Melissa Meinhart has a PhD in Social Policy from Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a social science concentration in economics. Dr. Meinhart’s research focuses on the development of methodologies to critically measure and examine the underlying constructs that perpetuate gendered inequities and social discordance in low- and middle-income countries, particularly within humanitarian emergencies. Her career in social work began while working with street children in Ghana. She was a caseworker and direct-practice researcher for refugee resettlement in the United States before focusing her attention on global humanitarian policy and research. In addition to her adjunct teaching positions, Dr. Meinhart works as an independent consultant in humanitarian emergencies across Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the South Pacific.