ANU Centre for European Studies
Research School of Humanities & the Arts
College of Arts and Social Sciences
Phone: +61 2 6125 1409
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts- Literatures in English (University of the West Indies), Master of Arts-Specialising in English Literature (Australian National University), Graduate Diploma in Education (University of New South Wales).
Short biography: Melissa is from Trinidad and Tobago, where she did her undergraduate degree in Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies. During her time in the Caribbean she worked as a Radio News Presenter & Features Writer, Public Relations Officer (Music Entertainment Industry) and as a Teacher at a Canadian International School. Melissa migrated to Australia in 2007 to pursue her Master of Arts at the Australian National University and was granted an ANU Senior Residential Scholarship, where she managed the International Student Portfolio for an ANU Residential College (Bruce Hall). In 2009 she moved to Sydney and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Education for Secondary School Teaching- specialising in English and English as a Second Language (ESL). Melissa is currently doing her PhD in the field of Interdisciplinary Cross Cultural Research- examining how cultural identity is represented in post-colonial literature and taught in Education, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Melissa currently works at Macquaire University as a Research Officer in the field of Education.
Research Interests: Post-colonial literature and theories in Education, Education (curriculum design, pedagogy, learning strategies), cross cultural studies and identity.