. urban public education, work in sexual assault prevention, and worldview that aims to dismantle structural inequality through transdisciplinary and community-centric, co-constructed public knowledge. Some of her career honors include a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea, James Madison Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award, National Board Certification, and Graduate School of Education Faculty-in-Residence Award.
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.
• UB Community for Excellence in Global Health Equity (Bridging Projects, Global Child, Refugee Health and Wellbeing co-Lead)
• UB Gender Institute
• University Council for Educational Administration, Plenary Representative
• University of Huddersfield, International Advisory Group for the Ni3 Centre for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence
• 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 (EDA)
• ELP 689: Critical Policy Analysis
• ELP 695: Education Policy and Economic Justice