University of Colorado Boulder
Melissa Villarreal grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended Texas A&M University at College Station where she received a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2016. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Sociology.
Villarreal is interested in gender dynamics in the disaster cycle and particularly in the ways women experience unique challenges during disasters and disaster recovery. She is currently working on an article exploring how the perceived role of women during disasters influence their experience.