Nominee Bios


George DeMartino

George DeMartino is Professor of Economics in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where he is Co-Director of the MA Degree in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration. He has written extensively on economics and ethics and is author of Global Economy, Global Justice: Theoretical Objections and Policy Alternatives to Neoliberalism (Routledge, 2000) and The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is co-editor with Deirdre N. McCloskey of the Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics (2016). He has published widely in the areas of political economy, fair trade policy, labor studies, and globalization studies. At present, he is at work on The Tragedy of Economics: Harm, Economic Harm, and the Harm Economists Do as they Try to Do Good.

DeMartino is the President-Elect of the Association for Social Economics, is on the editorial board of its journal the Review of Social Economy, and is a member of the ASE Executive Council.  He served on the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on “Values in Decision-Making”, 2011-2012, and was a presenter in Davos at the 2012 World Economic Forum.


Julie Nelson

Julie A. Nelson is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. Her research interests include feminist economics, ecological economics, economic methodology, ethics and economics, the teaching of economics, and the empirical study of individual and household behavior.  Her publications include Gender and Risk-Taking: Economics, Evidence, and Why the Answer Matters (Routlege, 2017), Economics for Humans (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2006), and  articles in journals ranging from Econometrica to the Review of Social Economy and Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy. She is a former Associate Editor of Feminist Economics, editor of the Business Ethics and Economics section of the Journal of Business Ethics, and is the 2017 Vice President of the Association for Social Economics.


Steven Pressman

Steven Pressman is Professor of Economics at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado and Emeritus Professor of Economics and Finance at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. In addition, he serves as North American editor of the Review of Political Economy and served as Treasurer of the Eastern Economic Association for over two decades. His main research areas are poverty and income distribution, post-Keynesian macroeconomics, and the history of economic thought. Over his career, Pressman has published more than 170 articles in refereed journals and as book chapters, and has authored or edited 17 books, including Understanding Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2015). A New Guide to Post Keynesian Economics (Routledge, 2001), Alternative Theories of the State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and 50 Major Economists (Routledge, 2013), which has reached its third edition and has been translated into five different languages. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, and frequently appears on radio and TV to talk about economic issues.



Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom

Franklin Obeng-Odoom teaches urban economics and political economy at the University of Technology Sydney. Franklin's research interests are centred on the political economy of development, cities, and natural resources. His doctoral work in political economy was supervised by Frank Stilwell: a well-known public intellectual and, notably, the doyen of political economy in Australia. He has studied Georgist philosophy and political economy at the Henry George School of Social Science in Chicago, USA and worked on the institutional economics of Richard Theodore Ely and Gunnar Myrdal at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, Switzerland.

Obeng-Odoom's books include Oiling the Urban Economy (Routledge, London), The Myth of Private Property (University of Toronto Press), and Reconstructing Urban Economics (Zed, London), which is listed in the top five entries for the Egon-Matzner-Award for Socio-Economics in 2017. He guest-edited the special issue of the Journal of Australian Political Economy on 'Global Economic Inequalities and Development', a controversial analysis of which forced the Internmational Monetary Fund to issue an official statement in defense of its policies. Franklin is also the substantive Editor of African Review of Economics and Finance and serves on the editorial boards of Urban Challenge, Forum for Social Economics, and The Extractive Industries and Society. Obeng-Odoom's research has generated much academic interest. With its balance and clarity, his work is widely used for instruction at universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. The recipient of a number of reputable research awards, Franklin was named a Dan David Prize Scholar in 2010, a World Social Science Fellow in 2013 and, in 2015, was elected to the Fellowship of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom received the Patrick J. Welch Award from the Association for Social Economics in 2016 and the inaugural Dean's Award for Research Excellence in 2017.


Gbeton Somasse

Gbeton Somasse is Assistant Teaching Professor of economics at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). In the classroom, he helps engineering students understand the world economic and social problems for them to contribute to addressing human needs and social justice. Gbeton’s interests in social economics focus on income distribution, poverty, human capital, labor, and inequality. In 2015, he presented a paper at the 15th ASE World Congress and was the recipient of Elba Collier Award.

Prior to WPI, Gbeton’s professional experience was in the areas of finance, development, and poverty reduction, working with the UNDP and microfinance institutions in Africa. He lives in Worcester, MA, where he is a member and past president of Central Club of Toastmasters International.


Farida C. Khan

Farida C. Khan received a PhD from University of Maryland in 1990. She was Professor of Economics at University of Wisconsin Parkside where she served as Chair of Economics and Director of International Studies. She is currently Chair and Associate Professor at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

She has worked extensively on international trade and development, with a particular focus on South Asia. She consulted with the World Bank in the 1990s. Her edited volumes include Economic Analyses of Contemporary Issues in Bangladesh, Recreating the Commons? NGOs in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Economy in the 21st Century and Money and Macroeconomics. She has various journal articles and book chapters on development, with a focus on income distribution, labor and gender, and, more recently, the effect of development on indigenous peoples and common resources. She is an active member of International Association for Feminist Economics. She has served in leadership capacities in professional organizations such as the Association for Economic Development Studies on Bangladesh, Bangladesh Development Initiative, and Bangladesh Environmental Network.


Zdravka Todorova

I obtained my doctoral degree in economics from UMKC in 2007. I am committed to pluralism and to developing and maintaining the social infrastructure of heterodox economics. ASE is central in building bridges across heterodox approaches and in promoting pluralism and in-depth inquiry within economics. ASE is uniquely positioned to draw and to reach members who do not identify as heterodox economists, yet are concerned about ethics and society. I have published in heterodox journals and volumes, and I have organized many sessions at economics conferences. I am a member of multiple heterodox economics organizations. My organizational experiences within professional associations include serving as the President of the Association for Institutional Thought (2015 – 2016). As a Vice President of AFIT (2014-2015) I prepared the 2015 annual conference program. Among the 24 sessions, for the first time, and after communication with ASE and IAFFE leadership, I ensured to include 4 AFIT/ASE and 3 AFIT/IAFFE panels. I do believe that such co-operation among associations is fruitful. Presently I am finishing a term as the AFEE’s Midwest representative for regional conferences. I have also served on AFEE’s board, including chairing the Membership committee (2011-2012) and on the Nominating committee (2013-2014). Within my own institution I have organized seminars on Social Cost, Neoliberalism, and on Money, and designed a web-platform for those events.

The organizational work and day-to-day running of our associations are vital for the survival of pluralism and for maintaining and expanding an open-minded scholarly community. I am expressing my commitment to contribute to ASE’s organizational needs, and to help facilitate outreach, membership engagement, and visibility of the association.