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Melissa A. Alvare, Ph.D.

  • Lecturer

Department: Political Science and Sociology

Office: Bey Hall 234

Office Hours: Fall 2021
Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am – ZOOM
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm
Thursday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Phone: 732-263-5304

Email: malvare@monmouth.edu


Melissa 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 racism.

Beyond 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.

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Delaware

M.A., Sociology, University of Delaware

B.A., Sociology, Temple University

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.

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2022 Summer E

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101

2022 Spring

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Practicum in Applied Social Research – SO 307
  • Race and Ethnicity – GS 252, SO 252

2021 Fall

2021 Summer B

2021 Summer A

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101

2021 Spring

  • Introduction to Social Justice – PS 107, SO 107
  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Practicum in Applied Social Research – SO 307

2020 Fall

  • Introduction to Gender Studies – GS 225, SO 225
  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Principles of Community Organizing – SO 207

2020 Summer D

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101

2020 Summer B

2020 Spring

  • Introduction to Social Justice – PS 107, SO 107
  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Practicum in Applied Social Research – SO 307

2019 Fall

  • Introduction to Social Justice – SO 107, PS 107
  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Principles of Community Organizing – SO 207

Frequently Taught Classes