Advisory Board

Prof. Caroline Shenaz Hossein


Caroline Shenaz Hossein is Associate Professor of Business & Society in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the Founder of the Diverse Solidarity Economies (DiSE) Collective. Author of Politicized Microfinance: Money, power and violence in the Black Americas (University of Toronto Press, 2016)–winner of the 2019 Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Argawal Book prize from the International Feminist Economics Association and co-winner of the 2018 Du Bois Distinguished Book Award. She is the editor of The Black Social Economy: Exploring community-based diverse markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and co-author of Business & Society: A Critical Introduction (Zed, 2017). Currently she is working on her fourth book project, Mutual Aid Groups among Immigrant Women and a documentary on cooperatives by Black Canadian women. She holds a PhD in Political Science (University of Toronto), an MPA (Cornell University), an LL.B (University of Kent at Canterbury) and BA (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax). Dr. Hossein holds a 2017-20 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s Insight Development Grant for a project titled ‘African Origins in the Social Economy’ and 2018 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario government examining social innovation among the African diaspora and racialized small businesses. She has held visiting fellowships from IDS-University of Guyana, Inter-University in Haiti, University of West Indies/Mona, Jamaica, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia and Jadavapur University in Kolkata, India. For a decade, Dr. Hossein worked in global non-profits, including managing a community bank in Niger, West Africa. See more on her personal website>>>