Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from GSU
Master of Public Policy from GSU
Urban Studies & Sexuality
Melanie is a GSU lifer with a Master of Public Policy, a BA in Sociology, and now completing a Sociology PhD with concentrations in Urban and Sexuality. Her current research is on sex work among homeless youth, and in general her research interests include sex work and sex trafficking narratives; pedestrianism, public space negotiation, and street harassment; and social-political behavior of artists/musicians. During her time in the PhD program, Melanie has worked with the Sociology Department’s homeless youth count and needs assessment; the Sociology and Geography Departments’ environmental justice transportation study; the GSU Multicultural Center; and the University Library advisory council. Outside of GSU, her background is in abortion care, sex trafficking victim services, pedestrian advocacy, and community arts programming.