Dorene Isenberg

Professor, Economics


Duke Hall
P: 909.748.8566

Office: Economics, Duke Hall #209

Current Research and Academic interests

For the past four years, I've been interested in the gendered and racial nature of creditworthiness and how it has undergone change.  Historically, women were considered economic dependents which categorized them as credit unworthy.  Starting in the US in the 1970's second wave feminists began to challenge the prevalent perceptions of women through legal and market channels.  In my research I'm constructing the racial and gendered development of creditworthiness and economic citizenship.

Description of Research

As a macroeconomist, my research interests address the intersection of financial structures and institutions with race, class and gender.  In the past, I've been engaged in research that focused on the development of financial instability and its impact on the real economy.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Introduction to Economics

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics

  • Financial Institutions

  • Money and Banking

  • Economics of Race, Class and Gender

Degrees Held

  • A.B., Economics, San Diego State University, 1977

  • M.A., Economics, University of California-Riverside, 1982

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California-Riverside, 1986

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Drew University, Madison, NJ, 1989-2003

  • University of Maine, Orono, ME, 1984-1988

Major Awards Received

  • Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, Research Support Grant, 2013-2014

  • Center for Global Partnership Grant, Japan Foundation, 1998-1999

  • Jerome A. Levy Economics Institute Research Fellowship, 1988-1989

Significant Publications and Presentations

"The Savings and Loan Crisis and Bailout" in Gerald Epstein and Martin Wolfson (eds.), The Political Economy of Financial Crisis. An Oxford University Press Handbook.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013.

"Housing and Homelessness in a Globalizing Economy," in Jonathan Harris and Neva Goodwin (eds.), New Thinking in Macroeconomics: Social, Institutional, Environmental Perspectives.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. 2003.

Dymski, Gary and Dorene Isenberg (eds). Seeking Shelter on the Pacific Rim: Financial Globalization, Social Change, and the Housing Market.  Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2002.

"The Political Economy of Financial Reform: The Origins of the US Deregulation of 1980 and 1982" in Robert Pollin (ed.), Capitalism, Socialism, and Radical Political Economy: Festschrift in Honor of Howard Sherman. Aldershot: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 2000.

"The Political Economy of Monetary Policy in the European Union: The Case of Belgium" Review of Radical Political Economics, 30 (1998) #3:46-55.

"The Political Economy of Monetary Policy on the Globalizing Road to EMU," in Philip Arestis and Malcolm Sawyer (editors), Political Economy of Central Banking. Edward Elgar Press. 1998

"Housing Finance in the Age of Globalization: From Social Housing to Life-Cycle Risk" co-authored with Gary Dymski in Dean Baker, Gerald Epstein, and Robert Pollin (editors), Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy: Real Constraints and Real Options.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

"Financial Fragility and the Great Depression: New Evidence on Credit Growth in the 1920s," in Gary Dymski and Robert Pollin (ed.) New Perspectives in Monetary Macroeconomics: Explorations in the Tradition of Hyman P. Minsky, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.

"Financial Institutions After the S&L Crisis: A Community-Based Credit Union." Review of Radical Political Economics, 23#1-2 (Spring/Summer 1991) pp. 155-160.

"Financial Instability: A Recession Simulation on the U.S. Corporate Structure." The Eastern Economic Journal, 17#2 (April-June 1991) pp.165-175.

"The Financially Fragile Firm: Is There a Case for It in the 1920s?" British Review of Economic Issues, 11#25 (Summer 1989) pp.27-51.

"Is There a Case for Minsky's Financial Fragility Hypothesis in the1920s?" Journal of Economic Issues, 22#4 (December 1988) pp.1045-1069.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Evolutionary Economics

  • Union for Radical Economics

  • International Association for Feminist Economics