PhD, Graduate School, City University of New York (2002)
MPH, Hunter College, CUNY (1991)
The aspect of teaching that I love most is generating excitement about and interest in the social world. To foster students’ reflection about “why things happen the way they do” affirms our human ability to make sense of social patterns and realities. Providing tools for critical thinking about society equips students to pay attention to experiences they have every day, but probably do not often theorize.
The opportunity to examine subject matter such as “ethnicity,” “inequality,” “power,” and “democracy” opens possibilities for students to understand the world they live in, at the local level as well as in an historical and global context. Through varied assignments, I engage students so they not only gain knowledge and new ways to explain social phenomena but confidence in their ability to reflect upon and comprehend their own experiences.
My goal is for students to develop their ability to integrate new awareness and explanations for social phenomena into their understanding of society. Sometimes this deepens what they already know or think. At other times, this conflicts with basic tenets of their worldview and unsettles how they understand social patterns. Either way, the process often fosters a realization that conscious living and intellectual engagement can be extremely satisfying as well as useful. I strive to develop curiosity and analytic ability rather than cultivate students’ perspectives or interpretations that mirror my own.
My teaching aims at engagement with the meaning, implications and significance of social facts, contexts and realities. I particularly value curiosity, questioning, and an interest in making sense of the social and material world. My goal is to excite students about the power of revelation and critique that to me, opens one’s mind to that which is possible, including the extraordinary. I continuously seek ways to create an environment where what students learn in my class has relevance in their everyday lives.
Qualities that I most proudly bring to teaching include creativity, flexibility, and being an attentive listener concerned with ways that different people develop intellectually. I continuously assess the effectiveness of activities and assignments and take a self-reflective posture about the pedagogical strategies I utilize to achieve course goals and objectives.
In the classroom, I employ a combination of discussion-based and experiential activities for a range of learning styles and work to stay focused on the “big questions” inherent to whatever topic we are exploring. Using varied assignments, I provide opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery through written, oral and/or creative expression and to develop their ideas and skills (communication, information literacy, critical thinking, and global awareness) in ways that build their abilities in stages.
For me, combining high expectations with substantial support (responsiveness, feedback, and accessibility) results in the best quality student work. This strategy affirms their ability as “thinkers” while pushing them to think, speak and write in more complex and sophisticated ways.
Bush, Melanie E L (2011). Transnational Africa Un-Pledging Allegiance: The US Must Make the African Connection. In Okome, Mojubaolu and Olufemi Vaughan (Eds.). Transnational Africa and Globalization. (pp. 107-124). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bush, Melanie E L and Deborah L. Little (2009). Teaching toward Praxis and Political Engagement. In Fasenfest, David (Eds.). Engaging Social Justice: Critical Studies of 21st Century Social Transformation. (pp. 11-36). Leiden:, Netherlands: Brill.
Bush, Melanie E L (2009). Reform or Revolution: Curricular Transformation in Higher Education. In Chin, Jean Lau (Eds.). Diversity in Mind and in Action. (pp. 611-618). Westport, CT: Praeger Press.
Bush, Melanie E L and Roderick D. Bush (2008). United States Nationalism and Nationalism Post World War II. In David H. Kaplan and Guntram H. Herb. (Eds.). Nations and Nationalisms in Global Perspective: An Encyclopedia of Origins, Development, and Contemporary Transitions. (pp. 1299-1312). Oxford, United Kingdom: ABC-CLIO.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007). "United Statesians: the Nationalism of Empire". In Hernan Vera and Joseph Feagin (Eds.). Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations. (pp. 285-318). New York, NY: Springer.
Bush, Melanie E L (2006). International and Comparative Literature on Whiteness. In David Roediger, Director; Tim Engles, Ed. (Eds.). Towards a Discipline Specific Bibliography of Critical Whiteness Studies. (pp. 116-132). Urbana-Champaign, Il: Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society of the University of Illinois..
Bush, Melanie E L (2014), “A Post Racial/Post-Racist Nation? How do things change as they stay the same?”. Islamic Monthly, Spring/Summer, 26-31.
Bush, Melanie E L (2010), White World Supremacy and the Creation of Nation: “American Dream" or Global Nightmare? Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association E-Journal, 6:1, 1-12.
Bush, Melanie E L (2009), Review of John Brown: The Cost of Freedom, Selection from His Life and Letters. by Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. Science & Society, Volume 73. No. 3., 423-425.
Bush, Melanie E L (Ness, Immanuel. Editor) (2009), The Hollywood Ten. International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest., Blackwell Publishing, 1602-03..
Bush, Melanie E L (2009), Aaron McGruder and ‘The Boondocks.’. African-American History Reference Series: The Contemporary World. (Paul Finkelman. Editor) New York: Oxford University Press., 236.
Bush, Melanie E L (2008), American Dream or Global Nightmare? Journal of Global Initiatives, 3 2, Chapter 20.
Ginger Macheski, Kathleen S. Lowney, Jan Buhrmann and Melanie E. L. Bush (2008), Facilitating Active Student Engagement and Dynamic Learning in Theory, Research Methods, and Statistics. Teaching Sociology. An Official Journal of the American Sociological Association, 36. Number 1, 42-48.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007), Extended View: Power to the People? Review of Race, Politics, and Community Development in U.S. Cities (The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Series) by James Jennings. Volume 594. London: Sage Publications. (July 2004). (Kushnick, Louis, Editor) Sage Race Relations Abstracts, 32:1, 38-41.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (Shirley Steinberg, Priya Parmar, and Brigit Richard.) (2006), Hip-Hop, Wiggahs, and Whiteness. Contemporary Youth Culture An International Encyclopedia. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 365-70..
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2006), Biographical Entry on Elizabeth Betita Martinez. Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia.(Vicki L. Ruiz, Virginia Sanchez Korrol, Editors.) : Indiana University Press, 429-30..
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2006), Whiteness Matters: National Belonging in the United States. Athanor, Semiotica, Filosopfia, Arte, Letteratura Special Issue on White Matters/Il Bianco in Questione. Susan Petrille, Ed. Augusto Ponzio General Editor, XVII no. 10, 118-126.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2006), White Privilege: Breaking the Code of Good Intentions. Response: The Voice of Women in Mission. United Methodist Women., January, 14-16.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2005), The Movement for an Academic Bill of Rights:. North American Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Society for the Anthropology of North America., Volume 8. No. 1., 16-19.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2005), Elizabeth Betita Martinez. 1000 Peace Women Across the Globe., The Association 1000 Peace Women for the Nobel Peace PrizeScalo, 763.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2005), Social Norms, Racial Narratives and the Mission of Public Education. Tsantsa, Revue de la Societe Suisse d'Ethnologie. Special Issue on School Society - Globalization., October, 58-69.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2004), Race, Ethnicity and Whiteness. Sage Race Relations Abstracts., Vol. 29, Nos. 3-4., 5-48..
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2003), American Identity and the Mechanisms of Everyday Whiteness. Socialism and Democracy. Journal of the Research Group, Volume 17, Number 1., 209-226..
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2002), Everyday Whiteness. SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University., Volume 4, # 4., 25-44.
Bush, Melanie E L (2015). Tensions in the American Dream on panel: Citizenship, Nationhood, Racialization. In Journal of Intercultural Studies Inaugural Conference (pp. 12). Graduate School, City University of New York, New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2015). The American Dream: Contemporary Perspectives. In Society for the Study of Social Problems. Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Bush, Melanie E L (2015). Tensions in the “American” Dream: Reflections on the Structural Logic of the System on panel: Race and Ethnicity in the Capitalist world System II. In American Sociological Association (ASA) (pp. 15). Chicago, IL.
Bush, Melanie E L (2015). Stories of My America. In Eastern Sociological Association. New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2014). Warrior for Justice Part 2: Tensions in the American Dream. In Society for the Study of Social Problems/Critical Sociology (pp. 12). San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2014). “Warrior for Justice Part 1: The Life of Roderick D. Bush. In Society for the Study of Social Problems/Critical Sociology (pp. 4). San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L and Roderick D. (2014). Multiple Crises of U. S. Hegemony, Historical Capitalism, and White World Supremacy. In International Sociology Association (pp. 4). (Paper read aloud by colleague), Yokohama, Japan.
Bush, Melanie E L (2014). Stories of My America: Race and Nation in the Contemporary U.S. In International Sociology Association. (pp. 6). (Paper read aloud by colleague), Yokohama, Japan.
Bush, Melanie E L (2012). Crafting Citizenship: Interrogating the "American-Ness" of the American Dream. In American Anthropological Association. Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2012). Inside Out or Outside In: The State of National Identity in the US. In International Sociological Forum. (delivered by video/unable to attend), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bush, Melanie E L (2011). Inside Out/Outside In: National Identity In the United States. In American Anthropological Association (pp. 17). Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Bush, Melanie E L (Chair and Discussant) (2010). Is this the End of Culture. In American Anthropological Association (pp. 5). New Orleans, Louisiana.
Bush, Melanie E L, 6 Adelphi students and students and faculty from St. Johns and Binghamton Universities (2010). How Things Change as they Stay the Same: Intergenerational Collaboration and Personal Transformation. In United States Social Forum (pp. na). Detroit, Michigan.
Bush, Melanie E L (2009). Reading/Misreading Race, Nation, Belonging and Resistance in the United States Today. In American Anthropological Association (pp. 15). Philadelphia.
Bush, Melanie E L (2009). Movements and Visions for the 21st Century: The US Social Forum and World Social Forum. In Critical Sociology (pp. 8). San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L and Matthew Birkhold (2009). Dialectics of Liberation: Praxis for a New Century. In American Sociological Association (ASA) (pp. 12). San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2009). Race, National Belonging and Resistance in 21st Century USA. In American Sociological Association (ASA) (pp. 18). San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2009). US Empire, National Belonging and Resistance in the 21st Century. In Does Discrimination Shape Identity?” International Conference. University of Paris XIII Centre de Recherches Interculturelles sur les Domaines Anglophones et Francophones. Paris, France.
Bush, Melanie E L and Deborah L. Little (2008). Sociological Praxis: Civic Engagement and/or Social Activism. In Critical Sociology/Society for the Study of Social Problems (pp. 22). Boston, MA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2008). Un-Pledging Allegiance: Waking up from the "'American' Dream". In American Sociological Association (pp. 15). Boston, MA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007). The Belly of the Beast: U.S. Empire, National Belonging and Resistance at the Turn of the 21st Century. In Joint International Conference on Globalization: Migration, Citizenship and Identity. (pp. 16). University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007). Young Women Organizing for Voice and Justice. In Society for the Study of Social Problems (pp. 12). New York, NY.
Bush, Roderick D and Bush, Melanie E L (2007). “Twilight Time: White Supremacy, U.S. Hegemony and Historical Capitalism”. In American Sociological Association (ASA) (pp. 20). New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007). Presenter for Workshop: Innovative Teaching Practices for Difficult Subjects. In American Sociological Association (ASA) (pp. 5). New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2007). “The American Dream and Whiteness of Empire” on panel “Shifting Identities.”. In International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry Third International Congress.. University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign,.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007). Keynote presentation. In Women's History Month Student Government Dinner. Adelphi University.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2007). "Theorizing about Poverty and Deconstructing Whiteness“The Cost of Privilege: Working Class Fragmentation.”. In Left Forum 2007. Cooper Union, New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2006). “Academic Freedom: Where do we Stand Today” on panel "Building Just, Diverse and Democratic Communities: The Case of Academic Freedom". In Society for the Study of Social Problems 56th Annual Meeting. Montreal.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2006). “Diversity in the Curriculum: Retrospection in Institutions of Higher Education.” paper presented at Refereed Roundtable on Education and Inequality. In American Sociological Association (ASA) 101st Annual Conference. Montreal.
Bush, M. E. L. (2006). Education for the Common Good. In World Congress of Sociology (pp. na). Durban, South Africa.
Bush, M. E. L. (2006). United Statesians: Nationalism and Empire. In Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.
Bush, M. E. L. (2005). “Intellectual Diversity and the Movement for an Academic Bill of Rights”. In Society for the Study of Social Problems. Philadelphia, PA.
Bush, M. E. L. (2005). “Contested Meanings of Academic Freedom and Diversity”. In American Sociological Association (ASA). Philadelphia, PA.
Bush, Melanie E. L. (2003). “Theorizing Poverty and Wealth. In American Anthropological Association 102nd Annual Conference. Chicago.
Bush, Melanie E L (2015, May). Conversation with the Author: Tensions in the American Dream. Left Forum, New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2014, October). Tensions in the American Dream: Rhetoric, Reverie or Reality. Molloy College Institute for Lifelong Learning, Rockville Center, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2014, August). “Of Elephants and Chameleons: Whiteness in Public Space Today”. (. American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Bush, Melanie E L (2011, October). Everyday Forms of Whiteness: Implications for Higher Education Administrators. Stony Brook University Masters in Higher Education Administration program students.
Bush, Melanie E L (2010, December). Understanding Race in a "Post-Racial" World. Molloy College, MILL Program.
Bush, Melanie E L (2010, October). What does it mean to be "white" today? Adelphi School of Social Work Diversity Series.
Bush, Melanie E L (2010, March). How Things Change as They Stay the Same. Left Forum, Pace University.
Bush, Melanie E L (2008, December). Un-Pledging Allegiance: The US Nation Makes the African Connection. Transnational Africa and Globalization Symposium. Bowdoin College.
Bush, Melanie E L (2008, June). How Do People Become White. How Class Works Conference, SUNY Stonybrook.
Bush, Melanie E L (2008, March). Change Happens on panel Dialectics of Liberation: Praxis for a New Century. Left Forum (Cooper Union, New York City.
Bush, Melanie E L (2008, March). Critical Studies of Whiteness and Racial Inequality Discussant:. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 106th Annual Conference New York City.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007, October). How Change Happens and Why We Resist it… As If We Could.”. The Regional Institute University at Buffalo, State University of New York..
Bush, Melanie E L and Bush, Roderick D (2007, June). "Tensions in the American Dream: The Experience of Asians and Asian Americans". Asian American / Asian Research Institute of the City University of New York. Friday evening Lecture Series New York, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007, May). Discussion of Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness. Brooklyn College School of Education Graduate course: Diversity in the Curriculum, NY.
Bush, Melanie E L (2007, April). Discussion of Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness. Brooklyn College Mental Health Counseling Program, Graduate course on â€œSocial, Linguistic and Cultural Foundations of Counseling. NY.
Honors and Accomplishments
Honors and Accomplishments
Nassau County Legislature Citation for integrity, commitment and outstanding contributions to the community (2015)
New York State Assembly Citation for dedication and commitment to Community (Assemblywoman Solages) 2015
Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition (Kate Murray, Supervisor) (Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman) 2015
U.S. Congressional Achievement Award for Exemplary Achievement (Congressman Meeks) 2015
Sojourner Truth Award for Staying in the Struggle, Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies 2015
Collaboration Project Award of Recognition for outstanding dedication, commitment, contribution and vision, September 2012.
Nominated for the Carnegie Foundation US Professors of the Year Award 2010
CALIBER Elder of the Year Award 2010
Alpha Kappa Alpha Kappa Epsilon Chapter Appreciation Award 2010
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society (Adelphi University Circle) Inductee 2008
AU Women's History Month Recognition Award (Student Government Association and Center for Student Involvement) for Outstanding Leadership, Service, and Commitment to Excellence (one of two recipients) 2008
AU Black History Month Recognition Award (SGA/CSI) 2008
Collaboration Project Certificate of Appreciation for 2007 Annual Coordinator, 2012
Nominated for "Professor of the Year" 2006-07 by Adelphi University students.
Favorite Teacher selected by Brooklyn College Sociology majors of the 2006 graduating class for the Broeklundian Yearbook.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan Minority Business Club. Book of the Month September
2004. Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness. Lanham: Maryland. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Duke University Office of Institutional Equity Book of the Month September 2004. Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness. Lanham: Maryland. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Praxis Award 2003: Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists, Second Prize winner. Recognizing excellence for outstanding achievement in translating knowledge into action successfully demonstrating the effectiveness and relevance of anthropology to contemporary social problems
2015 - American Sociological Association Section on Human Rights. Nominations Committee.
2014-15. Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York (CUNY) Visiting Scholar with the Center for Place, Culture and Politics
Economic Democracy Project, Graduate Center for Worker Education, Brooklyn College, Board Member (2014-
2013. "Exploring Critical Issues" Television Show hosted by President Robert A. Scott, Telecare. Focus on Public Health. November.
2012. "Exploring Critical Issues" Television Show hosted by President Robert A. Scott, Telecare. Focus on Public Health. November.
2012. External Reviewer for grant proposals. St. Joseph's College. November.
2011. "Exploring Critical Issues" Television Show hosted by President Robert A. Scott, Telecare. Focus on Community. November.
2010. Sociologists for Women in Society, Professional Mentor
2010. Owens, Darryl. “This Moment was supposed to better race relations. It hasn’t.” Orlando Sentinel. Quoted by journalist. 18 January. A1, A17.
