Melanie is originally from Nampa, Idaho, and received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College, a small liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an undergraduate, Melanie had a variety of academic and professional experiences, from working as assistant director of the campus writing center to serving as an intern at the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. She began the economics PhD program at Colorado State University after graduating from Westminster. Her research is primarily in gender economics and household credit use, although she also has interests in methodology and the history of economic thought.


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

“2008 financial crisis still seems like only yesterday for single women,” The Conversation (April 19, 2018).

“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 17.2 (2012).


  • ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics


    This course introduces students to foundational concepts in microeconomics including market structure, consumer and producer theory, and selected applications of economic analysis.

  • ECON 211: Gender in the Economy


    This interdisciplinary course explores the many ways in which gender influences the economy and applies a gender lens to critically compare schools of economic thought.