Rhonda Sharpe


BOARD MEMBER, 2019-2022

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Mechanicsville, VA USA

Rhonda is founder and president of the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race, (www.wiserpolicy.org )the first think tank to focus solely on the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Multi-racial women.  In 2018, she was named to the list of “25 Black Scholars to Know” by www.thebestschools.org. || Rhonda’s research primarily lies at the intersection of labor economics and feminist economics. Her research has focused on the academic labor market as it relates to Black women, the educational attainment of Black women and the experiences of Black undergraduate women.  Rhonda’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in her research and service.  In the 2017 Issue II Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession Newsletter, she outlines barriers to diversity in the economics profession and offers recommendations. She is the co-founder of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE).  She has served as the Director of the Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI), the Research Director for The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality and as the Associate Director of the American Economic Association Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program.  Rhonda is the past-President of the National Economics Association. || She completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics and holds master’s degrees in mathematics, operations research and economics. Rhonda completed her doctorate in economics/Mathematics at Claremont Graduate University (dissertation advisor: Cecilia A. Conrad). || Rhonda was a tenured associate professor at Bennet College.

VISION FOR IAFFE:  I believe IAFFE should have three priorities: 1) Expand what it means to be a “feminist” scholar to include activist work in the profession and community.  This may be particularly important for scholars of color. 2) Provide professional development training that includes lectures on feminist theory and application; formalized mentoring for scholars at various levels; and training on how to promote feminist research – advances the IAFFE’s purpose of fostering dialogue, educating and improving scholarship and policy. 3) Recruit scholars who do gender research to join IAFFE, which will expand the racial and ideological diversity of the organization and provide the opportunity for insightful critiques of economic theory.