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Melanie Reed


Tufts GBA Faculty Melanie Reed


Melanie Reed lectures in the Masters of Global Business Administration program on the topic of global political economy, approaching the topic from the combined perspectives of international relations and international law. She practiced law for several years in Washington, DC, focusing on issues of international trade, business corruption, and political law. She then went to the Anti-Corruption Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, where she assisted OECD Working Group on Bribery countries to improve their enforcement of laws prohibiting bribery in connection with international business. Deciding she wanted to study the forces affecting international business more deeply, she returned to the United States to do doctoral work at The Fletcher School, where her research focused on the evolution of international business norms regarding corruption.

Reed has a range of teaching experience at the university level, having taught or lectured courses in international trade law, international law, international human rights law, global political economy, conflicts of law, and legislation. Reed spent the 2018–2019 academic year at Dar Al-Hekma University in Saudi Arabia, where she chaired the department of law and international diplomacy and set up the first bachelor’s level program in international relations on the Arabian Peninsula.

Reed regularly consults regarding issues of corruption and business compliance. Some of her clients have included the OECD, Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway), International Law and Policy Institute (Norway), Transparency International (UK), GAN Integrity (US), GES Investment (Sweden), and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (US). She currently works as compliance expert at Welthungerhilfe, a German NGO focused on alleviating hunger and poverty in the developing world.

She holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a J.D., summa cum laude from Brigham Young University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.