Gene Lai

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Professor of Finance and James J. Harris Endowed Chair in Risk Management and Insurance
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Gene C. Lai is the James J. Harris Chair/Scholar of Risk Management and Insurance of the Department of Finance in the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. Professor Lai received his bachelor’s degree in economics from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, his master’s degree in decision science from Georgia State University and his doctoral degree in risk management and insurance and finance from the University of Texas at Austin. His publications have appeared in The Journal of Risk and Insurance (12) and Journal of Banking and Finance (2) among others. Dr. Lai has won numerous best paper awards. He has received the Teaching Excellence Award of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Teaching Excellence Award voted by students. Professor Lai served as the Chair of the Department of Finance and Management Science at Washington State University, the Chair of Department of Finance and Insurance and Associate Dean at the University of Rhode Island. He is Co-Editor of Risk Management and Insurance Review and is Associate Editor for journals including The Journal of Risk and Insurance. Professor Lai is Past President of the American Risk and Insurance Association and President of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association.  


Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Georgia State University