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  • B.A. (Hons.), Saint Mary's University, Halifax
  • LL.B., University of Kent at Canterbury
  • MPA, Cornell University
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto

Caroline Shenaz Hossein

Associate Professor


Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein is a Canada Research Chair for Africana Development & Feminist Political Economy (tier 2). She is Associate Professor of Global Development as well as cross-appointed to the graduate programme of Political Science at the University of Toronto where she teaches the core development course to PhD students. She is Founder of Diverse Solidarity Economies (DISE) Collective and she holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2018-2025) and was previously funded by SSHRC (2017-2020). Hossein serves as board member to the International Association of Feminist Economics, advisor to Oxford University Press, editorial board member to the U.N. Task Force for the Social and Solidarity Economy, Review for Black Political Economy and Kerala University’s Journal ‘Polity & Society’. Hossein is the author of ‘Politicized Microfinance’ (2016), co-author of ‘Critical Introduction to Business and Society’ (2017); editor of ‘The Black Social Economy’ (2018), co-editor of ‘Community Economies in the Global South’ (2022) and ‘Beyond Racial Capitalism: Cooperatives in the African Diaspora’ (2023). Her forthcoming books are ‘The Banker Ladies’ with University of Toronto Press and ‘Co-operativism’ with Cambridge University Press. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked for 9 years in global non-profits and 8 years in consulting to the World Bank, UNDP, USAID, IRC, CIDA, IADB, and the Aga Khan Foundation. You can follow her on Twitter @carolinehossein

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Development
  • Political Economy
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Gender and Development
  • Intersectionality
  • Black Feminist Theory

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