Faculty Bio: Edwin Meléndez

Edwin Melendez Hunter Bio

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Latino studies, economic development, labor markets, poverty

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Ph.D. in Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. in Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara


Edwin Meléndez is a Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. He has conducted considerable research in the areas of Latino studies, economic development, labor markets, and poverty. In addition to numerous scientific papers and other publications, he is the author or editor of ten books including Latinos in a Changing Society (Praeger, 2007) and Communities and Workforce Development (Upjohn Institute: 2004). In addition, he has served as invited Editor for “Pathways to Economic Opportunity,” Centro XXIII (2), 2011, and other Special Issues on Radical America (1989), Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences (1992), Latino Studies Journal (1993), and the New England Journal of Public Policy (1997).

Professor Melendez has an extensive record of community and public service, including numerous appointments to government and community boards. He is presently on the National Advisory Board of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey and participates in the Workforce Development Advisory Board of the Hispanic Federation of New York. As an active member of the policy community in New York City, he has served on a number of commissions and boards that address labor and employment opportunities.