Meet the Experts

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Mike Konczal

Mike Konczal is a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time Magazine. His writing has appeared in the Boston Review, The American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate, and Dissent, and he’s appeared on PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Marketplace, and more. Follow him @rortybomb.

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J.W. Mason

J. W. Mason is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on the Financialization Project, and an assistant professor of economics at John Jay College, CUNY. His current research focuses on the history and political economy of credit, including the evolution of household debt and changing role of financial markets in business investment. He also works on history of economic thought, particularly the development of macroeconomics over the twentieth century.

He did his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his B.A. is from the University of Chicago. He has recent or forthcoming articles in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics,Economic and Political Weekly, and Rethinking Marxism. In addition to his scholarly work, he has done policy work for the New York Working Families Party, the New York City Independent Budget Office, and the AFL-CIO, and has published popular articles in The Nation, In These Times, The American Prospect, The Baffler, Jacobin, and The New Inquiry, among other venues. He blogs on economics and politics at slackwire.blogspot.com. Follow him @JWMason1.

Nell Abernathy

Nell Abernathy is a Program Manager for the Roosevelt Institute where she focuses on U.S. economic issues, including financial regulation, fiscal policy, and innovation. In previous policy roles, she worked at the Clinton Global Initiative as working group manager for the advanced manufacturing portfolio, and at the Corporation for National and Community Service as deputy project director of the White House-led United We Serve campaign.

Abernathy worked as an economics reporter in emerging markets including Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, China and Abu Dhabi. She spent four years working in Democratic politics on political campaigns and in government for President Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. She holds an MA in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University, and a BA from Brown University. Follow her @nellabernathy.