Rebeca Gomez Betancourt

BOARD MEMBER, 2022-2025

University of Lyon 2 - Triangle research center
Lyon, France

Rebeca Gomez Betancourt is a Venezuelan-French historian of economics and feminist economist. She is Professor of Economics at the University of Lyon 2 and Researcher at Triangle, ENS-Lyon. After her undergraduate studies in Venezuela in economics and philosophy, she got her masters degree and PhD in economics at University of Sorbonne, Paris. She has held appointments as Visiting Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota-Colombia, at Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte-Brazil, and at De Paul University, Chicago.

She is founder and currently President of the Latin American Society for the History of Economic Thought (ALAHPE). She has served as President of the French Association for the History of Economic Thought (Association Charles Gide) and was member of the executive committee of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) and the History of Economic Society (HES). With other colleagues she created the History of Economics Diversity Caucus and was the first chair until October 2021. She has been a member of the IAFFE young scholars committee since 2020, which supports and engages early career feminist economists.

She is the director of the master’s program in History of Economics at the University of Lyon 2. Her work focuses on the history of monetary thought and on history of women and economics. She is currently working on the history of feminist economics and gender economics. 

Her history with IAFFE began with studying the origins of the field feminist economics with some young scholars. She interviewed many IAFFE presidents and read some of their early works. Then, she joined IAFFE Young Scholars committee. She recently had the opportunity to serve on the Pre-Conference and Mentoring Workshop committee for IAFFE's conference in Geneva in 2022. She lives in Lyon, France.  

Vision/Priorities for IAFFE -- My two main motivations in IAFFE are, first, to help improving the diversity of the members and approaches in feminist economics especially through cooperation with other societies in history of economics and philosophy of economics such as the Latin American ALAHPE, or History of Economic Society, Association Charles Gide in France, and the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. Second, I want to support new feminist economists developing connections between generations, topics, methods and geographical zones. I think I can help identifying scholars from France, Spain and some countries in Latin American who are underrepresented in IAFFE until now.

July 2022.