Marie Mora

Degree: Ph.D

Deputy Provost and Economics Professor

Department: Academic Affairs

Marie Mora


Business Diversity/Equity Economics Entrepreneurship Labor Relations Latino Issues Small Business


  • Labor Economics and Social Mobility
  • Hispanic/Latino Economy
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women in Economics and STEM Career Fields


Marie T. Mora, Ph.D., is Deputy Provost and professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A labor economist, she has been invited to share her research expertise on the socioeconomic outcomes of Hispanics/Latinos with institutions and agencies across the country, including the White House and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She is also a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, particularly for Hispanics/Latinos and other traditionally underrepresented minority groups as well as women in economics and STEM, particularly among students and faculty in institutions of higher education.

Mora has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters; two books (the award-winning Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications, with Alberto Dávila, Stanford University Press, and Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes among Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans: La Crisis Boricua, with Dávila and Havidán Rodríguez, Lexington Books); and four co-edited volumes.  She has also been a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on $4 million in externally funded projects, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Among her numerous recognitions are the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from the White House; the 2022 Academic Achievement Award from the American Society of Hispanic Economists; the 2016 Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; and the 2015 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity.

Mora is a founding member and former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.  She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio Branch (for which she received commendation); the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data Users Advisory Committee; the American Economic Association (AEA) Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (including one year as chair); and other national boards and committees.  Moreover, she served seven years as Director of the AEA Mentoring Program—an NSF-funded national program for traditionally underrepresented minority Ph.D. students and new Ph.D. graduates in economics.

Mora earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University and has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in her hometown of Albuquerque.


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