Our Staff

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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 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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Emma Tomingas-Hatch

Graduate Coordinator


Emma Tomingas-Hatch is the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Public Policy Program. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in Folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Emma works part-time for the MPP and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.