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Melanie C. Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar grant recipient to the Philippines and has conducted research in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, the United States, and Egypt. Her areas of expertise include religion and education, Islamic education, religious extremism and education, international and global education, cultural proficiency, multicultural education, school leadership, school violence, and qualitative research methodology.

Dr. Brooks is the author of Education and Muslim Identity During a Time of Tension: Inside an American Islamic School, published by Routledge in 2018. Her articles are published in leading education research journals, including Educational Administration QuarterlyTeachers College Record, International Journal of Educational Management, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, Religion and Education, Planning and Changing: An Educational Leadership and Policy Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and Educational Policy.

Dr. Brooks is co-editor of two books, Urban Educational Leadership for Social Justice: International Perspectives (with Jeff Brooks) and Critical Perspectives of Black Education: Spirituality, Religion and Social Justice (with Noelle Witherspoon-Arnold). She has also contributed chapters to scholarly edited monographs and written several entries for reference works.


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Research interests


Islamic education

Religion and education

Educational leadership

Education in contexts of conflict

Multiculturalism, diversity, and social cohesion

International education

Qualitative research methodology

Education/Academic qualification

International and Multicultural Education, Ph.D., Florida State University

Library Science, M.L.S., University of Missouri

Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed., University of Missouri

English, B.A., University of Missouri


  • Education leadership
  • International and comparative education
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Religion and education
  • Islamic Education

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

Culturally relevant leadership: advancing critical consciousness in American Muslim students

Ezzani, M. & Brooks, M., 7 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Educational Administration Quarterly. 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Dynamics that impede and facilitate educational effectiveness in the Philippines

Brooks, M. C. & Brooks, J. S., 2019, Asia-Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration. Fernandes, V. & Chan, P. W. K. (eds.). 1st ed. Charlotte NC USA: Information Age Publishing, p. 103-112 10 p. (Leadership Schools and Change ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Education and Muslim Identity During a Time of Tension: Inside an American Islamic School

Brooks, M. C., 2019, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 166 p. (Routledge Research in Education)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Grassroots leadership for ecological sustainability, empowerment, and political change: Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement

Brooks, M. C., 2018, Leadership Against the Grain: Lessons for Creating Just and Equitable Schools. Brooks, J. S. & Normore, A. H. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Teachers College Press, p. 14-22 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review


"Bridge" People Award

Melanie Brooks (Recipient), 6 Apr 2019

Prize: National/international honour

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program

Melanie Brooks (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

World Research Advocacy Award

Melanie Brooks (Recipient), 2015

Prize: National/international honour