Office: Lewis House
Contact: mchi@drew.edu | (973) 408-3833

  • Econometrics
  • Labor Economics

Miao Chi joined the Drew faculty in 2011, from Rollins College. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professor Chi’s areas of interest include labor and demographic economics, economics of migration, applied microeconomics, and applied econometrics.


  • “Variations in Returns to Naturalization by Country of Origin,” Eastern Economic Journal, 46(1), 106-129, 2020 (with Michael Coon).
  • “Visa Wait Times and Future Earnings: Evidence from the National Survey of College Graduates”, Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, Vol. 2, No. 1-2, 2019 (with Michael Coon).
  • “Improved Legal Status as the Major Source of Earnings Premiums Associated with Intermarriage: Evidence from the 1986 IRCA Amnesty,” Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2017.
  • “Does Intermarriage Promote Economic Assimilation among Immigrants in the United States?” International Journal of Manpower36, No. 7: 1-25, 2015.
  • “How Much is a Green Card Worth? Evidence from Mexican Men Who Marry Women Born in the U.S.,” Labour Economics31: 103-116, December 2014 (with Scott Drewianka).


Office: Lewis House 302
Contact: ymadra@drew.edu | (973) 408-3289

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economics, Development Economics
  • History of Economic Thought

Yahya M. Madra is an associate professor of economics at Drew University, Madison, NJ. Previously he taught economics at Skidmore (2003-2006) and Gettysburg (2007-2011) Colleges and at Boğaziçi University (2011-2016). He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Rethinking Marxism since 1998 and served as an associate editor of the journal between 2010-12. He has published and co-authored articles on various issues in political economy and on the history of recent economics in edited book volumes and a number of academic journals in English and Turkish.  His first monograph titled Late Neoclassical Economics: Restoration of Theoretical Humanism in Contemporary Economic Theory is now availabile from Routledge (2017).  Currently he is working (with Ceren Özselçuk) on a book manuscript tentatively titled, Sexuating Class: A Psychoanalytical Critique of Political Economy.

Research Interests

His research interests include the intellectual history of neoliberal thought in economics, the intersection between Marxian political economy and Lacanian psychoanalysis, and the political economy of economic alternatives.

Selected Publications


  • 2017: Late Neoclassical Economics: Restoration of Theoretical Humanism in Contemporary Economic Theory. London and New York: Routledge.


  • 2017: “Antinomies of Globalization” Markets, Globalization and Development Review. 2(3): Article 2.
  • 2015: “The Decimation and Displacement of Development Economics” (co-authored with Bengi Akbulut and Fikret Adaman) Development and Change. 46(4): 733-761.
  • 2014: “Neoliberal Reason and its Forms: De-Politicization through Economization” (co-authored with Fikret Adaman) Antipode. 46(3): 691-716.
  • 2010: “Public Economics After Neoliberalism: A Historical-Theoretical Perspective” (co-authored with Fikret Adaman) European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. 17(4): 1079-1106.
  • 2010: “Enjoyment as an Economic Factor: Reading Marx with Lacan” (co-authored with Ceren Özselçuk) Subjectivity, 3(3): 323-347.
  • 2005: “Psychoanalysis and Marxism: From Capitalist-all to Communist Non-all” (co-authored with Ceren Özselçuk) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 10(1): 79-97.
  • 2002: “Theorizing the ‘Third Sphere’: A Critique of the Persistence of the ‘Economistic Fallacy’” (co-authored with Fikret Adaman) Journal of Economic Issues 36(4): 1045-1078.


  • 2017: “Neoliberal Turn in the Discipline of Economics: Depoliticization through Economization” (co-authored with Fikret Adaman) in The Sage Handbook of Neoliberalism. Edited by David Cahill, Martijn Konings, and Melinda Cooper. London: Sage, forthcoming.
  • 2017: “Process: Tracing Connections and Consequence” in Marxism without Guarantees: Economics, Knowledge and Class. Edited by Ted Burczak, Rob Garnett and Ric McIntyre. London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • 2015: “Creating Spaces for Communism: Post-capitalist Desire in Hong Kong, Philippines and Western Massachusetts” (co-authored with Ceren Özselçuk) in Making Other Worlds Possible. Edited by Goerda Roelvink, JK Gibson-Graham, and Kevin St. Martin. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 127-52.


