The Heart of Teaching Economics

The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.

Chapter 16: Race and Gender

Nancy Folbre

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of education, teaching economics, education, economics of education, teaching and learning


Nancy Folbre Nancy Folbre was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1952 and graduated with a BA in philosophy and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas in 1971 and 1973 respectively before obtaining a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts in 1979. She taught economics at Bowdoin College between 1980 and 1983 and at the New School for Social Research between 1983 and 1985 before joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she currently serves as a Professor of Economics. At UMass Amherst, Professor Folbre teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Political Economy of Race and Gender, History of Economic Thought, Political Economy of Women, Gender, Care, and Public Policy and Time Use: Theory and Empirical Analysis. Professor Folbre’s research interests focus on the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular interest in caring labor and other forms of non-market work. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Development Economics, Review of Social Economy, Review of Economics of the Household and Feminist Economics, among others. Her books include, Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard University Press, 2008), Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004), co284 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 284 29/9/10 11:36:38 Race and gender – Nancy Folbre 285 edited with Michael Bittman, and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (The New Press, 2001). I interviewed Nancy Folbre in the office of my colleague, John...

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