Josué Meléndez Rodríguez



Hello, and welcome to my website! I serve as the D-Lab Qualitative Research Lead and Senior Data Science Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. I facilitate and arrange workshops, presentations, and consultations on qualitative research, as well as engage in program development and conduct research. The workshops I facilitate include a primer on qualitative research, an introduction to qualitative research coding, and a 2-part series on MAXQDA, a qualitative data analysis software. The consultations I provide typically focus on selection of methodology, development of coding scheme, and use of software. My research focuses on the intersection of social welfare and higher education, exploring the (1) promotion of well-being among higher education students from historically excluded groups and (2) use of higher education as a tool for the promotion of social well-being beyond academic settings.

I have 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. 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.

I invite you to explore the other sections of my website to learn more about my work and professional interests, and contact me if you have questions, comments, and/or are interested in collaborating.