Dr. Cynthia Bansak is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics atSt. Lawrence University. Prior to her current position, she was anAssistant Professor at San Diego State University and an Economist atthe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She received aPh.D. in economics from the University of California at San Diego and aB.A. in economics from Yale University. Her research and teachinginterests fall broadly within the area of applied econometrics, with aparticular focus in the fields of labor economics and monetary policy. She has published research on immigration, regarding the effect ofemployer sanctions on wages and examining the relationship betweenbanking and remittances. In addition, her current work explores aspectsof poverty alleviation programs in the U.S. such as the PersonalResponsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) and theimpact of remittances on educational attainment in Nepal. At SLU Dr.Bansak is offering courses in econometrics, macroeconomics, the FedChallenge, and money and banking.