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Melissa Binder

Director of the MPP and Associate Professor of Economics


Melissa Binder has been a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico since 1995 and the Director of the MPP since its inception in 2017. Her research and policy interests include labor market and educational equity, and among her publications are analyses of the motherhood wage gap, gender equity in faculty pay, and the socio-economic achievement gap in higher education. Dr. Binder founded and now directs the UNM Evaluation Lab, the goal of which is to train community evaluators and spread evaluation capacity to nonprofits throughout New Mexico.  

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Shoshana Handel

Graduate Program Coordinator

Shoshana Handel is the Graduate Coordinator for both the MPP and the Sociology Graduate programs. She also provides administrative support for the Graduate Certificate in Race & Social Justice. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American History from the University of New Mexico.  In addition to her job duties she is a non-degree graduate student with a passion for women’s history.