About Dollars & Sense People

A democratic and non-hierarchical collective of radical economics graduate students and faculty founded Dollars & Sense in 1974. Today, D&S is still governed by a collective, rather than a board of directors. Collective members write for Dollars & Sense, and the collective meets weekly to read submissions and edit forthcoming articles. The meetings regularly spark spirited discussions of economic topics among collective members. The collective also helps manage the D&S organization, getting a full course in non-profit publishing in the process. Dollars & Sense currently has four paid staff members, several interns and office volunteers, and a number of Associates (who are less active than collective members but help support the organization).

Dollars & Sense Staff

Linda Pinkow, development and promotions director, joined the D&S staff in June 2007. She oversees all fundraising, advertising, public relations, and coalition-building. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree in English and Sociology at Brandeis University. Linda also has extensive experience in print and broadcast journalism and communications, as a writer, editor, researcher, and media activist. Since 1995 she has been News Director at WMBR, the all-volunteer, campus-community radio station at MIT, and currrently co-hosts a weekly talk and music program called "What's Left."

Nancy Banks, business manager, joined the D&S staff in 2013.

Alejandro Reuss, magazine co-editor, is a historian and economist. He has been a member of the D&S collective for nearly 15 years, has served on the editorial committee of NACLA Report on the Americas, and has been a staff member and board member of Bikes Not Bombs (Boston). He has graduate degrees in history from Tufts University and in economics from the University of Massachusetts, and also teaches at the Labor Relations and Research Center at UMass-Amherst. His writings for D&S include the article series Keynes and the Current Crisis and EconoFAQs.

Chris Sturr, magazine co-editor, joined the staff in July of 2005, after several years on the D&S collective. He taught at the college level for several years; his research focused on the prison crisis and the history of prison reform in the United States. His media activism has included reporting for WMBR (MIT's radio station), participating in the Boston Independent Media Center, and co-producing a weekly two-hour radio program, Unwelcome Guests. His current projects include coordinating the Political Economy of Prisons article series and improving the D&S website. Chris's articles in Dollars & Sense include Fidelity and Genocide, "Military Spending and the Cost of the Wars" (July/August, 2006), The Penal Welfare State, and (with Amy Offner) Flattening Appalachia.

Some Members of the Dollars & Sense Collective

Arpita Banerjee received her doctorate in economics from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied the impact of globalization on the informal sector, both rural and urban, agricultural and non-agricultural, particularly in South Asia. She currently resides in Kolkata, India. She joined the D&S collective in May 2008.

John Miller is a professor of economics at Wheaton College. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California and has served as an Economic Consultant to the Southeast Asia Office of Oxfam America. In 1995 he was awarded a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and spent the year as the Southeast Asia Regional Research Scholar of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. John is co-author of Which Way to Grow? Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. He has written numerous articles for D&S and has also contributed to publications like the Guardian and the Review of Radical Political Economics. His areas of interest include the Federal Reserve, unemployment, tax policy, and macroeconomic and budget issues. In addition to editing Real World Macro, John has written numerous articles for D&S including: What's Good for Wal-Mart..., Taxing Wealth Swedish Style, Outing Alan Greenspan, Free, Free at Last and Dollar Anxiety.

Smriti Rao joined the D&S collective in March 2007; she teaches economics at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. Her feature article, West Bengal’s Right Turn, on economic and political changes in West Bengal, appeared in our March/April 2008 issue.

Bryan Snyder, a longtime collective member, teaches economics at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. He helps edit our popular textbooks Real World Macro and Real World Micro.

Jeanne Winner is an activist in the Boston area. She has been active in local organizations devoted to housing, labor, and welfare issues since the early seventies. Her undergraduate degree is in the History of Science. Her articles in D&S include The Social Relations of Health and Disease.

Some Dollars & Sense Associates

Randy Albelda is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She has written numerous articles over the years for D&S, including What's Wrong with Welfare to Work and What Welfare Reform Has Wrought. She is also author of numerous books, including Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Discrimination, Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty, Economics and Feminism, Mink Coats Don't Trickle Down: The Economic Attack on Women and People of Color and Alternatives to Economic Orthodoxy.

Marc Breslow is a former editor of Dollars & Sense. His many articles for the magazine include: George Soros: Beware Market Fundamentalism, The Fake Federal Budget Surplus, I Want My Ford Explorer! But Can the World Afford Cheap Gas?, Merger Mania Continues and Minimum Wage, Maximum Benefit?.

Jim Campen is a professor emeritus of economics at the UMass-Boston and was a member of the D&S collective from 1974 to 1982. He served from 2007 to 2009 as executive director of Americans for Fairness in Lending, which "exists to raise awareness of abusive credit and lending practices and to promote re-regulation of the industry." (Check out this video of Jim on Fox Business News. He faces down the hosts quite well.) His many articles for D&S include: Giving the Nod to Conglomerates, A Law that Works, and Update on Mortgage Lending Discrimination.

