Dr. Melanie H. Ram

Associate Professor
Ph.D. The George Washington University

Melanie Ram

Office: McKee Fisk 210

Phone: 559-278-5324

E-mail: meram@csufresno.edu

Dr. Ram’s research focuses on various aspects of minority rights in Europe. She has explored the European Union influence on governments, minority groups, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. On the flip side, she has also investigated the role of transnational advocacy networks and other factors in international organization policy-making. A substantial focus of her work is the Roma (Gypsy) minority.  Prior to her current postition, Dr. Ram also worked for many years in international development as an advisor and coordinator on U.S. foreign aid policy with the Washington, DC office of the Government of Japan’s technical assistance aid agency.

Dr. Ram currently teaches undergraduate courses in International Politics (PLSI 120), International Law and Organization (PLSI 126), and the Politics of International Development (PLSI 122). In the International Relations M.A. program, she teaches the core course on Politics and Values (PLSI 210) with a focus on “Democracy and Human Rights” and an elective course on research and writing on international relations (PLSI 270).

Dr. Ram's CV.

Select Articles:

"International Policy and Roma Education in Europe: Essential Inputs or Centralized Distractions?"  Inclusion and Education Rights of Roma Children.  Special Issue of the Alberta Journal of Education Research, 61, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 465 - 483. 

"Europeanized Hypocrisy: Roma Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe,"Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 13, no. 3 (2014): 15-44.

"European Integration, Migration and Representation: The Case of Roma in France," Ethnopolitics 13, no. 3 (May 2013): 203 - 224.

"Legacies of EU Conditionality: Explaining Post-Accession Adherence to
Pre-Accession Rules on Roma."Europe-Asia Studies 64, no. 7(2012): 1191-1218.

"Lost in Transition?  Europeanization and the Roma."  L'Europe en Formation 364(Summer 2012): 417-434.

"Roma Advocacy and EU Conditionality: Not One without the Other?" Comparative European Politics 9 (March 2011): 217 - 241.

"Interests, Norms and Advocacy: Explaining the Emergence of the Roma onto the EU's Agenda."Ethnopolitics 9, no. 2 (June 2010).

"Romania: From Laggard to Leader?"  In Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Bernd Rechel (New York: Routledge 2009).

"The Roma" in Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Bernd Rechel (New York: Routledge 2009) (with P. Vermeersch).

"Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Roma: Assessing the Impact of EU Enlargement" published in Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy 3(November 2007): 491-514.

"Democratization Through European Integration: The Case of Minority Rights in the Czech Republic and Romania" published in Studies in Comparative International Development 38(Summer 2003): 28 - 56.

"Minority Relations in Multiethnic Societies: Assessing the European Union Factor in Romania."  Romanian Journal of Society and Politics 1, no. 2, special issue, "Romania and the European Union" (Nov. 2001):63-90.

Book Review

"Who Speaks For Roma? Political Representation of a Transnational Minority Community."  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39, no. 1 (2013): 180-181.