Contact Us


Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587

Coeur d'Alene

Dr. Paul Gathercoal
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3080
(208) 885-5707

Dr. Anne Kern
College of Education
University of Idaho
Coeur d' Alene Center
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814-5497
(208) 292-1402


Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587
Email: teached@uidaho.edu

Melanie Brooks

Dr. Melanie C. Brooks

Office: Suite 440
Phone: (208)-364-4019
Email: mcbrooks@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 322 E. Front Street, Suite 440

Boise, Idaho 83702

College of Education
Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership & Counseling
Assistant Professor

Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
Campus Locations: Boise Campus | Water Center

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Educational leadership
    • Religion and education
    • Education and conflict
    • Qualitative methodology
  • Biography
    Melanie C. Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Leadership and Counseling at the University of Idaho. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and holds a Ph.D. in Socio-cultural International Development Education Studies from Florida State University. Dr. Brooks began her career as a high school teacher and a librarian. She also has experience coordinating international education programs for students and teachers. She has conducted research in Egypt, Thailand, the Philippines and the United States using sociological theories as a way to understand issues related to religion and conflict in education. Her work is published in Educational Policy, Etc: A Review of General Semantics, International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership and has forthcoming articles in Religion & Education, Teachers College Record, Planning and Changing, and Educational Management Administration & Leadership.
  • Selected Publications
    • Brooks, J.S. & Brooks, M.C. (in press). What can school leaders do about violence in schools? Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
    • Brooks, M.C. (in press). School principals in Southern Thailand: Exploring trust with community leaders during conflict. Educational Management Administration & Leadership.
    • Brooks, J.S., Arnold, W.N., & Brooks, M.C. (in press). Educational leadership and racism: Second-generation segregation in an urban high school. Teachers College Record.
    • Brooks, M.C. & Sungtong, E. (in press). Education in Southern Thailand: Exploring How School Principals Mitigate Drivers of Fragility. Planning & Changing.
    • Brooks, M.C. (in press). A Muslim teacher’s experience of fit in American and Islamic schools: Leadership matters. Religion & Education.
    • Brooks, M.C. (2010). An American teaching in Cairo: Exploring cross-cultural issues of gender, social class, religion, and interpersonal relationships in an urban center. International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership, 4(1). 44-58.
    • Brooks, M.C. (2010). Religious conversion to Islam and its influence on workplace relationships in American and Egyptian schools: A case study. Educational Policy, 24, 83-109.
    • Brooks, M.C. (2008). Hegemony. In E. Provenzo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
    • Brooks, J.S., Hughes, R., & Brooks, M.C. (2008). Fear and trembling in the American high school: Educational reform and teacher alienation. Educational Policy, 22(45),45-62.

  • Research Projects

    Principals as Peacemakers: The role of educational leadership in stabilizing Thailand’s southernmost provinces. This study explores schooling in areas of violent conflict, with Southern Thailand’s separatist violence providing a unique context in which to explore the role leadership plays when moderated by two specific contextual dimensions: violent conflict of a separatist movement and the tension of ethno-religious difference. These inter-cultural differences play a central role in Thai school leadership, whether the principal is a Thai Buddhist or Thai Muslim. This ongoing project seeks to explore how government school leaders go about their work despite the threat of violence, which will help us better understand the work of school leaders in areas troubled by violent conflict, ultimately calling for a rethinking of the skills and attitudes needed to lead schools in areas of conflict.

    Exploring the development of American-Muslim Identity.
    This research project explores what an exemplary Islamic school is like while also seeking to better understand how the school develops an American Muslim identity in its students.

  • Outreach Projects
    Building global partnerships to improve the human condition through professional development. This June 1-14, 2013 faculty training program at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo provided seven teacher training workshops at the Center for Excellency in Teaching. Topics were chosen in consultation with University of Pristina faculty and included: (1) action research; (2) teaching methodology; (3) instructional leadership, and (4) graduate student mentorship. In addition to the workshops, I am continuing to identify new more sustainable long-term funded partnerships to work together to troubleshoot university reform concerns, as the university is seeking to meet guidelines for new Ministry of Education initiatives.

    Global partnerships to promote multicultural education.
    This teacher-training workshop was held in June 2012 in Pattani, Thailand. The workshop focused on integrating multicultural teaching strategies into the K-12 curriculum.

Melanie's Links

"Not everything that counts can be measured, and not everything that can be measured counts." Albert Einstein