• B.A., Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah) –Economics, Applied Mathematics, and French
  • M.S., Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) –Economics
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) –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.

Areas of Interest

  • Gender and Feminist Economics
  • Financial Exclusion
  • Household Debt
  • Political Economy of Inequality
Courses Taught
  • Principles of Economics
  • History and Philosophy of Economic Thought
  • Economics of Gender
  • Applied Regression
  • Quantitative Methods

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. Forthcoming (2020).

“The Relationship Between Informal Borrowing and Financial Exclusion: Locating the Invisible Unbanked at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class.” The Review of Black Political Economy. Forthcoming (2020). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0034644620938620

“Pushed into the Red?: Female-Headed Households and the Pre-Crisis Credit Expansion,” Forum for Social Economics 47.2 (April 2018): 224-236.

“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.

“Merchantry, Usury, Villainy: Capitalism’s Threat to Community and Spiritual Integrity in The Merchant of Venice,” Anthropoetics (Open Access) 17.2 (Spring 2012).

  • 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)