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Nancy Leigh Sowers
Dr. Nancy Leigh Sowers
Professor of Finance, Chair for the Department of Economics and Business, Director of Financial Capabilities|Economics and Business
Dr. Nancy Leigh Sowers
Office Location
Draper Building, 118C
Office Hours
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm in Draper 118C and by appointment.
  • BUS 368: Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • BUS 366: Financial Management
  • BUS/ECO 357: International Finance
  • BUS 346: Investment Analysis
  • GSTR 110: Writing Seminar I: Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
  • GST 110B: Financial Literacy

My teaching right now is driven by three beliefs:
1. “No one will look after your money like you do.” It is important to understand the basics of financial literacy wellness to have the life after college that you deserve.
2. “The finance industry is desperately seeking to be inclusive and is looking for bright minds with different backgrounds.” You can get the value added you need through Berea’s Economics and Business Department and go on to Wall Street if that is what you choose.
3. “Cross the river by feeling for the stones” (摸着石头过河Deng Xiaoping). China approaches markets very differently than the West, and developing some understanding of that perspective will serve all of us well for the coming decades of competition that we face.

Whether your interest is personal finance, corporate finance, or international finance, we will get you ready for the world beyond Berea in a close close-knit learning community with lots of opportunities.

I earned my A.B. in Economics from Sweet Briar College in 1985 after spending my junior year abroad at Oxford University. I moved on to earn my M.A. in 1991 and my Ph.D. in 1999 in Economics from Claremont Graduate University in California. I wanted to teach and make a difference in young people’s lives. I started in a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Georgetown College, and over 15 years, worked my way to tenure and promotion to full Professor. I added the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation to my accomplishments in 2012. In 2015, I jumped at the opportunity to come to Berea College to teach finance, earning tenure and the promotion to Full Professor, again, in 2021.

I teach most of the finance concentration classes, as well as personal finance, and I direct the new, MoneyWi$e 101 project through the Labor Program. Team-teaching in the Berea Bridge Program was a joy with classes like, “Data Literacy: Dealing Effectively with Scarcity and Noise,” and “Understanding Modern China.” Indeed, my most rewarding professional development experience at Berea College comes from a three-year program, hosted by the East West Center in Hawaii, with a group of Berea colleagues to add Chinese studies to our curriculum.

Faculty Advisor for the Berea College Motley Fool Investment Club 
One opportunity for students to explore is the Investment Club. We are a Labor Program Department, providing one primary and 5 secondary positions for students interested in investing college donated funds in the stock market. Starting with $100,000 in 2017, club members invest in long only stocks and ETFs that they research and believe in. All students are invited to participate in decisions, to ask questions, and to make recommendations. A link to performance for the club can be found here.

  • CFA Charter, Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, 2012
  • Ph.D. Economics, Claremont Graduate University, 1999
  • M.A. Economics, Claremont Graduate University, 1991
  • A.B. Economics, Sweet Briar College, 1989
Publications & Works
  • Faculty Advisor to the Berea College-Motley Fool Investment Club 2017-present; Director of Financial Capabilities in the MoneyWiSe Initiative; Most recent sabbatical leave for 2022-2023 academic year doing research and work on financial literacy in underserved college populations; started at Berea College in Fall 2015.

    Peer Reviewed Publications since arriving at Berea College:

    “The Belt and Road Initiative: An Integrative Subject for Interdisciplinary Studies about China.”
    Co-written with Jianfen Wang, Education About Asia, (forthcoming spring 2023).

    Invest in Your Financial Literacy: A guide for financial decision making.
    Co-written with J. Ian Norris, First edition, Cognella Press, San Diego, CA, (2023).

    “The Global Crisis and Crime: A Look into Manufacturing Firms.”
    co-written with Halil Kaya, SocioEconomic Challenges, (volume 4 (3), September 2020), p 66-77.

    “Buy and Hold in the New Age of Stock Market Volatility: A Story about ETFs.” co-written with Rohnn Sanderson, International Journal of Financial Studies. (volume 6(3) 79, September 2018), p. 1-14.

    “Does Fed Policy affect Blockholder Behavior in U.S. Publicly Traded Firms?”
    co-written with Halil Kaya, Investment Management and Financial Innovations (volume 14 (1-1), May 2017), p. 153-159.

    “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto: pulling back the curtain on a new institution,”
    co-written with Sarah M. Jones, Beth Kelly, Connie Lamb, Maggie Robillard, and C. Broughton Anderson,
    Proceedings of the 2016 Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching November 2016 (April 2017).

    “Composition of Blockholders in Publicly Traded Companies,”
    co-written with Halil D. Kaya, Corporate Ownership and Control (volume 14 (2), Winter 2017).

    "Can Formative Peer Review Ease the Transition for Experienced New Faculty?"
    co-written with Sarah M. Jones, Beth Kelly, Connie Lamb, Maggie Robillard, C. Broughton Anderson, and Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens,
    Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal (volume 9 (1), July 2016).