Lynda Pickbourn


  • Associate Professor of Gender Studies
  • Chair of Gender Studies
Lynda Pickbourn-Smith

Lynda Pickbourn is Associate Professor and Chair of Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Her research interests are in feminist economics and the political economy of development in Africa. She has published work on economic methodology and on issues related to gender and economic development in Africa, including aid effectiveness, women’s migration, informal employment and green industrial policy. Her work has appeared in journals such as Feminist Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development and World Development and in edited volumes, including the Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics. She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled ‘Moving to Survive: Women Migrants and the Quest for Sustainable Development in Africa’. She is a member of the African Economic Research Consortium and serves on the boards of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) and the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE). She is also an Associate Editor of the journal Feminist Economics. A graduate of the University of Ghana, she earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Areas of Expertise

Economic development, Feminist economics, Political economy


  • PhD, MA University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA University of Ghana

Recent Honors

Pickbourn, L. 2023. Invited panel presentation on Leveraging Commodities for Sustainable Economic Development at the 2023 Joint Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly on October 10, 2023.

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