Melanie Muskin

Adjunct Instructor in Education
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Melanie Muskin explores issues of professional dignity and sustainability for public school teachers. Her academic research is informed by a prior career in New York City schools where she served as a teacher, elementary school assistant principal, director of a citywide research-based professional development initiative, and head of a center-based preschool. Melanie is currently completing her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. She has a Master’s in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University; a Master's in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science from Vassar College where she also earned her initial teaching certificate.

BA, Vassar College; MA, Teachers College at Columbia University
At Vassar since 2023

Research and Academic Interests

  • Teacher Activism
  • Social Movements
  • Professional Dignity
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Participatory Design Research

Departments and Programs


EDUC 235: Issues in Contemporary Education

Selected Publications

  • Muskin, M. (under review). Quitting with a Crowd: An Exploration of Teachers' Resignation Stories on TikTok.
  • Muskin, M. (under review). PK-12 Teacher Sabbatical Leave Policies: A Descriptive Study.
  • Muskin, M. (2022). Educating the Whole Family: Community, Resilience, and Possibility in CUNY’s Campus Child Care System. New York, NY: The City University of New York.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

  • Institute for Education Sciences, Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences Fellowship, 2022-2025
  • Search Institute Summer Scholars Fellowship, 2023
  • Northwestern University Graduate Fellowship, 2021-2022

Awards While Attending Vassar College

  • Elected Phi Beta Kappa: The Nation’s Oldest Academic Honor Society, 2010
  • General Honors and Departmental Honors in Cognitive Science, Vassar College, 2010
  • Distinction on Senior Thesis in Cognitive Science, Vassar College, 2010
  • Edith Glickman Neisser Award for outstanding commitment to child study, 2010
  • Elected Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology, 2009
  • Wendy Rae Breslau Award for engagement with the local community, 2009

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