Dr. Thomas F. Cooley


Thomas F. Cooley served as the Paganelli-Bull Professor of Economics at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, as well as a Professor of Economics in the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science. He served as Dean of the Stern School from 2002 to January 2010. He passed away in 2021.

Before joining Stern, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, University of Pennsylvania, and UC Santa Barbara. Prior to his academic career, he was a systems engineer for IBM Corporation. A Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations he was also the former President of the Society for Economic Dynamics, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and holds an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics.

He was a widely published scholar in the areas of macroeconomic theory, monetary theory and policy and the financial behavior of firms. He was a senior advisor and member of the Board of Managers of Standard & Poors since December 2010. He also wrote frequent opinion columns for Forbes.com, the Wall Street Journal and other news media. Dean Cooley received his BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He also held a doctorem honoris causa from the Stockholm School of Economics.