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Biography

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 Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, the United States, and Egypt. Her areas of expertise include school leadership, Islamic schooling, religion and education, international education, education and extremism, education in contexts of conflict, 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, 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.

In 2019 she was awarded the "Bridge People" Award, in the Leadership for Social Justice SIG at the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) annual meeting for her work “creating a bridge between themselves and others” through scholarship and research.

 

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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 Columbia

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

English, B.A., University of Missouri Columbia

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2017 2021

Research Output 2008 2019

Culturally relevant leadership: advancing critical consciousness in American Muslim students

Ezzani, M. & Brooks, M., Dec 2019, In : Educational Administration Quarterly. 55, 5, p. 781-811 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

Prizes

"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

Activities 2008 2019

A Classroom that Works: Exploring Australian Education

Melanie Brooks (Invited speaker)
8 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

How to develop your literature review in qualitative research

Melanie Brooks (Invited speaker)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

William L. Boyd - National Education Politics Workshop Mentor 2018

Melanie Brooks (Session chair)
5 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

School leader religiosity and the ethical consequences

Melanie Brooks (Speaker)
11 Nov 201912 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Islamic Schooling in Southeast Asia

Melanie Brooks (Contributor)
19 Sep 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar