Josué Meléndez Rodríguez





I’m a Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where I also serve as the D-Lab Qualitative Research Lead. I’ve designed an interdisciplinary program of study that allows for engagement with my own program in the School of Social Welfare and the program in Critical Studies in Race, Class, and Gender (formerly Social and Cultural Studies) in the Graduate School of Education, as well as others programs throughout the university, such as the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and Program in Critical Theory. My studies focus on social wellbeing in and through higher education. The goal of my research and teaching is to further understandings about and contribute to the fight against social injustice.

Prior to beginning doctoral studies, I earned two graduate degrees from Michigan State University: a Master of Arts in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, and a Master of Social Work in Organizational and Community Practice (now Organizational and Community Leadership). My undergraduate studies in Social Work were completed at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to my academic training, I have over ten years of practice experience in education, community, and healthcare institutions in both the public and nonprofit sectors.

This website is meant to introduce me as a developing scholar. I invite you to explore the available content, keeping in mind that information will be updated as I develop my scholarship.