2010. Association of Black Anthropologists John L Gwaltney Native Anthropology Scholarship, Committee Chairperson
2009. Critical Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Associate Editor.
American Sociological Association Task Force on Academic Freedom and Scientific Integrity, Member, 2007-09
2009. American Anthropological Association Council on Anthropology and Education Mission Committee, Member (term through 2012)
2009. Young, Antonio. “A new era? Area residents discuss state of race relations.” Daily Journal. Cited
as “Expert.” (Kankakee, IL: May 16). Quoted by journalist.
American Anthropological Association (AAA)106th Annual Conference, Council on Anthropology and Education, Invited Session Panel Organizer, Diversity and Power in Higher Education (Washington, D. C. November 2007)
Society for the Study of Social Problems 57th Annual Meeting. Session Organizer and Presider, Human Rights, Social Justice and the Future of Higher Education (New York, August 2007)
2008-current. Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World – A Review Journal. Manchester, England: Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Center, University of Manchester. Editorial Board Member.
WBAI City Watch, Interviewed by William DiFazio about the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, August 2007)
International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry Third International Congress Shifting Identities Panel Chair. University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. May 2007.
American Sociological Association (ASA)
101st Annual Conference: Panel co-organizer with Encarnacion, T. (Howard University)& Discussant International Explorations of Intersectionalityï¿½ sponsored by the Section on Race, Gender and Class (Panel proposal refereed) (Montreal, August 2006)
100th Annual Conference: Panel Co-organizer with Scott, J. (NYU) and Presider Education and Democracy: The Salience of Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 21st Century sponsored by the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (Panel proposal refereed) Philadelphia, August 2005)
Southern Sociological Society (SSS) 69th Annual Meeting: Presider and Discussant, Public Development Policy and Foreign Investment(March 2006, New Orleans)
American Anthropological Association 105th Annual Conference, Discussant, Race, Power, and the Status Quo: Examining Whiteness in Schools.Council on Anthropology and Education. (Panel proposal refereed) (San Jose, CA, November 2006)and 104th Annual Conference, Panel Organizer& Presider, Multiculturalism and "Intellectual Diversity"? The Hidden Agenda of Current Calls for Academic Freedom with scholars from around the U.S. (Panel proposal refereed) (Washington, D.C. 2005)
National Women's Studies Association
Teaching Resources on Racism, White Privilege and Anti-White Supremacy. Three syllabi included. (2006).
Women of Color Caucus Student Paper Awards Reviewer (2005)
American Sociological Association Section on Racial & Ethnic Minorities
Associate Editor, REMarks Newsletter
ASA Section on Race, Class and Gender
Council Member (2005-2006)
Nominated as Chair for 2006.
American Anthropological Association
Council on Anthropology and Education
Chair, Committee on Multicultural
& Multilingual Education, 2005-06;
Invited Manuscript Reviewer:
Journal of World Systems, 2015
Critical Sociology, 2015
Social Currents, 2015
Social Forces, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015
Race, Ethnicity and Education, 2014, 2015
Sociology Compass, 2013
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 2011, 2013
Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 2013
Communications Theory, 2012
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 2011
Transforming Anthropology, 2011, 2012
Journal of Higher Education, Leonard L. Baird, Ed. Columbus Ohio: Ohio State University Press. (2004, 2008)
International Journal of Multicultural Education. Heewon Chang, Ed. Eastern University, St. Davids, PA. 2006
Journal of Race, Gender & Class Special Issue. Anthony Lemelle, Ed. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 2006
Social Forces. Judith Blau Ed. Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina.(2004, 2005)
Social Problems: The Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Amy Wharton, Ed. Washington State University (2006), James A. Holstein, Stephen L. Franzoi and Carol A. Archibold. Eds. Milwaukee: Marquette University (2004-05) (Multiple reviews)
Journal of Higher Education. Leonard L. Baird, Ed. Columbus Ohio: Ohio State University Press. (2004)
The Sociological Quarterly: Official Journal of the Midwest Sociological Society. Peter Kivisto, Ed: Rock Island, Illinois: Augustana College. (2004)
Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York Research Grants in Political Science, and Law and Criminal Justice. Invited Reviewer. (2005, 2006, 2007)
Guest Editor. "Multiculturalism and Higher Education" Special Issue of the Electronic Magazine for Multicultural Education Volume 8. No. 2. Fall 2006.
2012: Pi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Crimson and Cream Week presentation for the "I love USA" program
2011: Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence 25th Anniversary Host Committee member. June.
BRAVO (Brooklyn Asian Voice Organization) Essay Contest Judge
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