Melissa F. Weiner
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Weiner’s research and teaching focuses on racial policies in the U.S., particularly those relating to education, and race-based social protest. In addition to researching these topics, she has worked with the Institute on Race and Poverty (University of Minnesota Law School) writing on policy issues related to housing, transportation, jobs, education, public discourse, and school integration, some of which were presented at the United Nation’s World Conference Against Racism in Darfur. She also worked as a policy writer on Ralph Remington’s Campaign for Ward 10 City Councilman, extensively with Progressive Minnesota (now MNPAC), particularly on their Living Wage campaign, as a Big Sister (Big Brothers Big Sisters with Jewish Family & Children’s Services), and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. She is the founder and executive director of Brighter World Books, a nonprofit that works with teachers and principals of South African Schools to fill their libraries.