Senior Fellows

Kathleen Cooper

Senior Fellow, SMU Tower Center


Kathleen Cooper has served in a wide variety of posts during her career -- Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Commerce Department, Chief Economist for the Exxon Mobil Corporation, Executive Vice President of Security Pacific National Bank and Dean of the College of Business at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Cooper is a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, director of the Williams Companies, and Deutsche Bank Trust Company of the Americas, she is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has held positions as president of the National Association for Business Economics and the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, chair of the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee, and founding director of Texas Security Bank.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Colorado, 1980
  • M.A., Economics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1971
  • B.A., Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1970
  • William C. Redfield Public Service Award, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2005