Chuck Collins is co-founder of United for a Fair Economy, a Boston-based group organizing against widening inequality in the United States, and Responsible Wealth, a national network of business people, investors, and affluent Americans who are concerned about deepening economic inequality and are working for widespread prosperity. Chuck works part-time on estate tax advocacy, writing, and research. He has a B.A. in History & Economics, Hampshire College (1984) and a Masters in Community Economic Development, University of Southern New Hampshire (1987). Chuck's articles in Dollars & Sense include: Balancing State Budgets: Who will Pay? and The Wealth Gap Widens. He is also the co-author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America, Wealth and Our Commonwealth, and Robin Hood Was Right.

Ellen Frank teaches economics at UMass–Boston. She writes and speaks widely on international economics and on US economic policy. Ellen is the author of The Raw Deal: How Myths and Misinformation about Deficits, Inflation, and Wealth Impoverish America, and of many articles in Dollars & Sense including: Dr. Dollar: Measures of poverty, Dr. Dollar: Radical vs. liberal economics, The Great Stock Illusion, Social Security Q&A, Making Patients Pay: U.S. Health System Puts Profits First.

Thea Lee is Deputy Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO, where she has also served as Policy Director and Chief International Economist. Previously, she worked as an international trade economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and as an editor at Dollars & Sense. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her master's degree in economics from the University of Michigan. She is co-author of A Field Guide to the Global Economy, published by the New Press. Her research projects include reports on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on the impact of international trade on U.S. wage inequality, and on the domestic steel and textile industries. She serves on several advisory committees, including the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Arthur MacEwan is a professor emeritus of economics at UMass-Boston, and one of the founders of D&S. His most recent book (co-authored with John A. Miller) is Economic Collapse, Economic Change: Getting to the Roots of the Crisis. His previous books include Neo-Liberalism or Democracy?: Economic Strategy, Markets, and Alternatives for the 21st Century, Debt and Disorder: International Economic Instability and U.S. Imperial Decline and Instability and Change in the World Economy. His many articles for D&S include: New Man at the World Bank, Is It Oil? and Why CEO Salaries Skyrocket.

Amy Offner was the first book editor at D&S. She is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching address the history of capitalism and political economy, empire and foreign relations, and social and intellectual history. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University. The articles she has written for D&S include Innovative Labor Strategies: Ten Campaigns to Learn From.

Laura Orlando is a civil engineer and executive director of the ReSource Institute for Low Entropy Systems, a nonprofit organization working on public health and environmental issues in the US and abroad. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Boston University and associate director of the Program for the Ecology of Human Systems at the B.U. School of Public Health. She is co-editor of Toward Sustainable Sanitation (May 2001), and has published articles in the Women's Review of Books, Dollars & Sense, and In These Times. Her articles in D&S include: Industry Attacks on Dissent: From Rachel Carson to Oprah and Sustainable Sanitation: A Global Health Challenge

Adria Scharf is currently director of the Richmond Peace Education Center, in Richmond, Va. She was a co-editor of D&S from 2002-2005. Before that, she worked as a senior researcher and trainer at Ownership Associates, Inc. Her writing has been published in Dollars & Sense, Left Business Observer, Journal of Employee Ownership Law and Finance, and Washington Housing Quarterly. Her many articles for the magazine include Space Wars: An Interview with Bruce Gagnon, and Scripted Talk: From "Welcome to McDonalds" to "Paper or plastic?" employers control the speech of service workers.

Chris Tilly was a member of the D&S collective for over twenty years. He is currently director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and professor of Urban Planning at UCLA. He has written numerous articles for D&S, such as Next Steps for the Living Wage Movement, Part-Time Work and Temporary Work: Flexibility for Whom?, Up Against the Charros and Changarros, and “They Work Here, They Live Here, They Stay Here!” Chris is the author of several books, including: Stories Employers Tell: Race, Skill, and Hiring in America, Urban Inequality: Evidence from Four Cities, Glass Ceilings, Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty, Half a Job: Bad and Good Part-Time Jobs in a Changing Labor Market and Work Under Capitalism.

Ramaa Vasudevan teaches economics at Colorado State University. She completed her Ph.D. in economics at the New School University in 2006. She answered a reader's query on the relationship between unemployment and inflation in the “Ask Dr. Dollar” column in the September/October 2006 issue of the magazine.

Thad Williamson was a member of the D&S collective for several years; he now teaches political science at the University of Richmond. He has also served as a consultant to the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives in Washington. He is author of What Comes Next? Proposals for a Different Society; co-author (with Gar Alperovitz and David Imbroscio) of Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era; and author of More Than a Game: Why North Carolina Basketball Means So Much to So Many. He has written articles for a number of publications, including Tikkun, Cross Currents, Review of Radical Political Economy, In These Times, and The Nation. He has also written many articles for D&S, including: Interview with Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Capital Stability and Local Democracy and Global Economic Inequality.