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Melissa A. Alvare, Ph.D.


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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Delaware

M.A., Sociology, University of Delaware

B.A., Sociology, Temple University

Office Hours
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Office Hours by Appointment

Alvaré, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and
Sociology at Monmouth University. Broadly, her research focuses on social
inequalities and initiatives to redress them. Most recently, she conducted
research on racial inequities within schools and a teacher preparation program
designed to prepare culturally responsive educators. Dr. Alvaré’s sociological
work also focuses on gentrification, environmental justice, and collective
action. Her research on gentrification explores how racial dynamics facilitate
inequitable redevelopment and how community activists challenge exclusionary
practices that subordinate long-time residents. She has also facilitated
community-engaged research in Delaware neighborhoods that have long faced environmental

her research, Dr. Alvaré is passionate about teaching sociology and working
with students as the point person for the Department’s Applied Research and
Community Organizing concentration in Sociology.

Research Interests

Social inequality; race & ethnicity; urban sociology; education inequalities; community organizing & social movements; environmental justice

Scholarly Articles

Alvaré, Melissa Archer. 2018. “Addressing Racial Inequalities Within Schools: Exploring the Potential of Teacher Education.” Sociology Compass, 12(10).

Alvaré, Melissa Archer. 2017. “Gentrification and Resistance: Racial Projects in the Neoliberal Order.” Social Justice, 44(2/3), 113-136.