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Christopher W. Anderson

Associate Dean - Undergraduate Programs, Anderson Chandler Professor
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 2109
University of Kansas


Academic Areas

Finance and International Business


Christopher W. Anderson is an accomplished scholar, experienced teacher, and engaged leader at the University of Kansas and its host community of Lawrence, Kansas. A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Anderson attended Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, the University of Iowa for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and economics, and the University of Pittsburgh for a Ph.D. in financial economics. Before joining the KU Anderson taught at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and before his academic career he worked as a financial analyst in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Anderson studies capital markets, corporate finance, international finance, and real estate. He has published in many of the most prestigious journals in academic finance, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Financial Research, The Financial Review, Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, and Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.

Anderson teaches classes in international finance, corporate finance, and real estate investing. As a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Anderson structures his undergraduate and MBA classes to combine insights from academic research with state-of-the-art pedogogy and business practice. He also co-directs KU’s affiliation with the CFA Institute and routinely sponsors students for CFA scholarships. He has mentored several doctoral students who now enjoy thriving careers as professors at business schools across the U.S.

Anderson currently serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the KU School of Business. In this position he directs the B.S.B., B.B.A., and Business Minor programs. Additional responsibilities include oversight of Academic Advising, Career Services, the Jack Dicus Business Honors Program, the Business Leadership Program, the Multiculural Business Scholars Program, and the Business Communication Center. He formerly was active in several service and leadership roles within the School of Business, including the P&T Committee, Undergraduate Team, MBA Team, Dean Search Committee, Faculty Research Evaluation & Development Team, Faculty Advisory Committee to the dean, Faculty Advisory Committee to the federal grant-funded Center for International Business Education & Research, the School’s United Way Campaign, and multiple faculty search committees. At the University level Anderson has been a member of the University Senate Athletic Committee, the KU Core Curriculum Committee, the University Senate Organization & Administration Committee, and the mentoring program for KU’s student athletes.

Anderson speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and he has begun studying Chinese. He has frequently led MBA students to Brazil on project-based study abroad experiences involving U.S. and Brazilian firms across a variety of industries. He has also enjoyed professional and scholarly experiences in Chile, Ecuador, Japan, and China, and he recently was a visiting scholar at Chongqing University. He is active in interdisciplinary scholarship with the Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for Global & International Studies. He sponsors the Portuguese for the Professions scholarship program at KU.

Anderson lives in Lawrence with his wife Shari, their three children John (18), Ethan (16), and Rosey (9), and a recently adopted German shepherd puppy named Loki. He is active in several community organizations, including the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center’s Investment Committee, the Lawrence Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, Boy Scout Troop 52, and Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church & School. He enjoys golf, scouting, classic films, and fiction.


  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) (1998)
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1995)
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Iowa (1990)
  • M.A. in Business, University of Iowa (1989)
  • B.B.A., University of Iowa (1987)

Teaching Interests

  • International Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Real estate investment
  • Brazilian economy and financial markets
  • Contracting
  • Corporate governance
  • Capital markets


Anderson's scholarship focuses on capital markets, corporate finance, international finance, and real estate, and he has published in many of the most prestigious journals in academic finance, including the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics. He has mentored several former doctoral students who enjoy thriving careers at business schools across the U.S.

Research Interests

  • International Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Real estate investment
  • Brazilian economy and financial markets
  • Contracting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital markets

Selected Publications

Anderson, C. W., Huang, J. & Torna, G. (2017). Can investors anticipate post-IPO mergers and acquisitions? Journal of Corporate Finance, 45, 496-521.

Anderson, C. W., & Huang, J. (2017). Institutional investment in IPOs and post-IPO M&A activity. Journal of Empirical Finance, 41, 1-18.

Anderson, C. W., & Zhang, Y. J. (2015). External Contracting and Equity Financing at Biotech Firms: Evidence from PIPEs. International Journal of Economics & Finance, 7(2), 1-19.

Anderson, C. W., & Beracha, E. (2012). Frothy Housing Markets and Local Stock-Price Movements. Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, 45(2), 326-346.

Anderson, C. W., Fedenia, M. Hirschey, M. & Skiba, H. (2011). Cultural Influences on Home Bias and International Diversification by Institutional Investors. Journal of Banking and Finance, 35, 916-934.

Anderson, C. W., & Beracha, E. (2011). Local Comovement in REIT Returns: Implications for Portfolio Performance. Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, 17(2), 113-125.

Anderson, C. W., & Beracha, E. (2010). Home Price Sensitivity to Capital Market Factors: Analysis of ZIP Code Data. Journal of Real Estate Research, 32(2), 161-185.

Anderson, C. W., & Zhang, Y. J. (2010). Security Market Reaction to FDA Fast Track Designations. Journal of Health Care Finance, 37(2), 27-48.

Anderson, C. W., & Beracha, E. (2008). Robustness of the Headquarters City Effect on Stock Returns. Journal of Financial Research, 31(3), 271-300.

Anderson, C. W., & Garcia-Feijóo, L. (2006). Empirical Evidence on Capital Investment, Growth Options, and Security Returns. Journal of Finance, 61(1), 171-194.

Anderson, C. W., Becher, D. & Campbell, T. L. (2004). Bank Mergers, the Market for Bank CEOs, and Managerial Incentives. Journal of Financial Intermediation, 13, 6-27.

Anderson, C. W., & Campbell, T. L. (2004). Corporate Governance of Japanese Banks. Journal of Corporate Finance, 10, 327-354.

Anderson, C. W., Campbell, T. L., Narayanan, J. & Mandelker, G. N. (2003). Bank Monitoring, Firm Performance, and Top Management Turnover in Japan. Advances in Financial Economics, 8, 1-27.

Anderson, C. W., Jandik, T. & Makhija, A. K. (2001). Determinants of Foreign Ownership in Newly Privatized Companies in Transition Economies. The Financial Review, 36, 161-176.

Anderson, C. W., & Campbell, T. L. (2000). Restructuring the Japanese Banking System: Has Japan Gone Far Enough? International Review of Financial Analysis, 9(2), 197-218.

Anderson, C. W., & Makhija, A. K. (1999). Deregulation, Disintermediation, and Agency Costs of Debt: Evidence from Japan. Journal of Financial Economics, 51(2), 309-339.

Anderson, C. W. (1999). Financial Contracting under Extreme Uncertainty: An Analysis of Brazilian Corporate Debentures. Journal of Financial Economics, 51(1), 45-84.

Anderson, C. W. (1994). The Latest Perspective on Brazilian Bank Stocks. LatinFinance, 76-79.

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