Director, Program on Gender and Care Work
Political Economy Research Institute
Professor Emerita of Economics
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Nancy Folbre is professor emerita of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her 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, she is the 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 University Press, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard University Press, 2008), and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001). Her latest book, The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems, is forthcoming in 2020 from Verso. She has also written widely for a popular audience, including contributions to The New York Times Economix blog, The Nation, and The American Prospect. Her current writing on the political economy of care provision can be seen on her blog, Care Talk.

Areas of Expertise

Paid and Unpaid Care Work