Faculty & Research

Thomas Coleman

Adjunct Professor of Finance

Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Thomas Coleman is an experienced financial industry executive, and is Senior Advisor at the Gary Becker Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago, a center for the support of inquiry on central questions of economic and social significance.

A veteran of more than 20 years in the finance industry, Coleman has considerable experience in trading, risk management, and quantitative modeling. Most recently, he managed a risk advisory consulting firm. Previously, he was head of quantitative analysis and risk control at Moore Capital Management, LLC, a large multi-asset hedge fund manager. He was director and founding member of London-based hedge fund Aequilibrium Investments Ltd. He also worked on the sell side for a number of years, with roles in fixed income derivatives research and trading.

Before entering the financial industry, he taught graduate and undergraduate economics and finance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; more recently he taught as an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Coleman is the author of Quantitative Risk Management (Wiley Finance, 2012) and, together with Roger Ibbotson and Larry Fisher, of Historical U.S. Treasury Yield Curves. He also has published in finance as well as physics journals. Coleman has longstanding ties to the University of Chicago. After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics at Harvard, he earned a master's degree and doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago. His father, renowned sociologist James S. Coleman, was University Professor of Sociology for two decades and cofounded a long-running interdisciplinary faculty seminar on rational choice in the social sciences with Gary Becker.