Lynda Pickbourn is an assistant professor of Economics at Hampshire College, where she teaches courses on gender and economic development, feminist economics, labor economics and the history of economic thought. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Ghana. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and an M.A. and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Pickbourn’s research interests are in Economic Development and Feminist Economics, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation research examined the role of gender in shaping migration and remittance behavior, a topic on which she carried out field research in rural communities in Northern Ghana for a year. Her other interests include the structural and institutional determinants of employment and earnings in the informal economy in developing countries; the role of foreign aid in human development outcomes and gender equality; and economic methodology.
Pickbourn has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a research fellowship from the American Association of University Women and a Women’s Studies dissertation fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.