Elizabeth M. Melton, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth M. Melton, Ph.D. is the American Council of Learned Societies and the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life. Elizabeth is a scholar and playwright whose work is dedicated to understanding race and identity in Texas. She combines critical ethnography with performance methods to reach audiences that would not typically encounter academic research. Her anti-racist play, Unpacking Longview, uses oral history performance, storytelling, and the trope of the fool to address her legacies of whiteness and the process of public school desegregation in her East Texas hometown. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University.


1. Live webinar

2. Custom consultation

  • Oral history and narrative research project design
  • Interviewing techniques and skills
  • Archive Curation
  • Religious diversity and anti-racism
  • Religious diversity in Texas


Sold By: Institute for Diversity and Civic Life


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Hire experts from the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life to serve as keynote speakers and panelists for online events, lead a workshop, or advise on an initiative. IDCL offers consulting services in two main areas: 1. oral history and narrative research project design and implementation, which includes archive curation and interviewing techniques and skills, and 2. religious diversity and civic life in Texas. All fees benefit the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life, a non-profit organization with a mission to create more inclusive public spaces through storytelling, research, and education.

IDCL is on a mission to expand civic imaginations and build bridges across differences through storytelling, research, and education. Our programs harness the power of stories to transform. We create platforms to amplify underrepresented voices, empower Texans to tell their stories on their own terms and in more nuanced ways, and diversify the historical record. Our programs bridge academic and public conversations, cultivate conversations about belonging and recognition, and facilitate collaboration across communities. Our work is also rooted in commitments to anti-oppression and anti-racism.

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