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Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance and Economics


Phone Number: (334) 833-4452
Office and/or Address: Wilson Center, Room 204


  • Ph.D., Touro University International
  • M.B.A., American University of Beirut
  • B.S., Beirut University


Academic Interests

  • The severity of financial crises, exchange rate regimes, capital controls, and institutional variables
  • Flexible versus fixed exchange rate systems and their effect on long-term economic growth
  • The IMF and the World Bank; economic crisis and development
  • The European Monetary Union
  • Leadership and culture and their effect on motivation and productivity

Conferences and Significant Publications

  • EconEd: Assigning Homework in a World with ChatGPT. October 11, 2023.
  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Jerome Powell Townhall Meeting With Educators. September 28, 2023.
  • EconEd: AI’s Potential Impact on Labor Markets, September, 26, 2023.
  • China and Russia: The new balance of Power, April 14, 2023
  • Webinar: Teaching 2 year and 4 year students, MacMillan Learning, Feb, 22, 2023
  • ASSA (American Economic Association) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Jan.6-8, 2023
  • 20th Annual St. Louis Fed Professors Conference (virtual), Nov. 3-4, 2022
  • Webinar: Scaffolding Assignments to Build Success” MacMillan Learning, March 30, 2022
  • Webinar: “If Economics is So Important Why Are So Few People Listening?” Charles Wheelan, March 15, 2022
  • ASSA Annual Meeting (virtual), Jan. 7-9 2022
  • 19th Annual St. Louis Fed Professors Conference Nov. 4-5, 2021
  • NETA 17th Annual Economic Teaching Conference: “Great Teaching Prevails,” October 28-29, 2021 
  • EconEd 2021 Virtual Conference, October 7, 14, 21, 2021 
  • Harvard Business Publishing Education: Designing Better Courses: Blending the Best of Pre- and Post-Pandemic Pedagogy, July 21st, 2021.
  • Harvard Business Publishing Education, “Inside Harvard Business School’s MBA and Executive Education: Perspectives on a Year of Challenges and Innovation—and Planning for the Future webinar”. June 2nd, 2021.
  • Harvard Business Publishing Education “Reducing Cognitive Load: Focusing on What Matters in Online and Hybrid Teaching” Webinar, , April 22, 2021 
  • Harvard Business Publishing Education, “How the Pandemic Made Me a Better Educator” Webinar, Feb. 3, 2021
  • ASSA Virtual Annual Meeting, Jan. 3-5, 2021
  • EconEd 2020 Virtual Conference, October 15-16, 2020
  • Hawks Learning Live Webinar: Using Zoom to Engage Your Students, October 2, 2020
  • Harvard Business Publishing Webinar: Designing a Curriculum for Online and Hybrid Classes, July 9, 2020
  • The Symposium on Economic Teaching, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 23-25, 2020
  • Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society 25th chapter anniversary meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 24-26, 2019
  • ASSA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 4-6, 2019
  • AIRLEAP Conference, “Public and Private Ethics in Economics: Leadership and Transparency in Economic Analysis and Policy” St. Charles, Missouri, October 5-6, 2018
  • AIRLEAP Conference paper presentation: “Financial Crises, Corporate Scandals, and the Role of Ethics in Teaching Economics and Finance, and Graduating Responsible Leaders”, October 5, 2018
  • SACSCOC Institutional Effectiveness Evaluator Training Workshop, Montgomery, Alabama, September 28, 2018
  • Session Chair, “Improving Standards and Beliefs in Economic Practice,”     AIRLEAP Conference, St. Charles, Missouri, October 2017
  • AIRLEAP Conference, “An Urgency for Evidence and Transparency in Economic Analysis and Policy,” St. Charles, Missouri, October 2017
  • SACS-COC Small College Initiative, Atlanta, April 2016
  • SACS-COC Substantive Change Workshop, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 2016
  • SACS-COC Conference, Houston, Texas, December 2015
  • SAIR (Southern Association of Institutional Research) Conference, Savannah, Georgia, October 2015
  • ALAIR (Alabama Association of Institutional Research) Conference, Eufaula, Alabama, April 2015
  • SACS-COC Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, December 2014
  • SAIR Annual Forum, Sandestin, Florida, October 2014
  • AIR Annual Forum, Orlando, Florida, May 2014
  • SACS-COC Conference, Atlanta, December 2013
  • Presentation at the Faculty Forum on “Depression,” entitled, “Financial Economics as a Discipline.” This was accompanied by a synopsis of the 2007–2009 Financial Crisis; February 2011
  • Participation in the Presidential Colloquy and panel discussion on US/Korean relationship.  Wrote a brief synopsis entitled, US-Korea Economic Relations,” January 2011
  • Paper Publication: “Solving the Current Account Puzzle: Capital Flows and the Contagion Effect of Financial Crises,” published in the Scientific Journal International, Journal of Economics, Banking and Finance, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008.
  • Advisory Board, “Scientific Journal International,” 2008
  • SACS-COC Leadership Team Orientation Meeting, Jan. 28, 2008
  • Editorial Review Board, “Scientific Journal International,” 2007–Present
  • Paper Publication: “Financial Crises, Panic, and Contagion: Evidence from a Cross-Country Comparison Using Two Time Frames,” published by Scientific Journal International, Journal of Business and Public Affairs, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2007.
  • Paper Presentation: “Financial Crises, Panic, and Contagion: Evidence from a Cross-Country Comparison Using Two Time Frames,” presented at the Gulf Coast Economics Association Conference on Economics Teaching in Houston, Texas, October 2006.
  • Austrian Economics Scholars Conference at Auburn University; Auburn, Alabama. Spring 2006.
  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Conferences in Atlanta, Georgia; December 2005.
  • Dissertation: “Institutional Variables, Capital Controls, Exchange Rates, and the Severity of Financial Crises: A Cross Country Comparison,” November 2004.
  • Austrian Economics Scholars Conference at Auburn University; Auburn, Alabama. 2001.
  • World Congress of Social Economics: “Social Economies in Transition,” Verona, Italy. 1994.
  • Chaired a Panel on Russia’s Economy, at the 7th World Congress of Social Economics. 1994.
  • Teaching Macroeconomics Conference: Pedagogical approaches. Miami University; Oxford, Ohio. 1994.
  • Economic Development in Alabama Conference at Auburn University, Montgomery; Montgomery, Alabama. 1994.
  • Thesis: “Increasing Productivity Through Selected Motivation Techniques with Reference to the Banking Sector.” 1986.


“The small environment at Huntingdon provides a unique, warm atmosphere that nurtures meaningful interactions with students. A faculty member has the opportunity to really teach, transmit knowledge, and have an impact.”


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