Melissa Arnold Lyon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. She studies the political economy of education with a focus on inequality, federalism, and teacher politics and policy. Melissa's current research centers around teacher unionization and teacher labor markets. She has also written about urban politics and education, philanthropies, education governance, teacher support, and teacher politics.

Melissa is a quantitative social scientist who works at the intersection of education policy, political science, and labor economics. She aims to contribute and share new knowledge that reflects and responds to the needs of policymakers, teachers, and families, particularly those that have been marginalized by educational systems.

Publicly Available Working Papers

Heroes, Villains, or Something In Between? How “Right to Work” Policies Affect Teachers, Students, and Education Policymaking

Design Philanthropy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Evolution of Philanthropic Giving

Sustaining a Sense of Success: The Importance of Teacher Working Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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