Nina Banks: “Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander: Economist First” – April 5, 2005



In 1921, one day after the first Ph.D. was awarded to an African American woman, Sadie Mossell became the second to receive the degree and the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in economics. Because racial and gender discrimination prevented her from finding employment as an economist, Mossell Alexander obtained a law degree and began a career as a lawyer and civil rights activist. Professor Banks discusses Mossell Alexander’s economic writings on the Great Migration and the status of black women and compares them to the publications of early black male economists George Haynes and Abram Harris, Jr.

Nina Banks


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