Profile: Melinda Lemke
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. Rooted in critical and feminist theoretical traditions, Melinda has researched gender violence and prevention; curriculum policy reform and implementation; trafficking and immigration policy; refugee student trauma and resettlement; and practitioner self-care. Melinda is a UB Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity fellow, Gender Institute affiliate, and editorial board member of Leadership and Policy in Schools. 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.