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Melinda Lemke

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo

Professional Summary:
Melinda Lemke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy where she is a part of the Educational Administration, and Economics and Educational Policy Analysis Programs. She is the Program Advisor for the Education Leadership and Policy for Equity Minor, a Community for Global Health Equity Fellow, and Gender Institute Affiliate. Melinda’s research focuses on two substantive areas within the field of educational policy and leadership – the politics of education and underserved youth populations. She has researched curriculum policy formation and implementation, youth trafficking and immigration policy, and gender issues in education. Her current work focuses on educational policy and programmatic responses to displaced student trauma(s). Her teaching interests include critical/feminist critical policy analyses, interdisciplinarity, interprofessional collaboration, and leadership for social justice. Prior to her position at UB, Melinda was a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the College of Law and Criminology, Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom. Melinda is an editorial board member of Leadership and Policy in Schools and brings a lengthy career in U.S. urban public high school teaching and administration to her work at UB.


Education and Training:
PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, Educational Policy and Planning; Women's and Gender Studies Concentration
MEd, The University of Texas at Austin, Curriculum and Instruction; Government Concentration
BSED; BA, Bucknell University, Secondary Education; History

Awards and Honors:
Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence; University at Buffalo; 2018-01-29;
Community for Global Health Equity Seed Funding; University at Buffalo, 2017;
Community for Global Health Equity Fellow (Refugee Health and Well-being in Buffalo); University at Buffalo, 2017;
Division B (Curriculum Studies) Outstanding Dissertation Recognition Award; American Educational Research Association, 2016;
Politics of Education Association Outstanding Dissertation Award; American Educational Research Association, 2016;
Swansea University Research Grant Enabler (SURGE) Recipient; Swansea University, 2016;
Graduate School Named Continuing Dissertation Fellowship; The University of Texas at Austin, 2014;
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Fellow; The University of Texas at Austin, 2014;
David L. Clark National Fellow in Educational Administration and Policy; University Council for Educational Administration, 2013;
Institute of American History Fellow; Gilder Lehrman, 2009;
Landmarks of American History and Culture Fellow; National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008;
James Madison Memorial Master's Fellowship; James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, 2003;
J. William Fulbright Foreign Fellowship; U.S. Department of State, 2001;