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).