Melanie Monteclaro Pace

Doctoral Student

Education

  • University of Virginia: MA in Religious Studies (anticipated completion date: August 2019); PhD in American Religions (anticipated completion date: 2021)
    • Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality (anticipated completion date: Spring 2019)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Master of Social Work (2011)
    • Research: “Cultural Competence in Addressing Within-Group Diversity in Sexual Minority Adolescents”
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: B.A. in Psychology & Religious Studies, Highest Distinction (2007)

Research Interests

 
I study the development of American spirituality as a resource for personal transformation and political action in the twentieth century.
 
  • Gender & sexuality
  • Feminist spirituality
  • Religion & social reform
  • History of psychology & social work
  • “Spiritual but not religious”
  • Ethnographic approaches

    Teaching

    • Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia
      • Spiritual But Not Religious: Spirituality in America, Spring 2019
      • The Art & Science of Human Flourishing, Fall 2018
      • Spiritual But Not Religious: Spirituality in America, Spring 2018
      • Mormonism and American Culture, Fall 2017

    Selected Professional Work in Higher Education

    • Deans of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, Summer 2018 – Present
      • Research, design, and develop faculty resources on supporting diverse student populations, including LGBQ, transgender, African American, first-generation, and undocumented / DACA students. In partnership with the Deans of Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Arts & Sciences.
    • Take Back the Archive, The Institute for Public History at the University of Virginia, Summer 2017
      • Researched the history of gender-based and anti-rape student activism and advocacy at the University of Virginia from 1950 -present. Expanded digital archive and managed official Twitter account.
    • Confidential Support Team, Stanford University, 2015-2016
      • Worked with student health administrators and service providers to establish and develop new confidential support services for students impacted by sexual assault. Developed operational protocols for crisis hotline and front desk with sensitivity to urgent cases and issues presented by survivors of sexual assault.

    Certifications

    • LGBTQ Safe Space Training at the University of Virginia (Spring 2017)
    • Survivor Support Network at the University of Virginia (Spring 2017)