Nina Banks is associate professor of economics and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women's & Gender Studies and in Africana Studies, a program that she co-developed with Carmen Gillespie.  Her publications focus on social reproduction and migrant households, black women and work, and the economics of the first black economist in the U.S. — Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander.  Professor Banks teaches courses on U.S. women's economic history, gender and migration, and poverty in the U.S., and she is the inaugural director of the Bucknell-in-Ghana study abroad program.

Dr. Banks is a faculty mentor for the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) program.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Feminist Economists (IAFFE) and the National Economic Association (NEA) and the editorial board of Feminist Economics.  She organized the first joint annual Freedom and Justice conference of the National Economic Association (NEA) and the American Society for Hispanic Economists (ASHE).  She received her doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Professor Banks is the coauthor (with Cecilia Conrad and Rhonda Sharpe) of Black Women in the U.S. Economy: the Hardest Working Woman, Routledge (forthcoming). She is currently working on a manuscript titled, Gender, Race, and Environmental Activism: Women of Color Working for Tomorrow.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

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


  • ECON/WMST 224: African Women & Social Action
  • ECON/WMST236: Gender, Race, and Poverty
  • ECON/WMST 253: Gender and Migration
  • ECON 258: Intermediate Political Economy
  • ECON 319/WMST 318: Economic History of Women in the U.S.

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 Economics of Misogyny, Center for American Progress

The Life and Speeches of Sadie Alexander, FTAllphaville

Book Chapters

"Family Migration in the U.S." Deborah M. Figart and Tonia Warnecke, eds. Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, November 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

"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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