Dr. Melanie H. Ram
Chair of the Department
Ph.D. The George Washington University
Office: McKee Fisk 244
Dr. Ram’s research focuses on the interactions between states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing minority rights in Europe. Much of her published work has focused on post-communist Central and Eastern Europe and the Roma (Gypsy) minority. She has explored the European Union’s influence on government policy, minority groups, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); the impact of migration on minority representation; and the role of transnational advocacy networks and other factors in agenda-setting and international organization policy-making.
Dr. Ram teaches undergraduate courses in International Politics (PLSI 120), International Law and Organization (PLSI 126), the Politics of Foreign Aid (PLSI 122), and Global Governance and Human Rights (PLSI 128T), and currently directs the College of Social Sciences Honors program (SSCI 150T).
In 2011, Dr. Ram was awarded the Provost’s Promising New Faculty Award. She is actively
involved in the university at all levels, including as co-Chair of the College of
Social Sciences’ International Education Committee and as a member of the Executive
Committee of the Academic Senate. She has also served as a Visiting Professor at
universities in Spain and Ghana through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
Prior to her current position, Dr. Ram spent six years working in international development as an advisor and coordinator on U.S. foreign aid policy in the Washington, DC office of the Government of Japan’s technical assistance aid agency.
Dr. Ram's CV.
“International Organization Autonomy and Issue Emergence: The World Bank’s Roma Inclusion Agenda,”Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 23, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2017): 565 - 582.
"International Policy and Roma Education in Europe: Essential Inputs or Centralized Distractions?" Inclusion and Education Rights of Roma Children. Special Issue of the Alberta Journal of Education Research, 61, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 465 - 483.
"Europeanized Hypocrisy: Roma Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe,"Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 13, no. 3 (2014): 15-44.
"Legacies of EU Conditionality: Explaining Post-Accession Adherence to
Pre-Accession Rules on Roma."Europe-Asia Studies 64, no. 7(2012): 1191-1218.
"Lost in Transition? Europeanization and the Roma." L'Europe en Formation 364(Summer 2012): 417-434.
"Roma Advocacy and EU Conditionality: Not One without the Other?" Comparative European Politics 9 (March 2011): 217 - 241.
"Interests, Norms and Advocacy: Explaining the Emergence of the Roma onto the EU's Agenda."Ethnopolitics 9, no. 2 (June 2010).
"Romania: From Laggard to Leader?" In Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Bernd Rechel (New York: Routledge 2009).
"The Roma" in Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Bernd Rechel (New York: Routledge 2009) (with P. Vermeersch).
"Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Roma: Assessing the Impact of EU Enlargement" published in Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy 3(November 2007): 491-514.
"Democratization Through European Integration: The Case of Minority Rights in the Czech Republic and Romania" published in Studies in Comparative International Development 38(Summer 2003): 28 - 56.
"Minority Relations in Multiethnic Societies: Assessing the European Union Factor in Romania." Romanian Journal of Society and Politics 1, no. 2, special issue, "Romania and the European Union" (Nov. 2001):63-90.
"Who Speaks For Roma? Political Representation of a Transnational Minority Community." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39, no. 1 (2013): 180-181.