Dr. Cynthia Bansak is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. Prior to her current position, she was an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University and an Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at San Diego and a B.A. in economics from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests fall broadly within the area of applied econometrics, with a particular focus in the fields of labor economics and monetary policy. She has published research on immigration, regarding the effect of employer sanctions on wages and examining the relationship between banking and remittances. In addition, her current work explores aspects of poverty alleviation programs in the U.S. such as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) and the impact of remittances on educational attainment in Nepal. At SLU Dr. Bansak is offering courses in econometrics, macroeconomics, the Fed Challenge, and money and banking.