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  • Ph.D., University of New Orleans
  • M.A., University of New Orleans
  • B.S., University of New Orleans


Juan R. Castro is a professor in finance in the Crowell School of Business. He obtained his doctorate in finance and economics, master of arts degree in economics, and bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. With over 25 years as a professor and scholar, Juan has had an extended international experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Central America, Consultant for the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), and teaching in several countries such as Austria, South Korea, Spain, Honduras, el Salvador, and Ecuador. Most recently, Dr. Castro has been interested in researching in how to alleviate poverty through financial education and micro-finance. He was awarded SIFE’s HSBC Financial Literacy Award for creating financial and economic opportunity by helping the community develop personal financial management skills necessary to achieve financial independence.


  • Member of the Fulbright Scholar Program Alumni Association
  • Member and participant of the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, U.K
  • Member of the Center for Latin American Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Paper reviewer: Journal of economics and Business – Elsevier – current
  • Member of the International Financial Management Association (FMA)


  • Sam M. Walton Fellow, Free Enterprise Fellowship (SIFE) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Shining Star Award (February 2005) –selected by LeTourneau University faculty and staff
  • Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Economics and International Business Program, LeTourneau University (2002-2006)
  • Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Finance Program, LeTourneau University (2002-2006)
  • Who’s Who among American Teachers (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010)

Publications (Selected)

  • “Central America Central Bank, a proposal for monetary integration in Central America,” Castro, Juan, Public Policy Journal, February, 2009.
  • "Religious Background as Predictor of Ethical Behavior in College Students," Castro Juan, Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, January 2009.
  • “Religious Behavior as a Predictor of Ethical Behavior,” Castro Juan, Conference Proceedings, Volume 4, May 2007.
  • “Exchange Rate Volatility in Emerging markets – The Case of Chile,” Castro Juan, The Latin American Journal of Economic Development, April 2007.
  • Empirical Investigation of the Effects of the Fundamentals on the Exchange Rate, Castro Juan, The Latin American Journal of Economic Development, April 2005.
  • "Empirical Investigation of the Target Zone Implications: A Case of Chile" Journal of Financial and Economic Practice, 2013.


  • Southern Baptist Texas Convention, Arlington. Presented on "What would Jesus do with Illegal Immigrants." 2007.
  • IABPAD Conference. Presented on "Religious Behavior as a Predictor of Ethical Behavior." 2007.
  • Catholic University in Honduras Conference,Tegucigalpa. Presented on "Honduras Monetary Economics and Dollarization." 2004.
  • Financial Management Association, Seattle. Presented on "Foreign Reserves and Exchange Rate Volatility." 2000.
  • European Financial Management Association, Edinburgh. Presented on "Empirical Investigation of the Effects of the Fundamentals on the Exchange Rate." 2000
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Presented on "Commercial Bank Loan Riskiness and Credit Scoring Methodology." 1999.
  • Southern University Conference. Presented on "The Exchange Rate Target Zones Implications in Chile and Mexico." 1999
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