Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is the author of The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems: An Intersectional Political Economy (Verso, 2021), editor of For Love and Money: Care Work in the U.S. (Russell Sage, 2012), and the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2008), and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001). She has also written widely for a popular audience, including contributions to the New York Times Economix blog, The Nation, and the American Prospect

She retired as Professor of Economics in order to devote more time to reading, writing, research, illustration, and communication, not to mention various other entertainments. She is currently directing a research program at the Political Economy Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and enjoys an appointment as Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute of Bard College.