Melissa Gilliam is the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics.
As Vice Provost, Melissa lead efforts around faculty development and institutional diversity. She oversees leadership and academic development for department chairs and faculty at each academic rank, directs activities to increase accountability and measurable progress in creating a diverse and inclusive campus, and provides infrastructure and training in the recruitment and retention of faculty, including management of the Neubauer Family Assistant Professors program. Melissa also oversees both the Center for Identity and Inclusion and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.
Melissa is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. In November 2012, she launched The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago. Ci3's research uses games, narrative, and design to advance knowledge, develop interventions, and inform policies on the sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of diverse adolescents.
Melissa's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, and others. She currently serves on the National Advisory Child Health Development Council of the National Institutes of Health. Melissa has a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University, a master's degree in philosophy and politics from Oxford University, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.