Speaker Bio

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Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development/John Jay College, CUNY

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City, USA, where she is also Director of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Gordon  Nembhard’s  most  recent  book, Collective  Courage:  A  History  of  African  American Cooperative  Economic  Thought  and  Practice  (2014  The  Pennsylvania  State  University  Press), was a finalist for the 2014 Benjamin Hooks Book Award (University of Memphis).

She is an affiliate scholar at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, and a member of the Canadian “Measuring the Difference  of  Cooperatives  Research  Network”  and  was  recently  an  affiliate  scholar  with  the Economics  Department’s  Center  on  Race  and  Wealth  at  Howard  University.  In May 2016 she was inducted into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1992 and 1989, respectively). She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude,  in  Literature and African  American Studies  from Yale University (1978); and an  M.A.T. in  Elementary  Curriculum  and  Teaching  from  Howard  University  (1982).