Melanie Kruvelis


Masters student at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

I’m a graduate student, researcher, and organizer in New York City. Currently, I am working on my master’s degree in Labor Studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. Before coming to SLU, I led legislative campaigns on free college, student homelessness, and ending student debt across New York.


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, High Honors (2010-2014)

City University of New York, School of Labor and Urban Studies: Masters of Arts in Labor Studies (2021-2023)

Academic Interests

Higher education and the labor movement, public budgets, federalism


Kruvelis, Melanie. “‘I Know What’s at Stake:’ How Homelessness Impacts College Success in New York City.” Young Invincibles. New York City, NY. November 2019.

Siaca Curry, Jennifer, Melanie Kruvelis, Judith Lorimer, Marissa Martin, and LaKisha Williams. “A Blueprint for Collective Action on Postsecondary Access and Success in New York City.” #DegreesNYC. New York City, NY. January 2019.

Berman, Judy, PhD and Melanie Kruvelis. “Improving Job Quality for the Early Education Workforce.” Working Poor Families Project. Washington, DC. Fall 2017. 

Shaw, Elyse and Melanie Kruvelis. “The Consequences of Inequality,” State of the World Population 2017. United Nation Population Fund. Montreal, Canada. October 2017.

Kruvelis, Melanie, Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, and Barbara Gault, PhD. “Single Mothers in College: Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment,” Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, DC. September 2017.

Anderson, Julie, Jessica Milli, PhD, and Melanie Kruvelis. “Projected Year the Wage Gap Will Close by State,” Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, DC. March 2017.