Associate Professor of Economics
131 Academic West
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Fields of Research and Teaching Interests
Political Economy, Political Economy of Gender and Race, and Economics of Family Migration
Professor Banks' research analyzes the effects of racial and gendered ideologies on African American migrants in Pittsburgh during the World War I Great Migration era. She 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.
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
"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).