Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein
Caroline Shenaz Hossein is Associate Professor of Business & Society in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. Author of Politicized Microfinance: Money, power and violence in the Black Americas – winner of the 2018 Du Bois Distinguished Book Award (University of Toronto Press, 2016); 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 group banking systems by racialized Canadians. 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 2017-19 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 enterprises and diaspora businesses in the GTA, London and Ottawa. In 2018, she was named of the York Research Leaders alongside many wonderful colleagues. She holds a Visiting Professorship (2018) at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia where she examines African economic cooperative systems such as Equub and Idir. Then, she will be an Adjunct Fellow (2018-19) at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India. For a decade, Dr. Hossein worked in global non-profits, including managing a community bank in Niger, West Africa. The idea of lived experience in business is part of her DNA, she hails from a line of small business people and her Grenadian-born Trinidadian-based great-grandmother ran a susu with hundreds of members, a long-lasting African tradition.