Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, N.C.
Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D., has dedicated her personal and professional lives to creating opportunities for economic advancement for minorities. In so doing, the noted author, labor economist, and radio and TV commentator effectively is creating the change she wishes to see in the world. “I love Black folks and my latest book, Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History, is a tribute to that love,” she states.
In the three short years of Malveaux’s presidency at Bennett College for Women, the country’s oldest historically Black college for women, the institution has received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has embarked on a $21 million capital improvements program, the first major campus construction in 25 years.
With a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Boston College, Malveaux has contributed to academic life for more than two decades, serving on faculty or as a visiting faculty at the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California (Berkeley), College of Notre Dame, Michigan State University and Howard University. Her writings have been published in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. magazine, Essence magazine and the Progressive, in addition to weekly columns that have been printed in newspapers nationwide between 1990 and 2003.
When she isn’t lending her hand, and her inimitable voice, to create social change, Malveaux enjoys relaxing with a good book. “I am passionate about the printed word and read when I am happy, mad, lonely and sad. In retirement, I would love to own a bookstore,” she says. Before retirement comes, however, Malveaux will surely continue to inform public opinion on such often-contentious topics as race, culture and gender, and how issues within those topics impact the economy.