Folbre named visiting scholar at Russell Sage Foundation

Professor Nancy Folbre of the Economics Department has been appointed a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City for the 2005-06 academic year.

The foundation, which promotes the conduct and dissemination of social science research, provides full-time salary support for scholars to pursue their own research while in residence. About 24 scholars from around the country are selected from a highly competitive group of applicants.

During her residency, Folbre will be writing a book on the economics of the “care sector,” paid and unpaid jobs that involve personal care of others.

Folbre focuses on the interconnections between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular interest in caring labor and other forms of non-market work. A staff economist with the Center for Popular Economics, she has co-authored three books with that organization, and is also the author of "Who Pays for the Kids? Gender and the Structures of Constraint."

In 1998, Folbre was the recipient of a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Since that time, she has been a visiting research fellow at Australian National University (2000 and 2002), and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar (2000-01). She also served as co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on the Family and the Economy from 1997 to 2003. She received the Chancellor’s Medal last year as a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas, and earned a Ph.D. through the Department of Economics in 1979. She has been a member of the faculty since 1981.