Melissa joined the College of Law and Criminology in January 2017. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and is presently a PhD researcher. Her doctoral thesis explores the subjective lived experiences of detained young male offenders in Trinidad and Tobago. Her interests include sentencing, penology and youth justice.
Melissa holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, an LLM (Merit) from UCL, and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. Melissa is an attorney at law qualified to practise law in the West Indies since 2006.