Günseli Berik is Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, USA, where she is also co-director of the Master’s Program. She received her bachelors of science degree in economics from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and her masters and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Berik’s research and teaching is in the fields of development economics, gender and development, feminist economics, and political economy of ethnicity, gender, and class. Her publications, which examine gender inequalities in labor markets and wellbeing, range from a fieldwork-based study of women carpet weavers in Turkey to recent work on international trade, gender wage inequality, and working conditions in Asia. Her work on the US has focused on training for building-trades employment and time allocation in the household during the 2007–09 recession; her latest work looks at the broader metrics of economic welfare.
Berik belongs to a research group working on methodological improvement and wider adoption of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). She served on the Board of Directors of IAFFE (1998–2001) and the Editorial Board (2002–04) and Associate Editor team (2004–09) of Feminist Economics. She was a Guest Co-editor of two special issues of the journal that were published as books: Gender, China, and the WTO (Routledge 2010) and Inequality, Development, and Growth (Routledge 2011). Berik also co-edited Social Justice and Gender Equality: Rethinking Development Strategies and Macroeconomic Policies (Routledge 2008). In January 2010, she joined Diana Strassmann as editor of Feminist Economics.
Diana Strassmann is the founding editor of the journal, Feminist Economics, the journal of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) and a co-founder of IAFFE. After receiving her undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton and her masters and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard, she joined the Rice University faculty in 1983. She is currently Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Humanities in Rice University’s Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a faculty affiliate in Rice’s Asian Studies program, and director of Rice’s Program on Poverty, Social Justice, and Human Capabilities. She also chairs the board of the Wiki Education Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of Wikipedia through engaging professors and students to become active contributors.
In 1994, Strassmann established the journal, Feminist Economics, on behalf of IAFFE. Feminist Economics promotes dialogue about feminist economic perspectives and publishes research aimed at improving the lives of children, women, and men around the world. In 1997, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) named Feminist Economics the Best New Journal in its international awards competition. The journal has attained high ISI impacts and rankings, both among women’s studies and economics journals. Supported generously by Rice University and other major donors, the journal has attracted a wide readership, having individual subscribers in over 50 countries, and a distribution to over five thousand libraries worldwide.
Strassmann has published widely in the fields of economic regulation, environmental policy, and feminist economic theory. Her current research focuses on the impact of feminism on economics.