Academics: Faculty

Monica L. Melton, Ph.D.

Phone: (404) 270- 5667

Monica L. Melton, Ph.D., is assistant professor of women’s studies in the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College. She provides research and leadership for the global women’s health project which includes a women’s health concentration for women’s studies majors.

Melton received her Ph.D. in comparative studies and a Master’s degree in women’s studies from Florida Atlantic University; and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Her interdisciplinary graduate training focused on the following areas: epidemiology of race/gender/health, public health policy political economy, sustainability, and global inequalities.

Melton’s scholarly research, activism, and public presentations are located at the intersection of feminist health, Black feminism, and the political economy of race, class, gender, public policy and health (the social determinants of health). Melton’s research interests include HIV/AIDS prevention and African American women, the global HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa and the Diaspora, and Black women’s health disparities in the U.S.

Dr. Melton has published several articles. Her scholarship includes “Positive Perspectives on Prevention: Southern Women’s Voices on HIV/AIDS” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007) and “Black Women, Progress and Change” (Bodighera Press, Inc, 2006). She’s the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 National Black Studies Council Cutting Edge Gender Research Grant, the 2009 UNCF/Mellon grant for an international faculty institute on “The Community Confronts HIV/AIDS: Cultural Responses To Social and Political Policy” in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, she received the prestigious 2005 National Women’s Studies Association ABAFAZI essay award, “HIV/AIDS Social Drama: Act III Black Women the Face of HIV.”

Currently, Dr. Melton is working on a multidisciplinary project interested in the possibility of new strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention. She is exploring questions of gender, race, stigma, and the community on HIV/AIDS prevention.