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Dr. Deborah M. (Deb) Figart is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. Her students call her “Dr. Deb.” She also served as Founding Director of the Stockton Center for Economic and Financial Literacy from 2010 – 2014 and Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies from 2004 – 2010. Figart joined Stockton’s faculty in 1995 as Associate Professor of Economics, after serving as Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at Eastern Michigan University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from The American University in 1986.

Dr. Figart is the author or editor of 21 books/monographs and over 100 other publications. Her scholarship has focused on worker and economic well-being—issues such as discrimination, job quality, irregular work schedules and the gig economy, casino employment, emotional labor at work, minimum and living wage campaigns, the underbanked and financial literacy, student loans, and public banking initiatives.

Figart has been active in numerous heterodox economic associations since leaving graduate school. She was President of the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) in 2016. Ten years earlier (2006), she served as President of the Association for Social Economics. From 2005 – 2013, she was a Co-Editor of the Review of Social Economy. ASE honored her with the Thomas F. Divine Award for lifetime achievement in 2015 and the Ludwig Mai Service Award in 2010. Figart’s local labor union, the Stockton Federation of Teachers (AFT Local 2275) has recognized her with the Dusty Award for exceptional service as Chief Negotiator among other roles.

Figart is one of the 50 founding members of the International Association for Feminist Economics in 1992. She has served on the editorial boards of the following journals: Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Social Economy, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Review of Political Economy, and Review of Radical Political Economics.

Figart tries to blend scholarly research with policy advocacy. She has authored numerous op-ed essays and blogs on policy issues. She has been regularly sought for interviews with print and electronic media. She has been a supporter of the pay equity movement as a researcher and a consultant. While at Stockton, Figart has written policy briefs and consulted for the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. Two of her widely read reports for the Center are on employee misclassification and the estimated economic impact of a proposed public bank in the State of New Jersey. Figart is currently active as an economic analyst in the campaigns for the proposed State Bank of New Jersey and a public bank in Philadelphia.

Some of her relevant books are:

  • Deborah M. Figart. Stories of Progressive Institutional Change: Challenges to the Neoliberal Economy (Palgrave, 2017).
  • Ellen Mutari and Deborah M. Figart. Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
  • Deborah M. Figart and Tonia L. Warnecke, editors. Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life (Elgar, 2013).
  • Deborah M. Figart and John Marangos, editors. Living Standards and Social Well-Being (Routledge, 2011).
  • Deborah M. Figart, editor. Living Wage Movements: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2004).
  • Deborah M. Figart, Ellen Mutari, and Marilyn Power. Living Wages, Equal Wages: Gender and Labor Market Policies in the United States (Routledge, 2002).
  • Lonnie Golden and Deborah M. Figart. Living Wage Movements: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2004).
  • Ronnie J. Steinberg and Deborah M. Figart, editors. Emotional Labor on the Service Economy (Sage, 1999).
  • Deborah M. Figart and Peggy Kahn. Contesting the Market: Pay Equity and the Politics of Economic Restructuring (Wayne State University Press, 1997).

Deb Figart resides in Philadelphia with Ellen Mutari and two cats: Dewey (named for John Dewey) and Cady (named for Elizabeth Cady Stanton).