In 2014, Jessica published ‘Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice’ based on 15 years of research. Building on the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, it is a path-breaking study of the role of African American cooperatives from the eighteenth-century to the present.
Jessica’s work reveals the hidden history of African American cooperatives and its role in the social movements for civil rights and economic equality. She puts forward a compelling argument for why such institutions offer a promising route towards self-sufficiency in black communities. Her work brings the cooperative values of equality, openness and solidarity into economics, and challenges the absence of community from neoclassical economics.