• B.A., Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Economics; Minors in Applied Mathematics and French
  • M.S., Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) – Economics
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) – Economics; Fields in Political Economy and Development Economics
Areas of Interest

Professor Long is originally from Idaho and received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College, a liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, Utah. She completed her PhD in Economics at Colorado State University in Spring 2019. Her research is in the areas of household finance and gender and feminist economics. She explores the evidence for and causes of systematic inequality in household debt and in access to low-cost consumer credit by race, ethnicity, and gender. Her research also explores the implications of such inequality on households’ financial security, educational outcomes, and labor market choices. Professor Long has taught courses including the Economics of Gender, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Economics, Applied Regression, and the History of Economic Thought.

Courses Taught
  • Principles of Economics
  • History and Philosophy of Economic Thought
  • Economics of Gender
  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics of Inequality
  • Public Finance
  • Local Social Entrepreneurship Seminar
  • First-Year Seminar
Independent Study Advising
  • Michelle Bryant ‘22, “Labor Market Discrimination, Expected Returns & Enrollment in Higher Education for African American Scholars: Evidence from the High School Longitudinal Study”
  • Madi Buckley ‘22, “Barriers to Entry: Do Students’ Perceptions of Economics Contribute to the Underrepresentation of Women and Gender Minorities in the Field?”
  • Shawn Ngwena ‘22, “An Analysis of the Effects of the Rapidly Growing Technology Industry on Income Inequality in the United States”
  • Eraj Sikandar ‘22, “The Effects of Diversity and Inclusion Policies on Business Performance”
  • Noah Clement ‘21, “An Analysis on the Relationship Between Childcare Costs, Fertility and Women Employment”
  • Rita Chiboub ‘21, “Inheritance Rights and Women’s Intrahousehold Bargaining Power: A Case Study of Indonesia”
  • Nasua Labi ‘21, “Pretty Pink Penny: Exploring Consumer Behavior and Gender-Based Price Discrimination”
  • Zachary Schuch ‘21, “An Analysis on Free-to-Play and Premium Games and Their Effects from Positive Network Externalities and Keeping Up With The Joneses Theories”
  • Doris Sun ‘21, “Ripple Effects in Housing Market in China: Have Central Areas Promoted House Prices in Peripheral Areas in Urban Agglomerations?”
  • Efua Hayford ‘20, “Explaining the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity: An Analysis of Farmers’ Land Tenure Security in Rural Ghana.”
  • Yuxuan (Katie) Ke ‘20, “Scanning and Spending: Examining the Impact of Mobile Payment Penetration on the Saving Rate in Contemporary China.”
  • Olivia Maher ‘20, “An Exploration of Changes and the Effectiveness of Gendered Marketing in Young Adult Novels.”
  • Melanie G. Long. “Introduction: Gender, Feminist Pedagogy, and Economics Education.” Review of Political Economy (Symposium: “Bringing a gendered lens to the economics curriculum”). Forthcoming.
  • Melanie G. Long. “Feminist Economics,” “Financial Risk,” and “Corporate Debt,” In Encyclopedia of Post-Keynesian Economics, eds. Louis-Philippe Rochon and Sergio Rossi. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar,
    January 2023.
  • McKenna, Kelly, Levi Altringer, Karen Gebhardt, and Melanie G. Long. “Promoting Meaningful Interaction and Community Development Through Discussion Board Activities in the Online Economics Classroom.” Journal of Educators Online 19.1 (January 2022).
  • Melanie G. Long. “The Relationship Between Debt Aversion and College Enrollment by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity: A Propensity Scoring Approach.” Studies in Higher Education 47.9 (2022): 1808-1826. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1968367
  • Alexandra Bernasek and Melanie G. Long. “Graduating During the Great Recession: The Effects of Student Loan Debt on Early-Career Labor Market Outcomes and Graduate or Professional School Enrollment.” Journal of Economic Issues 55.4 (December 2021): 891-913. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00213624.2021.1982337
  • Melanie G. Long. “Informal Borrowers and Financial Exclusion: The Invisible Unbanked at the Intersections of Race and Gender.” The Review of Black Political Economy 47.4 (December 2020): 363-403. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0034644620938620
  • Melanie G. Long. “Pushed into the Red?: Female-Headed Households and the Pre-Crisis Credit Expansion,” Forum for Social Economics 47.2 (April 2018): 224-236.
  • Melanie G. Long. “Book Review,” Review of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, edited by Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato, Review of Keynesian Economics 5.4 (October 2017): 652-655.
  • Melanie G. Long. “Merchantry, Usury, Villainy: Capitalism’s Threat to Community and Spiritual Integrity in The Merchant of Venice,” Anthropoetics (Open Access) 17.2 (Spring 2012).
  • Five Colleges of Ohio Collaborative Grant, “Supporting DEI Projects in Economics,” with Brooke Krause and Zarrina Juraqulova, 2021 ($5,000)
  • CSU College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate Teaching Category (2019)
  • CSU Department of Economics Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award (2018)
  • CSU Department of Economics Graduate Research Assistantship Award (2017)
  • Westminster College Honors Program Independent Summer Research Grant (2013)