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Carole Biewener

Carole Biewener

Professor of Economics and Women's and Gender Studies

Carole Biewener
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  2. MCB E-203I

Professor Biewener has been engaged in a collaborative research project with Marie-Hélène Bacqué, a professor of Urban Studies at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, which traces the genealogy of the term "empowerment" in the fields of gender and development, urban politics and social work. This research recently culminated in the January 2013 publication of a co-authored book, L'empowerment, une pratique emancipatrice (Paris: France, Editions La Découverte). Other recent publications include, "Different manifestations of the concept of empowerment. The politics of urban renewal in the United States and Great Britain" (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, August 2012); a book chapter, "Empowerment, développement et féminisme: Entre projet de transformation sociale et néolibéralisme," published in an edited volume on participatory democracy, La démocratie participative : histoire et généalogie (La Découverte 2011); and an entry on empowerment, "Une Généalogie de l'empowerment," in a Manual sur la démocratie participative published by the La Documentation Française (2009), the French government's entity charged with publishing reports and studies on major newsworthy issues.

Currently Professor Biewener is beginning a new research project on gender and the political economy of food. Prior research and publications have addressed the French Socialist government's financial policies in the 1980s, community development and social economy projects in the United States and Canada, and debates at the intersection of poststructuralist feminism and postmodern Marxism.

Professor Biewener teaches Women and Work, Women in the World Economy, Feminism and Economic Difference, Economic Development and Principles of Microeconomics. She also oversees the Economics Department Internship program. She was Coordinator for the interdisciplinary minor in Social Justice from 2004-2013, Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Department from 2000-2003, Director of the masters program in Gender/Cultural Studies from 1998-1999, and Chair of the Department of Economics from 1992-1995 and in spring 2013.



University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Douglass College