- Carthage College
Professor Catherine R. Lau has spent her career working in the banking and financial services industries in New York. She was an assistant treasurer and vice president at Credit Lyonnais from 1985 to 1998, and then served two years as a senior director at Fitch Ratings. In 2000, she moved to XL Capital Assurance Inc., where she spent eight years as managing director. She has also served as a consultant for Paloma Capital in Greenwich, Conn. (2009) and as a consultant and credit analyst for Deutsche Bank, A.G., in New York (2008).
Prof. Lau’s teaching career includes positions at several colleges and universities. She comes to Carthage from the Department of Finance at Western Connecticut State University, where she was a visiting professor in 2012. She has taught economics at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and for the Taiwan Representative Office of Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business Executive Education Program. She worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Hunter College from 2009 to 2011. She also has been an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, and Purchase College SUNY. At Carthage, she teaches many courses in economics and finance, including Principles of Corporate Finance, International Finance, Principles of Macroeconomics, Portfolio Management and Security Analysis, and more. She is the faculty advisor for the CFA Challenge and the Fed Challenge.
Prof. Lau earned her Ph.D. in economics from City University of New York Graduate Center in June 2012. She also holds an M.Phil. in economics from City University of New York Graduate Center and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University. She earned her bachelor of arts in economics from State University of New York at Albany, graduating summa cum laude.
No Annual Fee Credit Cards
Professor Lau gives her input on credit cards and credit card fees. (WalletHub, July 29, 2019)
Our clear priorities, challenges: Working toward more transportation and housing options
Prof. Lau gives her insights at a panel discussion, “Navigating the New Economy: The Booming Border”. (Wired Focus Tech News, July 7, 2019)
Kenosha area leaders call for increased tech job training efforts
Prof. Lau gives her input on unemployment and job training in Wisconsin. (Wis Business, June 18, 2019)
Booming Economy Brings New Challenges
Prof. Lau participated in a panel discussion on June 17 to discuss the changes needed for our local economy and its fast-paced growth. (Kenosha News, June 17, 2019)
Ethical dilemmas play out in Carthage classroom
Prof.Lau discusses ethical decisions after listening to a guest lecture in one of her classes. (Kenosha News, May 10, 2019)
2019 Foreign Transaction Fee Survey
Prof. Lau gives expert financial advice on foreign transaction fees. (WalletHub, April 29, 2019)
2019’s Best Credit Cards for Excellent Credit
Prof. Lau shares her finance expertise with WalletHub, helping consumers earn the best possible credit score in 2019. (WalletHub, January 2, 2019)
Professor Catherine R. Lau teaches courses in economics and finance. She spent more than 20 years working in the banking and financial services industries in New York and has held teaching positions at several colleges and universities.
Chair, Accounting and Finance Department; Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, and Economics
- Ph.D. — Economics, City University of New York Graduate Center, June 2012
- M.Phil. — Economics, City University of New York Graduate Center
- M.B.A. — Finance, New York University
- B.A. — Economics, State University of New York at Albany (summa cum laude)
- Principles of Corporate Finance
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Money and Banking
- International Finance
- Portfolio Management and Security Analysis
- Senior Seminar
- The Economics of Love and Sex
- Ethical Dilemmas in Business and Life