Dr. Heather Luea




Dr. Heather Luea is an adjunct instructor at Cumberland University, teaching economics and finance courses. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Finance from For Hays State University and her Master's in Business Administration from Wichita State University. She worked in corporate finance prior to completing her PhD in Economics from Kansas State University with fields in economics and public and regional economics.

Dr. Luea has extensive teaching experience that includes positions at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, and University of California, Berkeley. She has taught across the business curriculum and has won numerous teaching awards.

Her research interests include housing, healthcare, and fringe banking services. She has been awarded nearly $45,000 in research grant monies to examine issues in these fields. Her most recent research focuses on the impact of payday lending on neighborhood crime. Her work has been published in Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Housing Economics, and the Nashville Area Business and Economic Review. She has an active research agenda and her papers have been accepted at numerous national conferences, including the American Economics Association annual meetings.

Academic Background

B.B.A, Finance
Fort Hays State University

Wichita State University

PhD, Economics
Kansas State University

Online Courses Taught
ECON 241 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 242 Principles of Microeconomics
FIN 449 Business Finance