About Dr. Juan Castro
Dr. Juan R. Castro is a professor of Economics and Finance in the Division of Business at Louisiana College. Born in Honduras, Dr. Castro has lived in the United States for more than 32 years and has planted several Hispanic Baptist churches as he is bilingual in English and Spanish.
With more 23 years as professor and scholar, Dr. Castro has had extended international experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Central America, a consultant for the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), and teaching in several countries such as Austria, South Korea, Spain, Honduras, el Salvador, and Ecuador. He has also served as visiting professor in several business schools in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He worked as a professor with Biola University, in Los Angeles, California, in the University of Letourneau, in Texas, served as a Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business in East Texas Baptist University, and as an instructor for the University of New Orleans. Dr. Castro has corporate experience as Vice-President of Financial Risk Management, for Hibernia National Bank and LAN Administrator for the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Castro has published in topics related to international finance, financial management, and monetary economics. He has also published several books on finance and economics. His most recent textbook (2019), co-authored with his daughter, Esther Castro, is the Principles of Quantitative Finance. Given his strong quantitative and data analytics background, Dr. Castro is looking to use this textbook to teach students and help businesses and banks with forecasting. He is currently working on other books related to Personal Financial Planning.
Most recently, Dr. Castro has been interested in researching how to alleviate poverty through financial education and microfinance. By studying the transmission of financial remittances which have become a major phenomenon in economics and international finance as a main source of income among poor people, the financial support through microfinance to establish small businesses, and getting financial education in which poor people can improve their standard of living. He was awarded SIFE’s HSBC Financial Literacy Award for creating financial and economic opportunity in east Texas by helping the community develop personal financial management skills necessary to achieve financial independence.
- PhD, Finance and Economics, University of New Orleans
- MBA, Finance and Economics, University of New Orleans
- BS, Computer Science, University of New Orleans