Faculty Bio


Karen L. Hamilton, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Finance Office: DeArment G-1
Tel: 617-243-2246
Email: KHamilton@lasell.edu

Department: Accounting and Finance


  • Ph.D. Business Administration, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • M.Ed. Instructional Systems, Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley, PA
  • BSBA Finance, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI


  • BUSS 203 Financial Management
  • BUSS 207 Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  • BUSS 312 Risk Management
  • BUSS 321 Property and Liability Insurance
  • BUSS 323 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • BUSS 327 Life, Health and Disability Insurance
  • BUSS 331 Money and Capital Markets
  • BUSS 333 Estate Planning and Trust
  • BUSS 406 Financial Strategy


Dr. Karen L. Hamilton joined the faculty at Lasell College in September 2015. She serves as Associate Professor of Finance in the Department of Accounting and Finance and teaches a variety of finance, risk management, insurance and financial planning classes for the College. She is actively involved in establishing relationships between Lasell students and the finance community in the Boston area through her memberships in professional organizations including RIMS and the Society of Financial Planning Professionals.

Dr. Hamilton holds the FRM, CPCU, CLU and ARM designations. Her prior professional experiences include administrative and faculty appointments at Coker College, Georgia Southern University, Columbus State University and Appalachian State University. Prior to returning to academics on a full-time basis, Dr. Hamilton served as a Director of Curriculum at The Institutes and Executive Director of the American Risk and Insurance Association. Her research interests include advancements in finance education, financial planning preparation and the economic impact of retirement communities; she has published research findings in each of these areas.

What is important for your students to take away from your classes?
“My approach to teaching is to help students understand how the topics we discuss in class relate to the business environment and their personal financial decisions. It is important that students have practical knowledge and skills that will help them become successful business professionals upon graduation. I also believe everyone needs to understand basic finance to ensure good financial health throughout life. My hope is that students leave my classes with a better appreciation for how they can apply financial principles and concepts, even if they are not finance and accounting majors, in their careers and personal lives.”

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