Melanie RAM  

Country of residence

United States

Brief introduction

Assistant Professor, & Director, International Relations M.A. Program, California State University, Fresno


Ph.D. Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics), 1999, The George Washington University

Academic profile

My research focuses on the relationship and interaction between international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and domestic politics in Europe, especially in regards to minority rights.  My recent work focuses on national and EU law and policies regarding and affecting the Roma, and the role of NGOs in shaping such policies.  With an initial focus of my field research on EU policy towards candidate countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Romania and the Czech Republic in particular), my current work focuses on both “old” and “new” Member States.  My work on EU conditionality, democratization, minority rights in Europe, anti-discrimination legislation, and transnational advocacy networks, among other issues, has been published in numerous journal articles and book chapters.


  • “Roma Advocacy and EU Conditionality: Not One without the Other?” Comparative European Politics 9, no. 2 (March 2011): 217-241.
  • “Interests, Norms, and Advocacy: Explaining the Emergence of the Roma onto the EU’s Agenda,” Ethnopolitics 9, no. 2 (June 2010): 197-217.
  • “Democratization through European Integration: The Case of Minority Rights in the Czech Republic and Romania.”  Studies in Comparative International Development 38, no. 2 (summer 2003): 28-56.


NGOs, transnational advocacy networks, minority rights, EU conditionality/Roma policy/law

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