Nancy Folbre

Professor emerita of economics

Gender economics, Family economics

Phone: (o) 413/545-3283


Nancy Folbre is professor emerita of economics and a regular weekly contributor to the New York Times’ Economix blog.

Her research focuses on the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular focus on the work of caring for others. Her book, Saving State U (New Press, 2010), makes a case for strengthening public support for higher education in the United States.

Her other books include Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard University Press, 2008).

Folbre is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and she has consulted for the United Nations Human Development Office, the World Bank and other organizations.