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Nancy Folbre

Nancy Folbre
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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1979
M.A., University of Texas, 1973
B.A., University of Texas, 1971

professional experience

Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1991-present
Adjunct Professor, Social and Political Theory Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2003-2007
Chair, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2003-04
Staff Economist, Center for Popular Economics, 1980-present

research interests

The interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular interest in caring labor and other forms of non-market work.


Political economy of race and gender
Introduction to political economy
History of economic thought
Political economy of women

honors & awards

Visiting Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation, 2004-2005
MacArthur Foundation Five-Year Fellowship, 1998-2002
Leontief Prize of the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, 2004
Appointed as Charlotte Perkins Gilman Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2004
Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award of Chancellor's Medal, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004
Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for Excellence in Writing and Editing in the Population Sciences, 1999

professional activities

Co-chair of the MacArthur Research Network on the Family and the Economy, 1997-2003
Associate Editor of the journal Feminist Economics


Co-principal investigator, Social Wealth Project, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 2005


Walker-Ames Visiting Lectureship, University of Washington, 2007
Dan and Carole Burack Presidentís Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Vermont
Presentation, International Association for Feminist Economics Conference, Sydney, Australia
Presentation, Pan-American Health Organization Conference on Unpaid Care, Santiago, Chile
Presentation, American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada
Real Utopias Conference on Work/Family Policy, University of Wisconsin, 2006

Selected publications

Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008
Editor (with Lois Shaw and Agneta Stark), Warm Hands in a Cold Age: Gender and Aging. New York: Routledge, 2006.
The New Field Guide to the U.S. Economy, revised and updated (with Jonathan Teller-Elsberg and James Heintz). New York: The New Press.
"What is Child Care? Lessons from Time Use Surveys of Major English-Speaking Countries," (with Jayoung Yoon) forthcoming in Review of the Economics of the Household.
"Measuring Care: Gender, Empowerment, and the Care Economy," Journal of Human Development 7:2 (July): 183-200, 2006

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