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 co-editor of the recently published Latinos in a Changing Society (Praeger, 2007), and the author or editor of ten books including Communities and Workforce Development (Upjohn Institute: 2004), Working on Jobs: The Center for Employment Training (Boston: Mauricio Gastón Institute,1996), and Hispanics in the Labor Force (Plenum Press,1991).
For over more than twenty years as principal investigator, he has managed over 40 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.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Meléndez came to the 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 economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He began his teaching career at Fordham University in 1984, teaching economics and Puerto Rican studies.