Christopher W. Anderson

Christopher Anderson
  • Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
  • Anderson Chandler Professor
  • School of Business Administration
  • Dean's Office
  • Finance Academic Area


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 doctorate in financial economics. Before joining KU, Anderson taught at 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 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 Student & Academic Services, Business Career Services, the Jack Dicus Business Honors Program, the Business Leadership Program, the Multicultural 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 frequently has 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.


CFA, 1998
Ph.D. in Financial Economics, 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


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


Anderson teaches classes in international finance, corporate finance, and real estate finance. As a chartered financial analyst (CFA®), Anderson structures his undergraduate and MBA classes to combine insights from academic research with state-of-the-art business practice. He also co-directs KU's partnership agreement with the CFA Institute, routinely sponsors students for CFA scholarships, and serves as a curriculum consultant to the CFA Institute. Undergraduate-level classes at University of Kansas: International Finance; Real Estate Finance & Investing; Financial Markets & Institutions; Emerging Markets; Capitalism (team taught); Independent studies in international banking, PIPE financing, Chilean pension fund system, and investment banking. MBA-level classes at University of Kansas: International Finance; Business Investment; Business Finance; Global Research Intensive Project-Brazil (team taught) Doctoral-level classes at University of Kansas: Seminar in Business Finance; Research Issues in Finance; Doctoral-level independent studies in investment banking, international finance, real estate finance, entrepreneurial finance, real options, and contracting.

Teaching interests:

  • international finance
  • corporate finance
  • real estate investment
  • Brazilian economy and financial markets
  • contracting
  • corporate governance
  • capital markets

Selected Publications

Anderson, C. (2010). Home Price Sensitivity to Capital Market Factors: Analysis of ZIP Code Data. Journal of Real Estate Research - Issue 2 | Volume 32.
Anderson, C. (2010). Security Market Reaction to FDA Fast Track Designations. Journal of Health Care Finance - Issue 2 | Volume 37.
Anderson, C. (2003). Bank Monitoring, Firm Performance, and Top Management Turnover in Japan. Advances in Financial Economics - Volume 8.
Anderson, C. (2000). Restructuring the Japanese Banking System: Has Japan Gone Far Enough?. International Review of Financial Analysis - Issue 2 | Volume 9.
Anderson, C. (1999). Deregulation, Disintermediation, and Agency Costs of Debt: Evidence from Japan. Journal of Financial Economics - Issue 2 | Volume 51.
Anderson, C. (1999). Financial Contracting under Extreme Uncertainty: An Analysis of Brazilian Corporate Debentures. Journal of Financial Economics - Issue 1 | Volume 51.
Anderson, C. (1994). The Latest Perspective on Brazilian Bank Stocks. LatinFinance.