Nancy Folbre

Director, Program on Gender and Care Work
Political Economy Research Institute
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

My research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, I am the author of The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems: An Intersectional Political Economy (Verso, 2021), editor of For Love and Money: Care Work in the U.S. (Russell Sage, 2012), and the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2008), and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001). I  have also written widely for a popular audience, including contributions to the New York Times Economix blog, The Nation, and the American Prospect. Check out my blog, Care Talk,  elsewhere on this site. For more professional details, see my academic vita as of 2018.

I retired as Professor of Economics in order to devote more time to reading, writing, research, illustration, and communication, not to mention various other entertainments. I am currently directing a research program at the Political Economy Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and enjoy an appointment as Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute of Bard College. You will find more about my ongoing projects on this site.

I do a modest amount of public speaking and consulting. Feel free to contact me via the email above for further information.

  3 comments for “Nancy Folbre

  1. Lynda
    October 14, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I’m very pleased to see that you’ve revived your blog! I’ll be sending the link to my students. Thank you!

  2. March 26, 2020 at 9:21 am

    This is an amazing website — it is an exemplary model of public facing scholarship to be shared widely. Thank you and I am looking forward to using it in my courses.

  3. Varsha Gupta
    April 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    We met at the ISLE Conference 2018, when I had no idea who I was sitting next to. Today, reading up for my PhD made me realize what an opportunity I missed to interact then. All I had asked you then was a sketch of me. Hope I get a chance to meet you again.

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