College of Law and Criminology Postdoctoral Research Associate receives Outstanding Dissertation Awards

Dr Melinda Lemke, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, received two prestigious awards for her doctoral dissertation titled, Politics, Policy, and Normative State Culture: Texas Trafficking Policy and Education as a Medium for Social Change.

Dr Lemke received these awards from divisions within the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a U.S. educational research, professional, and policy-oriented organization of more than 25,000 members (See:  AERA also is international and interdisciplinary in scope, representing 85 countries in addition to the U.S. and disciplines including anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics.  Dr Lemke has been an active member of AERA since 2010.        

Dr Lemke received an AERA Division B, Outstanding Dissertation Recognition Award, and the AERA Politics of Education Association (PEA) Outstanding Dissertation Award.  Division B is dedicated to topics related to Curriculum Studies including: culture and commentary; histories and futurities; methods and ethics; people and politics; place and praxis; and decolonization and the next hundred years.  As an entity of AERA, PEA focuses on dissemination, dialogue and practitioner application of research on the political functions and outcomes of education at all levels, with the aim of improving democratic society.  Dr Lemke’s dissertation research was advised by Dr Jennifer Holme, Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning at The University of Texas at Austin.  She also worked with Drs Pedro Reyes, Angela Valenzuela, Gloria González-López, and Cinthia Salinas.

Since joining the Wales Observatory in February, Dr Lemke has presented parts of her research multiple times.  In March she gave introductory remarks for the Swansea University, College of Law and Criminology’s Children Displaced Across Borders Lecture Series.  Dr Lemke presented her work at the PEA award ceremony held at the AERA Annual conference in Washington, DC in April.  In May, she also was invited to lecture at the University College London Institute of Education.  Dr Lemke has publications due out for the Modern Slavery Research Consortium (Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool and Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull), in an edited book collection titled, Creating and Negotiating Collaborative Spaces for Socially-Just Anti-Bullying Interventions for K-12 Schools by Information Age Publishing, and on gender, markets, and inequality in, Educational Policy: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Policy