Dr. Hira the senior policy adviser to the President of Iowa State University and a professor of Personal Finance and Consumer Economics is internationally known as a leader in the field of Personal Finance and Consumer Economics.
Her varied and prolific professional experience includes being a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, Chair of the NYSE committee on financial literacy, member of Iowa Student Loan Board, Iowa Credit Union Review Board, and Heartland Express Board. Her service on national committees and boards includes the Institute of the Certified Financial Planners (ICFP), Board of Standards and Practices for the Certified Financial Planners (CFP board), Experian Consumer Council and the National Foundation for Consumer Credit (NFCC). She was the founding president and a fellow of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) and both the president and vice president of Finance & Properties for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to academia and research in her fields of study, including the Research Excellence Award of the Japan Society of Household Economics, University of Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award, Iowa State University Regents’ Faculty Excellence Award, Alumni Faculty Citation, the Wilton Park International Achievement Award, and the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. She also served as External Assessor for the University Putra Malaysia.
Dr. Hira has published about 145 professional papers and book chapters and has given about 245 invited national and international presentations on topics such as the national strategy for financial literacy, past, present and future of financial literacy, social and psychological aspects of the borrowing and investment behaviors of middle and high income Americans, gender and ethnic differences in investment behavior, consumer bankruptcy, consumer credit, gambling, and the borrowing behavior of college students. She has served as a member of the editorial board of and a reviewer of several journals in consumer economics and personal finance fields.
Her work has been cited in national and international papers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Business Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, Nippon Deizai Shinbun, Modern Maturity, Money Magazine, and Your Money. She has appeared on National Public Radio, the NBC Today Show, CNN News, and the CBS Up to the Minute Show.
Through testimony and consultation, Dr. Hira has helped to shape public policy on bankruptcy in the United States and abroad. She has served as an expert witness for both the United States Senate Committee on Judiciary for revisions of consumer bankruptcy code and the United States Senate Banking Committee to discuss the need for money management education.
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