Edgardo Meléndez earned his PH.D. in Political Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1985. He also has a M. Phil. in Political Science from the City University of New York (1981) and a B.A. in the Social Sciences University of Puerto Rico (1976).
Prof. Melendez was a Full Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. He has also taught at the University of Connecticut-Storrs, Lehman College-CUNY, and City College-CUNY, among other colleges.
His publications include Puerto Rican Government and Politics: A Comprehensive Bibliography (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000, awarded the 2000 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine); Partidos, política pública y status en Puerto Rico (Ediciones Nueva Aurora, 1998); Puerto Rico en "Patria" (Editorial Edil, 1996); Movimiento anexionista en Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico Press, 1993); Colonial Dilemma: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Puerto Rico, co-edited with Edwin Meléndez(South End Press, 1993); and Puerto Rico's Statehood Movement (Greenwood Press, 1988).
He has also been published in academic journals like Centro Journal (Center for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY); Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Puerto Rico); Revista de Administración Pública de Puerto Rico; Homines (Puerto Rico); Caribbean Studies; and Radical America, among others.
He is currently writing a book on Puerto Rican Migration and Politics in Puerto Rico and the United States, 1940-1950.
His academic and research interests include Puerto Rican and Latino Politics in the United States, and Politics in Puerto Rico.