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Dr. Karen Hamilton

headshot photo of Dr. Karen Hamilton smiling with medium length light brown hair with gray in it and wearing thin wire rimmed glasses
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Harrington Hall, Room 103A

BS, University of Rhode Island
MEd, Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley Campus
PhD, Florida State University

Dr. Karen L. Hamilton joined the faculty in the Department of Accounting and Finance in Fall 2017 as Associate Professor, Finance. She has been a full-time academic for more than 20 years, serving as a professor and in administrative roles at various institutions in Massachusetts and the southeastern United States.

At Bridgewater State University (BSU), Professor Hamilton teaches managerial finance, risk management and insurance, and financial institutions courses. She is also actively involved on campus, serving on several departmental, college, and university committees. Through her service, she focuses on diversity and equity, interdisciplinary curriculum, and assessment. In addition, she continuously seeks out opportunities for Finance students to interact with finance professionals in the Greater Boston region including working with the Boston Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Chapter to match students with internships and job opportunities in the field of risk management and insurance.

In September 2022, Dr. Hamilton began a three-year term as the Faculty Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business. In this role, she promotes entrepreneurship opportunities and guidance across campus. She also helps BSU students and residents in southeastern Massachusetts develop creative and innovative ideas into successful small businesses.

Area of Expertise

Corporate Finance
Risk Management and Insurance
Financial Risk Management
Personal Financial Planning