Ph.D., M.A., University of California at Los Angeles
B.A., Louisiana State University
Information asymmetries in banking; causes of bank failures; measures of bank risk; financial markets and economic growth; international lenders of last resort
Money and Banking, International finance, Central banking and monetary policy
Professor Hooks joined the Washington and Lee faculty in 1993. She teaches undergraduate courses in money and banking, principles of macroeconomics, and monetary policy. She has also led a seminar on the European monetary union, which includes travel to Europe with students. She conducts research in monetary economics and banking, including the role of banks in economic growth, the impact of regulation on bank risk, and the role of an international lender of last resort.
Professor Hooks' research has been published in professional and general-interest publications, including the Journal of Economic History, Journal of Financial Services Research, Review of Financial Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Econ Journal Watch, Credit Research Digest, The Group of Thirty monograph series, and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas publications. For a research sabbatical, Professor Hooks won an AAUW American Fellowship. She acts as an occasional commenter for the press, including the Chicago Tribune, SNL Financial Newsletter, Mortgage Orb, and the Richmond Times.
Professor Hooks serves as faculty advisor to Omicron Delta Kappa and as faculty advisor to Panhellenic. Other W&L work includes a Presidential Search Committee, Provost Search Committee, Vice-President for Advancement Search Committee, President's Advisory Committee, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, Faculty Review Committee, Sorority Housing Committee, the Trustee Alcohol Steering Committee, the Alcohol Task Force, the Faculty Executive Committee, and the Fringe Benefits Committee.
Before coming to Washington and Lee, Professor Hooks worked as an economist in the Financial Industry Studies group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She is a native of Haynesville, Louisiana, and lives in Lexington with her husband and two sons.