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Cody R. Melcher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cody R. Melcher, Ph.D.
Cody R. Melcher, Ph.D.

Dr. Cody R. Melcher joined the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans in 2022 after receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York. His research broadly examines the intersection of class and race, specifically the effect of economic well-being on public opinion and political behavior. His work has been published in Political Behavior, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Critical Sociology, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Dialectical Anthropology, and elsewhere.

Dr. Melcher’s teaching interests include quantitative methods, the study of capitalism, urban politics, race and class, social policy, and labor history. He has also taught in the departments of political science and sociology at Wayne State University and the City College of New York.

Dr. Melcher is also a research associate at the Workplace Justice Project (WJP), housed in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice, Loyola University College of Law.

Recent Publications

  • Melcher, Cody R. 2021. “Economic Self-Interest and Americans’ Redistributive, Class, and Racial Attitudes: The Case of Economic Insecurity.” Political Behavior. DOI:
  • Melcher, Cody R. 2021. “Who’s Afraid of 1619?: Pedagogy, Race, and Class in the United States.” Dialectical Anthropology. DOI:
  • Melcher, Cody R. 2020. “The Political Economy of ‘White Identity Politics’: Economic Self- Interest and Perceptions of Immigration.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 44.2: 293-313. DOI:
  • Melcher, Cody R. 2020. “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: W.E.B. Du Bois, Left-Wing Radicalism, and the Problem of Interracial Labor Unionism.” Critical Sociology 46(7-8): 1041- 1055. DOI:
  • Melcher, Cody R. & Michael Goldfield. 2019. “The Failure of Labor Unionism in the US South.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. DOI:


Ph.D., City University of New York, 2022; M.Phil., City University of New York, 2021; M.A., Wayne State University, 2018; B.A., University of Michigan, 2013

Classes Taught

  • Research Methods and Techniques
  • Social Policy
  • Urban Sociology

Areas of Expertise

  • Intersection of Race and Class
  • Economic Insecurity
  • The Political Economy of Racism
  • Experimental Designs
  • Public Opinion
  • Methods