This Week's Guest:

Air Date: March 25, 2021

Dr. Nina Banks discusses Black Women Economics and the Invisibility of Black Women’s Community Work


Vernon continues Everything Co-op’s celebration of Women’s History Month, honoring Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced, with an interview of Dr. Nina Banks, Associate Professor at Bucknell University, and President of the National Economic Association. Vernon and Dr. Banks discuss Black Women in the U.S. Economy, and the Invisibility of Black Women’s Community Work.

Dr. Nina Banks is Associate Professor of Economics at Bucknell University. Her publications focus on social reproduction and migrant households, Black women and work, and the economics of the first Black economist in the U.S. — Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander.

Professor Banks teaches courses on U.S. women’s economic history, gender and migration, and poverty in the U.S. She is president of the National Economic Association (NEA); on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the Editorial Board of The Review of Black Political Economy. She is the Faculty Director of Bucknell in Ghana, and the university’s Academic Director for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

Professor Banks received her doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Banks is working on several book projects including a biography of Sadie T.M. Alexander and an edited volume Democracy, Race, and Justice: Select Speeches and Writings of Sadie T.M. Alexander (Yale University Press): June 2021; a manuscript titled, Gender, Race, and Environmental Activism: Women of Color Working for Tomorrow (University of Toronto Press); and a co-edited book with Cecilia Conrad and Rhonda Sharpe on Black Women in the U.S. Economy: the Hardest Working Woman (IAFFE Feminist Economics Series, Routledge).

Our host, Vernon Oakes, is a consummate advocate for cooperatives. He is a Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and he’s served on several boards and committees to advance the interests of cooperatives. Recently, he served on the Limited Equity Cooperative Task Force, established by Anita Bonds, At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Vernon is an MBA graduate of Stanford University, who has used his business acumen to benefit the community, by promoting the added value of the cooperative business model. 

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