Melendez, Edwin

Edwin Melendez Pic

Edwin Melendez
PhD, Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; 
MA, Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara;
BA, University of Puerto Rico
Professor, Management and Urban Policy


Edwin Meléndez is Professor of Management and Urban Policy at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Meléndez came to United States in 1978 after receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He earned a master's degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and in 1985 received his Ph.D. in that subject from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He began his teaching career at Fordham University in 1984, teaching economics and Puerto Rican studies.

From 1999 to 2004 Dr. Melendez was the Director of the Community Development Research Center at the Milano Graduate School, and from 1992 to 1998 he was the director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston as well as a faculty member in the Economics Department and the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy.  Dr. Meléndez was also an associate professor of political economy and urban studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1986 to 1992.

Dr. Meléndez has worked as a consultant on employment, economic development, job creation, and small business for numerous government, community, and philanthropic foundations.  In his twenty years of experience as principal investigator, he has managed over 35 research, outreach or demonstration projects, and supervised or collaborated with over 60 researchers in projects that resulted in several edited books, special issues of academic journals, and other publications.

Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Seminar in Urban Policy Analysis and Management
  • Economic Analysis
  • Community Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Managerial Economics
Office Location:
Milano, The New School for Management and Ubran Policy
72 5th Ave, 7th Floor
New York, NY  10011
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5400 x1617


Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • Hawley, J. D., D. Sommers, and E. Meléndez, “The Impact of Institutional Collaborations on the Earnings of Adult Workforce Education Completers,” Adult Education Quarterly 56:1 (2005)
  • Meléndez, E., ed., Communities and Workforce Development. Kalamazoo: Upjohn Institute Press, 2004
  • Meléndez, E., L. Falcón, and A. de Montrichard. “Community Colleges and Workforce Development: Lessons from Programs Targeting Welfare Recipients.” New Directions for Community Colleges
  • Hawley, J. D., E. Meléndez, D. Sommers, A. de Montrichard, and N. Pyon, Ohio Higher Skills Partnership Evaluation: A Review of the Development of Partnerships Between Enterprise Ohio
    Network Campuses and Adult Workforce Education Centers. Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Board of Regents, and Governor’s Workforce Policy Board, April 2004
  • Meléndez, E., L. Falcón, and J. Bivens, “Community College Participation in Welfare Programs: Do State Policies Matter?” Community College Journal of Research and Practice 27:3 (2003)

< back