Christopher J. Waller is an American economist who is a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. A nominee of then-President Donald Trump, he was confirmed by the Senate in December 2020, to serve through January 2030.
He was previously the research director of and an executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Waller's research has centered on monetary theory, political economy, and macroeconomic theory.
Early life and education
Waller received a B.S. in economics from Bemidji State University in 1981, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1984 and 1985.
Waller worked at the Indiana University's Department of Economics from 1985 to 1998, where he was an associate professor, assistant professor and director of graduate studies. He was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Washington University from 1994 to 1995. He taught economics at the University of Kentucky from 1998 to 2003 and was also a research fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn, in Germany. He was a chair of economics at the University of Notre Dame through 2009.
Waller joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as research director in 2009. He was also executive vice president there.
In July 2019, President Donald Trump tweeted his intent to nominate Waller and Judy Shelton to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
After hearings in February 2020, the Senate Banking Committee voted 18–7 in July 2020 to advance Waller's Fed nomination. He was confirmed in the Senate on December 3, 2020, by a vote of 48–47. He took the oath of office remotely via videoconference on December 18 from Fed Chair Jerome Powell. His term ends January 31, 2030.