Cooperatives on the table

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard is a leading economist studying co-operatives. In fact she effectively invented this economic research agenda in the US.

She was brought up by social activists who discussed Marx over the kitchen table.  And came to economics with a clear reform mission. She also knew where to study: the leading US centre for heterodox economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In spite of that, she only discovered cooperatives by accident through her later interest in community development. Co-operatives were not considered a subject for economic study. She was also told cooperatives were for white hippies not black activists.

The Mint met up with Gordon-Nembhard at the ASSA 2020 conference in San Diego to find out more about her path of discovery, how she reclaimed co-operatives for African Americans and what she learnt about effective co-operation.

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Jessica (born 1956) is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development at John Jay College, City University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics …

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