Dr. Marie T. Mora is Professor of Economics at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Director of the American Economic Association (AEA) Mentoring Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and is a founding member and former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists.
A labor economist, Dr. Mora has been invited to share her expertise on labor market and other socioeconomic outcomes of Hispanics/Latinos, other minorities, and women at institutions and agencies across the country, including the White House and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Along with numerous journal articles and book chapters, her publications include two coauthored books (Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes among Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans: La Crisis Boricua, Lexington Books 2017, with Alberto Dávila and Havidán Rodríguez; and the award-winning Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications, Stanford University Press 2013, with Alberto Dávila), and three co-edited volumes. Dr. Mora has named a Top 75 Economics Influencer to Follow by FocusEconomics, and was recently featured on the international podcast Economic Rockstar. She has also been quoted in various local and national media outlets, including Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Mora’s recent honors include the Outstanding Service Award by the American Society of Hispanic Economists; the inaugural Impactful Mentor Award by the AEA Mentoring Program; Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award by INSIGHT into Diversity; Outstanding Support for Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; Cesar Estrada Chavez Award by the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity; and Distinguished Alumnus by the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Mora, who has worked in higher education for nearly a quarter of a century, earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University, and her bachelors and master’s degrees in Economics from the University of New Mexico.