Dr. Mark Melnik is the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute. He specializes in demographic, socio-economic, and labor market issues. Before joining the Institute, Dr. Melnik worked as deputy director for research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority where he led research teams on demographic and economic research studies as well as analyses used for public policy advisement and decision making with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the City of Boston. Prior to his work at the BRA, Dr. Melnik worked as a research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. He also has extensive teaching experience in urban sociology, statistics, and research methods.
Dr. Melnik holds a doctorate of philosophy in sociology from Northeastern University. His dissertation explored skill and credential mismatches in the greater Boston labor market. He received his master's of arts from Northeastern University and his bachelor's of arts from Youngstown State University, both in sociology.