Federal Reserve Bank Economist to Speak at UAB

The UAB Center for Economic Education will host Federal Reserve economist Tom Cunningham in an event open to the public from 12-1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, the Business-Engineering Complex room 105, 1150 10th Ave. S.

Cunningham is the vice president and associate director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is a macroeconomist responsible for the administrative duties of the bank’s research department while overseeing the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review. Cunningham comes to UAB for the Lunch and Learn Speaker Series, which is sponsored by the Center for Economic Education and the UAB Economics Club.

Cunningham will discuss the economic outlook and policies undertaken by the Federal Reserve and other entities to help address U.S. financial stress and economic weakness.

 

Tom Cunningham is vice president and associate director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Cunningham is responsible for the administrative duties of the research department as well as oversight of the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review. He serves on the Bank’s Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees, and is a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Information Security Group and Technology Services Council.

Prior to his appointment as associate director of research he served as vice president in the research department where he has been responsible for the Regional, Latin American and Finance research teams in the research department. Dr. Cunningham joined the Bank as an economist with the macropolicy group in 1985, specializing in macroeconomics and monetary theory. He was promoted to senior economist in 1989 and research officer and senior economist with responsibility for the regional group in 1992. Dr. Cunningham previously worked as an instructor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University.

He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association. Dr. Cunningham has published numerous professional articles.

A native of Reedley California, he received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno. He earned a master’s degree, a master of philosophy and a doctorate of philosophy in economics from Columbia University. He has attended the executive development program at Wharton.