My work as a chair of the Economics department is informed by two basic findings. First, economics is a multifaceted discipline that is relevant to everything and everybody, and an economics degree from one of our programs has proven to be a versatile outcome. Second, we need to cultivate and maintain diversity in its many forms within organizations, curriculum, pedagogy, and research to make those better.
In my 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 Institutional Economics; Economic, Social and Ecological Systems; Principles of Macroeconomics; Economic, Social, and Business Issues; Political Economy of Women; and Development of Economic Thought. At WSU I organized a workshop on Social Cost (2012); a seminar on Neoliberalism (2013); and co-organized the Origins of Money seminar (2012). As a chair I enjoy working on outlets for student and faculty engagement outside the classroom.
I have been active in the governance of a number of professional organizations. I served as the president of the Association for Institutional Thought (2016), and organized the association's conference program in 2015 with the theme of: Institutionalism: History, Theory, and Futures. I enjoy organizing conference panels at professional meetings and putting people together to exchange and develop ideas. In my service to the economics profession and in my research I am interested in building bridges across heterodox approaches to economics, as well as in interdisciplinary collaborations that contribute to the development of heterodox economic theory.
My research areas include: macroeconomic policy formulation, gender, consumption, social nature of money, and micro-macro methodology. My theoretical approach is formed primarily by Institutional Economics, Feminist Economics, and Post-Keynesian Economics as well as by interdisciplinarity. 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). Recently I co-edited a volume (with Dr. Tae-Hee Jo) Advancing Frontiers of Heterodox Economics – Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee (Routledge, 2015). Currently I am working on projects related to understanding the multitude of economic relations, beyond exchange.