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Emma Rasiel

Emma Rasiel is Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center, as well as Associate Chair and Richard Y Li Professor of the Practice of Economics at Duke. Emma’s role includes developing and delivering curricular and extra-curricular programs to Duke undergraduates to improve their preparedness for careers in business and finance. Emma’s regularly taught courses include Practical Financial Markets, Personal Finance, Asset Pricing & Risk Management, and Equity Research, among others. She also enjoys teaching Behavioral Finance each summer on her Duke in London study away program and invites anyone to check out her online Behavioral Finance course, offered on the Coursera teaching platform.


The extra-curricular programs for Duke undergraduates that Emma spearheads include bank-sponsored case study competitions; an alumni-student mentoring program for 80+ students each year; and Spring Mock Interview Days: an annual four-day event in which more than 100 students have mock interviews with 40+ alumni in finance, in preparation for investment bank recruiting season. Emma also works closely with the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke, as the Associate Director of the Master of Engineering in FinTech.


Emma holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Oxford University (1986) and an MBA from the Wharton School (class of 1990). She joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and spent two years in their New York office, subsequently moving to London to spend five years trading European bond options. She was promoted to Executive Director in 1994 and left Goldman in 1997 to pursue further academic studies at Duke. She completed her PhD in finance at the Fuqua School in 2003, moved across campus to the Economics Department, and feels very fortunate that she has been able to remain at Duke ever since.

Emma enjoys horseback riding in the cooler months of the year, water skiing in the warmer ones, and poker all year round.


OFFICE HOURS: In Fall 2023 my walk-in office hours are in Soc Sci 228D (in the DFE Suite):

·       TUESDAYS    1pm – 3pm 

·       THURSDAYS 3pm – 5pm (note the intentionally different times)


My office hours are open to all students, regardless of major/intended major. No appointment necessary! If I am already meeting with someone, please put your name on the whiteboard on the wall outside my office, and wait quietly in the DFE suite until I call you in.