Religion and education
Multiculturalism and diversity
International and comparative education
Education in contexts of conflict
Melanie has conducted research in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, the United States, and Egypt using sociological theories as a way to understand issues related to religion, conflict, and multicultural education. She publishes widely in the field of education and was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award for 2015–2016 to The Republic of the Philippines.