Irene Finel-Honigman

Irene Finel-Honigman

Research Interests


Spring 2021

  • International Banking (3 credits)
    This course offers a comprehensive understanding of the trends and challenges associated with the provision of cross-border commercial, investment and wealth management/private banking services. We will study the evolution of the global financial system over the past 30 years and explore how banks tend to make their decisions regarding the scope and the geographical reach of their operations in response to geopolitical and economic circumstances, systemic crises, regulatory developments, technological challenges, evolving competitive dynamics at home and abroad and, last but not least, the COVID-19 crisis.

Fall 2020

  • European Banking: Recovery, Risk, Challenges (3 credits)
    INTA U6021

    This course examines the root causes, implications, regulatory reforms and prognosis for European Union and non EU countries financial sectors following the financial and currency crisis in 2010 which initially implicated Greece, but evolved into a larger European banking and market crisis. The course will focus on three main areas: EU and Eurozone political and economic environment; policies and politics: regulatory reforms; country specific analysis of major and minor institutions.


Irene Finel-Honigman, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs in the International Finance and Economic Policy concentration teaches International Banking and EU banking and policy courses since 2001. Recipient of Title VI, CIBER, ISERP and SIPA Faculty grants, her recent publications include International Banking for a New Century, co-author Fernando B.Sotelino (Routledge,2015) and A Cultural History of Finance (Routledge, 2009, reissued in 2013). She is a Senior Fellow at the East West Institute, serves on advisory boards, consults and provides press and media commentary on European financial, policy and US-EU relations including 2016  US election and Brexit for Bloomberg News Radio and TV, Europe 1, Radio France 24, NPR Radio, Le Monde, The Huffington Post, La Libre Belgique,. Member of the Board of Directors of the International Trade and Finance Association, she has served on the Board of the French American Chamber of Commerce, French American Foundation, Maison Francaise. Previous positions include  Senior Advisor on Finance Policy, US Department of Commerce during the Clinton Administration, Chair of Foreign Languages, New School for Social Research, Director of French Programs, Credit Lyonnais and has taught at Johns Hopkins and CUNY. Born in France, she holds a Ph.D from Yale University and a B.A, from Barnard College. .


  • PhD, Yale University
  • BA, Lycee Francaise de New York
  • BA, Barnard College