Zdravka K. Todorova, Ph.D.

Rike Hall 290, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

In teaching I emphasize pluralism of approaches and understanding of economic issues in historical and systems perspectives. Since I came to Wright State in 2006, I have been teaching mainly Institutional Economics; Economic, Social and Ecological Systems; Principles of Macroeconomics; Economic, Social, and Business Issues; Political Economy of Women; and Development of Economic Thought.

My research is on: institutions and social stratification; macroeconomic policy; consumption as a social process; money and feminist political economy; Job Guarantee; care; and the writings of Thorstein Veblen.

Ongoing research projects include:1) social context of money and diverse economic relations such as debt-credit, exchange, gift, reciprocity, and obligation; 2) a feminist perspective on job guarantee policy; 3) a critique of  “sound finance” and “commodity money” and an updated feminist and institutionalist understanding of functional finance and public economics; 4) a non-dualistic conceptualization of the economy as social provisioning and developing the concepts of social processes; 5) institutions, oppression, and social stratification; 6) a feminist development of Karl Polanyi’s analysis of labor, nature, and money for a contemporary understanding of transnational households, global migrant work, care, remittances, and environmental degradation; 7) a better understanding of conspicuous consumption and developing analyses of consumption as a social process; and 8) and Thorstein Veblen’s writings and theory in contemporary contexts.

In 2007 I was honored to receive the International Veblen Prize awarded jointly by the European Association for Political Economy and the Association for Evolutionary Economics in celebration of Thorstein Veblen's 150th birthday.  My first book was Money and Households in a Capitalist Economy: a Gendered Post Keynesian-Institutional Approach (Edward Elgar 2009). I co-edited a volume (with Dr. Tae-Hee Jo) Advancing Frontiers of Heterodox Economics – Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee (Routledge, 2015).

I have been active in service to the economics profession, heterodox economics organizations, and journals. I served as the president of the Association for Institutional Thought (2016), and organized the association's conference program in 2015 under the theme of: Institutionalism: History, Theory, and Futures. I have enjoyed organizing panels, in efforts to build bridges across heterodox economics approaches.

As the Chair of the Economics Department (summer 2017 to summer 2020), I supported and promoted the economics curriculum, faculty, and students, and expanded alumni relations.

Learn more here: https://www.ztodorova.net/.


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