Marie Mora receives the 2022 Academic Excellence Award from the American Society of Hispanic Economists – UMSL Daily


Maria Mora received the 2022 Academic Excellence Award from the American Society of Hispanic Economists. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Mary Mora is a founding member of the American Society of Hispanic Economistsand she served as president of the organization when it established an award for academic excellence to recognize members’ impact on research and scholarship.

Mora, now Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of economy to University of Missouri-St. Louisdid not expect to ever receive recognition for his own work.

She was therefore taken by surprise when she received an e-mail informing her that she had been chosen as 2022 recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. It was presented to him on January 7 at the ASHE business meeting at Allied Social Science Association meetings – the annual conference of the American Economic Association – which was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was a huge honor,” Mora said. “I am very happy and honored to have been selected, especially given the caliber and significant impact of previous recipients. ”

The award selection committee includes some of the award’s previous recipients since it was first presented in 2008.

Mora doesn’t know who named her, but her credentials are easily recognizable. She has studied and written extensively on the labor market outcomes of Hispanics in the United States for over 25 years. Specifically, she focuses on Hispanic entrepreneurship, educational attainment, income gaps, and the effect of English proficiency on socioeconomic outcomes, and she has received over $4 million in external grants as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator since 2006.

His work has been published in over 55 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including in outlets such as the “American Economic Review P&P,” “industrial relations,” “Journal of Population Economics,” “Social Sciences Quarterly” and “International Migration Review.”

Of the books she co-edited or co-wrote, “Hispanic entrepreneurs in the 2000s: an economic profile and policy implicationspublished by Stanford University Press, received the 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award.

More recently, Mora has written about Puerto Rico’s severe economic crisis and net emigration, most notably in his co-edited book “Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: disaster, vulnerability and resilience», published by Lexington Books last October.

Mora was also invited to share her research expertise with the White House Initiative on Excellence in Education for Hispanicsthe White House Council of Economic Advisersthe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Systemthe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and other Federal Reserve district banksand the US Department of Laboramong other agencies and institutions.

She is currently the lead co-PI working on the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant that UMSL received in 2020 aimed at making organizational changes to address gender equity and better recruit and retain women – especially women of color – in STEM and social and behavioral sciences faculty positions. .

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