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Edwin Meléndez is a Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College and the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.  He has conducted considerable research in the areas of Puerto Rican and Latino studies, economic development, labor markets, and poverty. In addition to close to a hundred scientific papers and other academic publications, he is the author or editor of thirteen books including State of Puerto Ricans, 2017 (Centro Press, 2017), Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium (Centro Press, 2014) and Latinos in a Changing Society (Praeger, 2007).  In addition, he has served as invited Editor for “Puerto Rico in Crisis,” Centro XXX (3) 2018, “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. Among other local and national organizations, he was a member of the Boston School Committee and Chair of its Curriculum and Operations Sub-Committee,  the Chair of the ASPIRA Association National Board, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of UnidosUS (National Council of la Raza), the New York Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission, and serves at the Executive Committee of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Agenda, and the National Advisory Board of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

In addition to numerous academic awards and scholarships, Dr. Edwin Meléndez won the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2019 Edward Blakely Award for support to social justice, urban planning, and development for communities of color. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Advocate Award from Somos El Futuro and the New York State Assembly and Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force; the 2016 Honoree of Distinction from the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, NY Chapter; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the New York League of Puerto Rican Women; the 2010 Educational Leadership Honoree from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; and, the 2009 El Diario El Awards.

Dr. Meléndez has worked as a consultant on employment, economic development, job creation, and small business for numerous government, community, and philanthropic foundations. In over thirty-five years of experience as principal investigator, he has managed numerous research, outreach or demonstration projects that resulted in several edited books, special issues of academic journals, and other publications.

Dr. Melendez’s research and other projects have been sponsored, among others, by the Altman, Boston, Casey, Chase Manhattan, Fannie Mae, Ford, MacArthur, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Russell Sage foundations; the New York Community Trust, Puerto Rico Community Foundation, Social Science Research Council, National Research Council, Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Brookings Institution; the U.S. departments of Education (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, FIPSE), Labor (Glass Ceiling Commission, Employment and Training Administration), Housing and Urban Development; and, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Office of Economic Affairs), and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States).

Prior to his current appointment, Professor Melendez served as Professor of Management and Urban Policy and Director of the Community Development Research Center (CDRC) at Milano, The New School of Management and Urban Policy; Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts; Associate Professor of Political Economy and Urban Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and, Assistant Professor of Economics and Puerto Rican Studies at Fordham University.

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Selected Publications
List of Edwin Melendez’s selected publications by type, includes dates and publishers. Please contact Professor Melendez at Edwin.Melendez@hunter.cuny.edu for copies of publications.

Summary of Selected Publications
Annotated bibliography of a selection of Edwin Melendez’s publications and professional reports.

Summary of Selected Teaching Experience
Throughout his academic career Dr. Meléndez has promoted a broad range of educational activities germane to the mission of public higher education, including the mentoring and advising of doctoral, master, and undergraduate students; the design of on-line courses; the use of client-based teaching for professional training; and the implementation of professional development programming. Find out more about doctoral, masters and undergraduate courses taught and Supervised Ph.D. Dissertations. Please contact Professor Melendez at Edwin.Melendez@hunter.cuny.edu for copies of syllabi.