Melinda Lemke

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.  Melinda currently 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.  Prior to her position at UB, she 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 completed her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.  While at UT, she served as the founding Managing Editor of the Texas Education Review.  Melinda also holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Government from UT Austin, as well as a B.S.E.D. in Secondary Education, B.A. in History, and minor in Law from Bucknell University.

Issues-based scholarship