Thomas Coleman, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Center for Economic Policy

Thomas Coleman is Executive Director of the Center for Economic Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, focused on teaching students about financial markets. Mr. Coleman’s research interests include the application of theoretical tools to practical problems in fixed income valuation and risk management. 

For 2012-2014 Mr. Coleman was Executive Director and Senior Advisor at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. Prior to returning to the University of Chicago Mr. Coleman worked in the finance industry for over twenty years, with considerable experience in trading, risk management, and quantitative modeling. Positions included head of Quantitative Analysis and Risk Control at Moore Capital Management, Llc; a director and founding member of Aequilibrium Investments Ltd., a London-based hedge fund manager; roles on the sell side in fixed income derivatives research and trading at TMG Financial Products, Lehman Brothers, and S.G. Warburg in London.

Mr. Coleman is the author of Quantitative Risk Management, published by Wiley and A Practical Guide to Risk Management published by the Research Foundation of the CFA Institute. Before entering the financial industry Mr. Coleman was an academic, teaching graduate and undergraduate economics and finance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Coleman earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, and his BA in physics from Harvard.