Karen Lewis

Joseph and Ida Sondheimer Professor in International Economics and Finance
The Wharton School 

Karen Lewis is the Joseph and Ida Sondheimer Professor of International Economics and Finance and Professor of Finance at the Wharton School. She is also a Professor of Economics in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences and a former co-director of Wharton’s Weiss Center for International Financial Research.

She started her academic career at the Stern School for Business of New York University before moving to Wharton, where she has taught courses in international financial markets and multinational corporate finance. Her policy and research interests are international asset pricing and risk management, globalization of financial markets, and firm financing as well as their access to financial services. Her research has been published in a number of leading journals.

Lewis has also been a consultant at various central banks and international organizations including the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Israel, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the International Monetary Fund. She is a senior fellow at the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago.