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Melanie Pang, (she/her)


Clinical Assistant Professor

Room: 202 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-9620

Current Résumé


  • MSW, University of Houston, 2012, Specialization in Political Social Work
  • BA, University of Houston, 2010, Communication – Journalism - 2010 Minor: LGBT Studies


Melanie Pang is a queer Asian American Houstonian and serves as a clinical assistant professor and field faculty liaison at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. Previously, she served as Director of Advocacy and Government Relations Officer of the Houston Food Bank, Manager of Emergency Services for the Salvation Army of Greater Houston throughout Hurricane Harvey, and for the past 10 years, Melanie has worked in social service organizations across the Greater Houston area that aim to provide assistance and relief to people suffering through trauma and loss due to racism and system-related gaps resulting in harm to the environment, immigrants, people affected by foster care, as well as people experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty.

In 2021, she became a part of the inaugural class of the Ukombozi Fellowship, developed by The Race Equity Leadership and Research Collective. Her current focus on racial equity has shifted her energy from social service provision to abolition and further refining the practice of courageous, inclusive dialogue. With a strong belief in collective capacity for change, she works to reduce harm through advocacy for equitable public policy and uplifts imagination and empathy to inspire action, micro to macro, toward a world of abundance and belonging for all. 

When she's not busy facilitating a class, talking about field, or grading, she loves spending time at the gym or outdoors with her wife, Kendall, and two dogs, Honey and Pepe.


Social Policy Analysis – Spring 2022