MelanieKlein.jpgMelanie Klein, MA

Melanie Klein is a professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. She earned her BA in Sociology from California State University, Northridge in 2003. Her areas of interest and expertise include pop culture, consumerism, intersectionality, power & privilege, social movements and social justice, body image and standards of beauty as well as media literacy.

In recent years, she has applied this critical sociological and feminist lens to the realm of contemporary yoga culture. She is the co-editor of  Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest - Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llwellyn, 2016) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Yoga & the Body: An Intersectional Analysis of Contemporary Body Politics, Mindfulness & Embodied Social Change with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).

She has worked with the new citizen journalists of the LA Academy of Global Girl Media and the peer-educators of J.A.D.E (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) on ways to tap into the power of their own voice. She is an expert contributor in the areas of media literacy and body image issues for Proud2Bme, a NEDA project and the co-coordinator of Women, Action + Media Los Angeles (WAM! Los Angeles). ​