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HSA Speaker Series

5/24/2023 9:00 am

An Interview With Nina Banks 


Wednesday, May 24: 9 - 10 AM

Penn Alexander Atrium


Nina Banks is Associate Professor of Economics and an affiliate of Women’s and Gender Studies and Critical Black Studies at Bucknell University and Visiting Fellow at the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. She is past president of the National Economic Association (NEA) and serves on the Board of

Directors of the Economic

Policy Institute (EPI) and

Editorial Board of The

Review of Black Political Economy. Previously she served on the board of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE). Her research makes visible the unseen work of Black and other marginalized women by developing an economics of their unpaid work and community activism against racial and ethnic disparities. Her determination to restore Black women to U.S. economic history led to the recovery of the economic thought of the first Black American economist, Sadie T.M. Alexander.


Professor Banks is the founder and past organizer of the annual Freedom and Justice conference of the National Economic Association (NEA), the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE), and the Association for Economic Research of Indigenous Peoples (AERIP). The social justice conference brings together a small group of scholars who are dedicated to finding solutions to the pressing economic problems facing racialized communities.


Professor Banks holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social History from Hood College. In addition to Democracy, Race, and Justice: The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander, Professor Banks has three other books under contract including a biography of Sadie Alexander. Her research has been featured in popular media outlets that include NPR, the Economist, the New York Times, SiriusXM's Urban View, the Financial Times’ Alphachat podcast, the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival, and the State of Working America podcast.


Read more about her at the American Economic Association and the New York Times.

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