M. Anne Visser

 M. Anne  Visser


  • Assistant Professor
  • Community and Regional Development

Research Interests: The informal economy, low wage and informalizing labor markets, non-standard work arrangements, the social economy, economic restructuring, economic opportunity and development


Research Interests

Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks I have built my research agenda around two central themes. First, I am committed to the robust investigation of the primary issues related to economic security as they interface with policy and political systems to influence social and economic realities in society. Second, I am committed to advancing and furthering the development of methodological tools for the policy sciences by applying and developing new techniques and theories to help elucidate pressing questions of policy significance while simultaneously making these tools and findings accessible to policymakers and other stakeholders. Overall, my research seeks to inform the development of data driven economic and social policy that can support the inclusion of disenfranchised populations and promotes equitable development across societies.

My recent work focuses on questions of economic and employment security as well as identifying and developing innovative public policy options that promote economic development in international and national contexts.

Current Projects

  • Low-wage work in the United States
  • Job quality and labor market mobility after the Great Recession
  • Integration of disconnected youth in rural and suburban labor markets
  • Small and micro business development in the post-recessionary era

Select Publications

Peer-Review Journal Articles

Visser, M.A. (2016). Shedding Light on Economic Opportunity: Skin Tone and Job Quality During the Great Recession. Forthcoming in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1232160.

Visser, M.A. (Accepted). Beyond Labor Markets and Schools: Community Based Youth Organizations and the Economic Integration of Puerto Rican and Dominican Youth in New York City. Forthcoming in CENTRO Journal.

M.A. Visser. (Accepted). Reshaping Migrant Labor Market Geographies: Local Regularizations and the Informal Economy. Forthcoming in Population, Space, and Place

Visser, M.A. (Accepted). A Floor to Exploitation? Social Economy Organizations at the Edge of a Restructuring Economy" Forthcoming in Work, Employment and Society.

Visser, M.A., N. Theodore, E. Melendez, and A. Valenzuela (Accepted). Worker Centers and the Social Integration of Day Laborers.  Forthcoming in Urban Geography.

Visser, M.A., E. Melendez, N. Theodore, and A. Valenzuela. (Forthcoming). Day Laborers’ Work Related Injuries: An Assessment of Risks, Choices, and Policies. Forthcoming in International Migration.

Visser, M.A. and E..J. Melendez. (2015). Working in the New Low Wage Economy: Understanding Participation in Low Wage Employment in the Recessionary Era. WorkingUSA 18:1: pp. 7-29.

Melendez, E., R. Borges-Mendez, M.A. Visser, and A. Rosofsky. (In Press). The Restructured Landscape of Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for  Regional Workforce Development Collaborations.Economic Development Quarterly. 49(2)150-166.

Melendez, E., Visser, M.A., N. Theodore, and A. Valenzuela. (2014). Worker Centers and Day Laborers Wages. Social Science Quarterly. 95(3) 835-851.

Visser, M.A. (2014). Two Plus Two Equals Three: The Cost of the Hispanic Undercount in Government Census Surveys. American Review of Public Administration. 44(2) 233-251.

Servon, L., M.A. Visser, and R. Fairlie. (2011). Estimating the Capital Gap for Small Businesses in New York City.  Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 23(4) 451-477.

Visser, M.A. & L.J. Servon. (2011). Progress Hindered: The Retention and Advancement of Females in Science, Engineering and Technology Careers. Human Resources Management Journal. 21(3): 272-284.

Visser, M.A. and E. Melendez. (2011). Puerto Ricans in Low Wage Jobs and Labor Markets: The Issues, Trends and Policies. CENTRO Journal. 23(11): 3-28.

Melendez, E. and M.A. Visser. (2011). Changes in the Structure of Low-Wage Labor Markets and Skills Selectivity among Puerto Rican Migrants. CENTRO Journal. 23(11): 46-61.

Servon, L., M.A. Visser, and R. Fairlie. (2010). The Continuum of Capital for Small and Micro- businesses. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. 15(3): 301-323.

Edited Special Issues

Visser, M.A. & H. Cordero-Guzman. (2015). Low Wage Workers & Organizing.   WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society. Volume 18 Issue (2).


Ph.D., Public and Urban Policy. New School University, 2011.

Courses Taught

CRD 247 - Transformation of Work

CRD 172 - Social Inequality

CRD 162 - People Work and Technology