Faculty Profile

Ebru Kongar

(she/her/hers)Professor of Economics (2003)

Contact Information


Althouse Hall Room 212


  • B.S., Bogazici University-Turkey, 1996
  • Ph.D., University of Utah, 2003

2024-2025 Academic Year

Fall 2024

WGSS 202 Political Economy of Gender
Cross-listed with ECON 230-01 and SOCI 227-01. Political Economy of Gender adopts a gender-aware perspective to examine how people secure their livelihoods through labor market and nonmarket work. The course examines the nature of labor market inequalities by gender, race, ethnicity and other social categories, how they are integrated with non-market activities, their wellbeing effects, their role in the macroeconomy, and the impact of macroeconomic policies on these work inequalities. These questions are examined from the perspective of feminist economics that has emerged since the early 1990s as a heterodox economics discourse, critical of both mainstream and gender-blind heterodox economics. While we will pay special attention to the US economy, our starting point is that there is one world economy with connections between the global South and the North, in spite of the structural differences between (and within) these regions.

SOCI 227 Political Economy of Gender
Cross-listed with ECON 230-01 and WGSS 202-01.

ECON 230 Political Economy of Gender
Cross-listed with SOCI 227-01 and WGSS 202-01.

ECON 278 Inter Microeconomic Theory
Neoclassical theory of relative prices of commodities and productive services under perfect and imperfect competition. The role of prices in the allocation and distribution of resources and commodities. Economic behavior of individual economic units like consumers, firms, and resource owners. Prerequisite: 111 and MATH 170.

WGSS 302 Gender and Development
Cross-listed with INST 351-01 and ECON 351-01. This course examines the gender dimensions of economic development and globalization from the perspective of feminist economics. This perspective implies foregrounding labor, broadly defined to include paid and unpaid work, and examining gender differences in work, access to resources, and wellbeing outcomes, and how these are affected by macroeconomic policies and how gender inequalities are relevant for societal wellbeing. Since the early 1980's economic globalization has been achieved on the basis of a common set of macroeconomic policies pursued in industrial and developing countries alike. These policies frame both the gender-differentiated impacts of policy and the initiatives that are implemented to reduce inequalities between men and women. The main objective of the course is to examine the impact of these policies on men and women in the global South (a.k.a. developing countries/Third World) on gender inequalities and to evaluate the policies/strategies for reducing gender inequalities and promoting the well-being of all people. The pursuit of these objectives will entail first a brief examination of the central tenets of feminist economics and an historical overview of the policy-oriented field of gender and development. Gender-differentiated statistics will be reviewed as they pertain to the topics under discussion. Prerequisite: For ECON 351: ECON 288; For INST 351: ECON 288 or INST 200 or INBM 200; For WGSS 302: at least one WGSS course or ECON 288.

ECON 351 Gender and Development
Cross-listed with INST 351-01 and WGSS 302-01.

INST 351 Gender and Development
Cross-listed with ECON 351-01 and WGSS 302-01.

ECON 550 Independent Research