Bucknell in Ghana, spring 2016

Professor Banks is conducting a case study of Mexican immigrants who are self-employed in the Mason-Dixon region. She is also preparing an edited volume of the collected economic speeches and writings of Sadie T.M. Alexander, the U.S.'s first black woman economist, that focus on economic and political justice.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

  • political economy
  • political economy of gender and race
  • economics of family migration


  • ECON 258 Intermediate Political Economy
  • ECON 319 Economic History of Women in the U.S.
  • ECON 103 Economics Problems and Principles
  • ECON 236 Unemployment and Poverty

Recent Activities

Professor Banks serves on the Advisory Committee for the Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell. She is also part of the Coordinating Committee for the Department of Women's & Gender Studies.

Selected Publications


"The Black Worker, Economic Justice, and the Speeches of Sadie T.M. Alexander," Review of Social Economy. LXVI (2) June 2008: 139-161.

"Uplifting the Race through Domesticity: Capitalism, African American Migration, and the Household Economy," Feminist Economics. 12(4), October 2006: 599-624.

"Black Women and Racial Advancement: The Economics of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander." 2005. Review of Black Political Economy. Vol. 33, no. 1, summer 2005: 89-24. (Issued June 2006).


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