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Drucilla Barker

Professor
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: 803-777-3200
Email: barkerdk@sc.edu
Office: Gambrell Hall 408
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF
Research Interests: Economic anthropology, gender and globalization, development, feminist epistemology, methodology.
Drucilla Barker

Recent Accomplishments 

Plenary panelist at the Feminism and Economics Conference at SUNY New Paltz, April 2015. 

Keynote speaker at the Crisis Economics Workshop, Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota, November, 2013. 

Elected to the Rethinking Marxism (RM) Editorial Board, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal produced by the Association for Economic and Social Analysis, 2013. 

Co-PI on a Provost’s Grant to bring Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a visiting scholar from Iran, to the USC Columbia campus for two weeks during the Fall of 2013. 

Bio 

Drucilla K. Barker (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1988) is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program. She is a radical, feminist economist whose research interests are globalization, feminist political economy, and economic anthropology. Her work is interdisciplinary and from ranges from examinations of the roles of gender, race and class in social valuations of labor, especially affective labor, to accounts of the financial crises that characterize late global capitalism.

Research 

Dr. Barker’s work follows three interdisciplinary trajectories. It interrogates the nature of labor, especially those types of affective labor named as caring labor. She argues that the ways that feminist scholars have theorized caring labor reinscribes rather than resists the notion that it is “women’s work.” One consequence of this approach is that it naturalizes hierarchies of race, class, gender, and nation. Her monograph, Liberating Economics: A Feminist Perspective on Families, Work and Globalization, written with Susan F. Feiner, uses the lens of feminist theory and political economy to reveal what is often left out of mainstream accounts of the feminization of labor and poverty, the highly unequal distribution of income and wealth, and the consequences of global capitalism. Most recently she has turned her attention to an examination of the role played by gender in the ongoing financial crises of the 20th and early 21st centuries through the lens of economic anthropology. What ties her research together is her commitment to demystifying “economics “ by revealing what underlies the veil of mathematics and abstraction.

Teaching 

ANTH 208                 Globalization and Development

ANTH/WGST 381    Gender and Globalization

ANTH 711                 Ethics and Anthropology

ANTH/WGST 772    Gender and Culture

ANTH/WGST 791     (Special Topics) Globalization, Gender and Debt

WGST 701                 Feminist Theory

Representative Publications 

Books:

Feminist Economics: Critical Concepts. 4 vols. Drucilla K. Barker and Edith Kuiper, eds. London & New York: Routledge, 2009.  

Feminist Economics and the World Bank: History, Theory and Policy, Edith Kuiper and Drucilla K. Barker, eds.  London & New York: Routledge, 2006. 

Liberating Economics: Feminist Perspectives on Families, Work, and Globalization, Drucilla K. Barker and Susan F. Feiner, Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2004. 

Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics, Drucilla K. Barker and Edith Kuiper, eds. New York & London: Routledge, 2003. 

Refereed Articles and Chapters:

“Unstable Feminisms: A New Marxian Class Analysis of Domestic Labor,” Rethinking Marxism. Forthcoming. 

“Gender, Class and Location in the Global Economy” with Edith Kuiper, in the Handbook of Feminist Theory, Ania Plomien, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Mary Evans, Sadie Wearing and Sumi Madhok, eds.  Sage. 2014. 

Feminist economics as a theory and method,” Drucilla K. Barker, in Deborah M. Figart and Tonyia L. Warnke, Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life. Edward Elgar, 2013. 

“Querying the Paradox of Caring Labor,” Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 24, No. 4: October 2012, 574-591. 

“Beyond Women and Economics: Rereading Women’s Work,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 30 No. 4, Summer 2005, pp.  2189 – 2208.