  • 2016: “Democratic Economy Conference: An Introductory Note” South Atlantic Quarterly 115(1), 211-222.
  • 2015: “The party and post-capitalist politics: A missed encounter?” (co-authored with Ceren Özselçuk) Rethinking Marxism 27(3), 360-363.
  • 2014: “The Economy: Hitting the Wall” (with Fikret Adaman, Bengi Akbulut, and Şevket Pamuk) The Middle East in London 10(3), 7-8.


Office: Lewis House 103
jolmsted@drew.edu | (973) 408-3417

  • Social Entrepreneurship Semester
  • Global Economy
  • Gender and Globalization

Jennifer Olmsted is currently Professor of Economics and Director of Middle East Studies at Drew University. She is also the director of Drew University’s Social Entrepreneurship semester. She previously served as the Gender Advisor at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and has also been a consultant for UN ESWCA, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, and the World Bank. She completed her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, her Master’s in Agricultural Economics and her PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Olmsted was a guest editor of and also contributing author to a 2014 issue of Feminist Economics focusing on gender and economics in Muslim communities. She has also published numerous other articles, in a range of books volumes and journals including in History of the Family, Industrial Relations, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum, and World Development, among others.

Research Interests

Her areas of specialization include gender, development, and globalization with a particular focus on the Middle East and Muslim communities more broadly. Her current research focuses on gender issues related to sustainability, as well as on the role that armed conflict plays in (re)shaping norms and economic opportunities and challenges.

Publications | CV




  • Gender and Globalization: The Iranian Experience, in Globalization, Islamism and Women in Iran, edited by R. Bahramitash and H. Esfahani, Syracuse U. Press 2011
  • La géographie importe-t-elle ou doit-elle importer en économie? French translation of  “Does/Should Geography Matter for the Discipline of Economics?” in Les sciences sociales en voyage: le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord vus d’Europe, d’Amerique et de l’interieur, edited by Eberhard Kienle, Paris, Editions Karthala / IREMAM 2009
  • (Revisiting) The Question of Gender, Education, Employment and Fertility in MENA,  (in Spanish) in Población y Desarrollo en el Mediterráneo: Transiciones demográficas y Desigualdades socio-económicas, Edited by Tomás Jiménez Araya, IEMED and UNFPA joint project, Editorial ICARIA, Barcelona, 2009
  • The Myth of the Borderless World – Resisting (Post)colonial Economic Hegemony in Palestine, in M. Murphy and S. Dayal, Global Babel: Questions of Discourse and Communication in a Time of Globalization, pp. 229-248, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 2007.
  • ‘Globalization’ Denied: Gender and Poverty in Iraq and Palestine, in The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Armed Repression, and Women’s Poverty, edited by Amalia Cabezas, Ellen Reese, and Marguerite Waller, pp. 178-233, Paradigm, Boulder, Colorado, 2007.
  • Introduction, Gender Impact of Trade Liberalization in the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] Region, pp. 8-13, Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), Tunis, Tunisia, 2006.
  • Structuring a Pension Scheme for a Future Palestinian State, with Edward Sayre in Economic Policy for Palestine, edited by David Cobham and Nu’man Kanafani, pp. 143-171, Routledge, London 2004.
  • Orientalism and Economic Methods – (Re)reading Feminist Economic Texts, in Postcolonialism Meets Economics, edited by Eiman Zein-Elabdin and S. Charusheela, pp. 162-182, Routledge, London, 2004.
  • Reexamining the Fertility Puzzle in the Middle East and North Africa, in Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy and Society, edited by Eleanor Doumato and Marsha Pripstein-Posusney, pp. 73-92, Lynne Rienner, Boulder, CO, 2003.
  • Politics, Economics and (Virtual) Water: A Discursive Analysis of Water Policies in the Middle East and North Africa, with J. A. Allan, in Food and Agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa, Hans Lofgren (Ed.), Vol. 5 of Research in Middle East Economics, pp. 53-78, JAI/Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2003.
  • Men’s Work/Women’s Work: Employment, Wages and Occupational Segregation in Bethlehem, in The Economics of Women and Work in the Middle East and North Africa, E. Mine Cinar (Ed.), Vol. 4 of Research in Middle East Economics, pp. 151-174, JAI/Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2001.


