Head shot of Melissa Marschall
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Director, Center for Local Elections in America Politics
  • Director, Social Policy Analysis Major, School of Social Sciences
  • Rice University

Melissa Marschall serves as both a professor of political science at Rice University and the director of the Kinder Institute's Center for Local Elections in American Politics (LEAP). 

Her research focuses on urban politics, educational policy, political behavior and representation. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters, as well as a book with Mark Schneider and Paul Teske, Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools in 2000. Her current work includes analysis of local election data for LEAP.

She received her Ph.D. in political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1998. She earned her master’s in international relations and political science from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul in 1993 and her bachelor’s in international affairs and German from Florida State University in 1990. View website.