Chris Cotter

  • Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Finance Chair

Areas of Study


PhD, Vanderbilt University


Christopher Cotter is interested in financial economics, banking, and economic history. His current research focuses on the role of financial constraints in historical banking panics, as well as the link between banking and growth in U.S. history. He currently teaches courses in financial economics as well as principles of economics.

Spring 2022

Financial Markets — ECON 315


Chris Cotter Presents Paper at Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting

December 2, 2021

Assistant Professor of Economics Chris Cotter presented "Correspondent Banking, Systematic Risk and the Panic of 1893" at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Chris Cotter has two scholarly articles accepted for publication

December 21, 2020

Assistant Professor of Economics Chris Cotter had two articles accepted for publication: "Electrification, Telecommunications, and the Finance-Growth Nexus: Evidence from Firm-level Data" in Energy Economics the second article, "Off the Rails: The Real Effects of Railroad Bond Defaults Following the Panic of 1873," will be published in the 2021 edition of AEA: Papers and ProceedingsCotter is presenting this paper during the ASSA meetings on January 5, 2021.

Chris Cotter Presents at Aspen Institute

August 30, 2017

Assistant Professor of Economics Chris Cotter was invited to participate in an Aspen Institute program on integrating liberal arts and business with Lori Young, director of the career development center, and Bara Watts, director of LaunchU. 


Christopher Cotter Presents at Economic History Association Conference

September 30, 2016

Assistant Professor of Economics Christopher Cotter attended the annual conference of the Economic History Association (EHA) in Boulder, Colorado, in early September. Cotter led the EHA’s Job Market Workshop, in which recent job market candidates provide advice and personal experience to economic history PhD students who will soon be on the market themselves.


2022 Winter Term Recap

March 11, 2022

More than 2,290 students explored projects and research opportunities outside of their normal course of study during Winter Term. In this wrap-up gallery we look back at some of the group projects students performed.