Melissa is a lecturer at the University of Leicester having initially joined the Law School as a Teaching Fellow in 2015. Melissa obtained her PhD at the University of Manchester and her PhD research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Her research explores how the lens of human rights provides a new perspective on drug control and points towards different ways of regulating drug consumption. Currently, Melissa teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology on the undergraduate programme. Melissa has completed the Aurora Women’s Leadership development programme and she is an active member of the Athena Swan Steering group in the Law School. Melissa is the Student Engagement Lead for the student law societies, the Academic Liaison Officer for the Leicester University Law Society (LULS) and she is an Academic Advisor for the Student Law Review.