Office: Lewis House 301
Contact: msafri@drew.edu | (973) 408-3202

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Political Economy

Maliha Safri is an associate professor in the economics department at Drew University, and has taught and published on political economy and migration.  She has published articles in Signs, the Middle East Journal, edited book collections, and most recently a piece in the Economist’s Voice titled “The Economics of Occupation.” She has also been involved with popular education seminars and courses with activists for twelve years with the Center For Popular Economics, based at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and has been active with worker cooperatives in the NJ and NY metropolitan area.


Journal Articles
  • “Occupation, Economic Policies, and Outcomes in Afghanistan” accepted at Review of Radical Political Economy.
  • “Putting Solidarity Economy on the Map” Journal of Design Strategies, forthcoming.
  • 2015: “Mapping Noncapitalist Supply Chains: Toward an Alternate Conception of Value Creation and Distribution” Organization. 22(6): 924-941.
  • 2012: “The Economics of Occupation” March, The Economist’s Voice. 9(3).
  • 2011: “Transformation of the Afghan Refugee, 1979-2009” Middle East Journal. 65(4): 587-601.
  • 2010: “The Global Household: Toward a Feminist and Postcapitalist Political Economy” (co-authored with Julie Graham) Signs, 36(1): 99-125.
Book Chapters
  • 2015: “The Edges of Vision in Mapping Solidarity Economies: Gender and Race in US cities” in Une économie solidaire peut-être être féministe? Homo oeconomicus, mulier solidaria. Edited by Christine Verschuur, Isabelle Guerin, and Isabelle Hillenkamp. L’Harmattan publishers.
  • 2015: Chapter 10: “International Migration and the Global Household: Performing Diverse Economies on the World Stage,” and Chapter 12: “The Politics of Mapping Solidarity Economies and Diverse Economies in Brazil and the United States” in Making Other Worlds Possible edited by Goerda Roelvink, JK Gibson-Graham, and Kevin St. Martin, University of Minnesota Press.
  • 2014: “The Modern Mixed Political Economy of Pakistan,” in Dispatches from Pakistan edited by Vijay Prashad and Madiha Tahir, University of Minnesota Press.
  • 2009: “Economic Effects of Remittances on Immigrant and Non-immigrant Households” chapter in Class Struggle on the Home Front: Work, Exploitation, and Conflict in the Household. Edited by Graham Cassano.
Book Reviews and other published pieces
  • “Class and Cooperatives” Rethinking Marxism, Spring 2011.
  • “Transition and Development in India” Rethinking Marxism 19(1) 2007
  • “Dreaming Big: Democracy in the Global Economy” (with Eray Duzenli) Rethinking Marxism 16(4) 2004


Office: Lewis House 203
Contact: bsmith@drew.edu | (973) 408-3595

  • American Economic History
  • Comparative Economic History
  • Microeconomics

Bernard Smith is an Associate Professor of Economics and has been teaching at Drew University since 1986. He earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration (with a concentration in Economics) from the University of Florida in 1977 and a PhD. degree in Economics from Yale University in 1989. His teaching interests include Micro- and Macro- Economic Theory, American Economic History, and the Political Economy and History of European Integration. He has directed Drew semester abroad programs and Drew International seminars in London, UK and Brussels, Belgium.  His work has appeared in the Business History Review (Cambridge University Press) and in the collected volume, The American Garment Industry and American Jewry: 1860-1960 (Texas Tech University Press).

Research Interests

He is an economic historian with research interests in late 19th century industrial history and labor relations and has done research on the origin and development of the garment industry in the US, focusing on its organizational structure and employment relations, and exploring the role that immigration has played in its development.

Selected Publications/Working Papers

  • “Market Development, Industrial Development: The Case of the American Corset Trade, 1860 1920,”Business History Review, Volume 65, Spring 1991 (Graduate School of
  • Business Administration, Harvard University Press).
  • The Ready-Made Menswear Industry of Rochester, New York 1848-1900″ in A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry. (Texas Tech University Press 2006)
  • Book review of Fig Leaves and Fortune: A Fashion Company Named Warnaco by John
  • W. Field, which appeared in Business History Review, Spring 1992.