Melissa Meinhart, MSW

Ms. Meinhart is a doctoral student at CUSSW and the Project Director for ASPIRE. Her research interests include intervention modalities in the context of forced migration, with a substantive focus on the intersectionality of gendered violence and food insecurity . Ms. Meinhart completed her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work, focusing on international social welfare policy. Her career in social work began while working with streetchildren in Ghana. After returning to the U.S., she was a caseworker and direct-practice researcher for refugee resettlement before spending time at UNICEF focusing on gender-based violence in emergencies – whereby the countries of focus included Chad, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, and South Sudan. Ms. Meinhart has since worked in Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, Zambia, and Iraq. She is currently working to integrate GIS and data mining methods within her ongoing research in the Middle East and Horn of Africa.