Faculty & Staff

Mary Huff Stevenson, PhD

Professor Emerita of Economics
College of Liberal Arts


photo of Mary Stevenson

Areas of Expertise

Urban Public Policy, Urban Poverty and Labor Market Problems, Economic Status of Women, Development of Urban Public Institutions.


PhD, Economics, University of Michigan
BA, Economics, Brandeis University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Mary Stevenson taught at UMass Boston from 1972 to 2012. She developed the Department’s Urban Economics course and adapted it to become The Economics of the Metropolitan Area, an Intermediate Seminar course. She was a founding member of the Women’s Studies Program and developed the Sex-Segregated Labor Markets course to be cross-listed within that program. She was also a founding member of the Public Policy PhD Program and helped to develop the Economics for Public Policy Analysis course.  She has directed several PhD dissertations for the Public Policy PhD program and capstone projects for the MSPA Program, as well as honors theses and independent studies within the Economics Department. She has served as Economics Department chair and as graduate program director for the Public Policy PhD Program.

Her more recent work, listed above, focuses on urban economics and urban labor markets.  Her earlier work focused on low wage workers. Determinants of Low Wages for Women Workers was published in the series Landmark Dissertations in Women’s Studies. She is also the co-author of Low Wages and the Working Poor.

Additional information on her career transition can be found at: