Dr. Danielle Lewis

Dr. Danielle Lewis

Brief bio: Danielle Lewis is the Joyce Junghans Professor of Finance at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and the President of Lewis, Terrell & Associates.

After teaching economics for seven years at Kansas State, Southeastern and the University of New Orleans, as a Visiting Professor in their Innsbruck, Austria program, Dr. Lewis shifted her teaching career to finance earning tenure at Southeastern in 2001. Her areas of specialization are money, banking and real estate, but she also teaches courses in corporate finance and international finance.

Dr. Lewis also serves as President of Lewis, Terrell & Associates in Baton Rouge, LA.  Lewis, Terrell & Associates engages in economic impact studies, and economic damage assessments relating to disasters such as hurricanes, oil spills, and floods to personal injury cases.  They also engage in studies that shed light on local tax policies and strategic business decisions facing a client.


Degrees:  Dr. Lewis graduated from the University of Kansas in 1991 where she earned a BA degree in economics.  She graduated from Kansas State University in 1996 where she earned MA and PhD degrees in economics. 



Dr. Lewis’ dissertation focused on a model explaining the incongruent incentives that regulators faced during the Savings & Loan Crisis.  The dissertation won the Best Paper Award at the Missouri Valley Economics Association Conference and was later published in the Journal of Economics.

Dr. Lewis advised a team of finance students in the Conference of State Bank Supervisors Community Bank Case Study Competition focusing on First Guaranty’s Small Business Loan Portfolio in Spring 2016.  They were awarded 1st prize competing against 33 other universities nationwide.  They were invited to present their work to an audience of bankers, regulators and Federal Reserve Bank System leaders at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.


Selected publications: She has published over 15 articles in journals such as The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Risk and Insurance, Real Estate Economics, The Journal of Real Estate, Finance and Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research generally focusing on Bayesian stochastic frontier models estimating financial efficiencies; most recently focusing on potential cost synergies associated with mergers and acquisitions.