The election for URPE Steering Committee is now open.
There are five open positions on the Steering Committee and five candidates running for these open positions. All candidates receiving at least one vote will be (re)elected to the Steering Committee. Please scroll down to see each candidate’s bio.
Those (re)elected to the Steering Committee will serve a three-year term, starting October 2019 until October 2022. Online voting is open from Sept 10 until September 24 2019. URPE members who do not have an online account will be mailed a paper ballot. Paper ballots must be postmarked August 15th to be counted.
All current members of URPE in good standing are eligible to vote. Please click here to log in and check your membership status.
Candidate Bios and Personal Statements
St Francis College
A long-time URPE member, of which I am more proud than my formal “credentials”(Oxford andHarvard). My work is focused on the category of household production and the interaction between relations of production and relations of sex/gender/age.
I would like to run again for the Steering Committee, and hope to be able to continue to work on the URPE Graduate Fellowship, as well as to participate in organizing conferences.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Sirisha Naidu is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Her research interests are in political economy of development and environment, collective resource management, agrarian political economy, and Marxist Feminist economics. Her current research is on social reproduction, and the relationship between women’s market and non-market work, nature and capitalist exploitation. She has published in RRPE, World Development, Ecological Economics among others. Until summer of 2019, she was a faculty member at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she was the Grievance Officer of the faculty union and co-organized a 3 week long faculty strike, the second longest higher education strike in the U.S.
My interest in joining the URPE Steering Committee is to participate in collective efforts to create space for members and potential members engaged in struggles to challenge the bourgeois, and increasingly authoritarian or fascist social orders.
First, I would involve myself in ongoing efforts to solidify URPE as a strong community of radical political economists of varied theoretical persuasions and professional pursuits. To increase participation of members, mentoring of junior faculty and graduate students, and discussions on theory and praxis between veteran and new members, I would like to facilitate regional URPE chapters. With the increasing paucity of travel funds, regional chapters would reduce the isolation of URPE members who are not located in the East Coast or in strong heterodox departments, and also provide an avenue for others wanting to join the URPE fold. In addition, I would like to increase visibility of the work of our members on the frontlines of social movements, and policy-making to model the relevance of praxis to a new generation of potential radical political economists.
Second, I am interested in creating greater space within URPE for issues of environmental and climate change, and radical political economy perspectives on gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity and caste. This could take the form of special panels at conferences, working groups, encouraging greater participation in already existing joint panels at ASSA, and possibly organizing occasional symposiums.
Third, I understand theories and theoretical perspectives to be historical, influenced by life histories, and in a dialectical relationship with social change. Thus, I would advocate for and be involved in efforts to actively recruit radical political economists from the global South and historically underrepresented minorities in the U.S., and strengthen ties with other heterodox economic associations in the U.S. and other countries.
Kadir Has University
Özgür Orhangazi is a professor of economics at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. He taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago (2006-2011), has been an invited researcher at the Central Bank of Venezuela (2009), a visiting scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute in Amherst (2017), and a visiting professor at University Paris 13 (2018). He also taught classes at Boğaziçi University, City University of New York, University of Seoul and served as graduate faculty at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He published extensively on financialization, financial and economic crises, and alternative economic policies. His recent research focuses on concentration and monopolization in the US economy and financial fragility and crises in Turkey and other developing economies.
He has been a reader of the RRPE and a member of URPE since 2000, the first years of graduate school, has published a number of articles in the RRPE, and regularly attends URPE events. A beneficiary of the invaluable space created by URPE for radical scholars, he has not had the opportunity to serve the organization until now (other than ad hoc refereeing for the RRPE). He would like to contribute to the organization by serving on the Steering Committee and collaborating with other members in the quest to promote radical political economy, increase the visibility and impact of the organization, and contribute to the international collaborations of URPE. He believes his experience and extensive international network would be of use to the Steering Committee and URPE in general.
Jennifer Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University and holds a joint appointment as a researcher in the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She earned her PhD in Economics at the University of Massachusetts in 2012. Prior to her current appointments, she taught in the Department of Economics at Whitman College (2012-2016).
She has published in Gender and Development, RRPE, and Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, including two articles on feminism and URPE. One article is on the formation of the Women’s Caucus in 1971 and the historiography of feminism in economics. The second piece offers strategies for repositioning feminism as a critical source of insight in radical political economy. She regularly attends URPE conferences and events. If elected to serve on the Steering Committee, she will continue to engage in outreach to strengthen the study of the many contributions of feminist analyses to radical political economics.
University of Missouri Kansas City.
Erik Olsen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He earned a Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests include Political Economy and Microeconomics, with particular emphasis on the political economy of the firm, worker cooperatives, and participatory management. He is one of the co-editors of the Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics, which includes contributions from many URPE members.
I has served on the URPE Steering Committee since 2013 and would like to continue this work. In my time on the committee I have worked to increase URPE support for graduate students, done conference organizing, and helped URPE effectively manage its finances. Since elected I have served on the Finance Committee, and worked closely with the national office on budgeting and financial reporting. I helped create the URPE Dissertation Fellowship, and have served as a reviewer for applications since it was created. I also worked closely with Steve Theberge in organizing the UPRE 50th Anniversary Conference in 2018. If re-elected to the Steering Committee I would like to work on making URPE more effective in supporting feminist, black, and Latinx political economy, as well as continuing my current commitments to the organization.