Educational Background

  • Ph.D., in Geography and Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
    Her dissertation, "Splintering Beijing: Socio-spatial fragmentation, commodification and gentrification in the hutong neighborhoods of Old Beijing," investigated the impacts of Olympic urban redevelopment upon low-income and marginalized communities in China's capital city.

Other Activities

  • Melissa is also a Teach for America Alumnae (2000, Oakland, CA), a 2004 NSEP Boren Fellow (China), and a 2008 Fulbright Fellow (China).
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