Christopher J. Waller is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He has been in his current position since 2009 and serves as the main policy advisor to the President of the FRB St. Louis. He earned a BA from Bemidji State University (1981) followed by an MA (1984) and a PhD (1985) in economics from Washington State University. He is also a Professional Research Fellow at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
He began his career as a member of the economics faculty at Indiana University-Bloomington, then moved to the University of Kentucky, the University of Notre Dame and was one of the founding members of the new economics department at the University of Notre Dame and was instrumental in its development. He also served as a research fellow with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies during his time at Notre Dame. Since coming to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis he has rebuilt the research division and raised the research reputation of the FRB St. Louis.
Other academic assignments include visiting professorships at the University of Bonn, Germany; University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Kiev-Mohyla National University, Ukraine; and the University of Mannheim, Germany. Waller’s research focuses on monetary theory and political economy. His work has been published in a variety of top scholarly journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.