Christopher R. Thomas

Associate Professor & Exide Professor of Sustainable Enterprise


Office: CMC 208D
Phone: (813) 974-6546


Christopher R. Thomas received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Texas A&M University (1975 and 1980).  Thomas worked for two years as an energy economist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before coming to University of South Florida in 1982.  He teaches managerial economics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Professor Thomas also teaches courses in business strategy and organization, and government regulation and antitrust.  He has won numerous awards for teaching.  He served as Exide Professor of Sustainable Enterprise 2004-2010.

Professor Thomas has published a number of scholarly articles on government regulation of industry and antitrust issues in the Quarterly Journal of Economics,
Journal of Law and Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Economic Education, Review of Law and Economics, Atlantic Economic Journal, Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Business.  Professor Thomas also coauthors Managerial Economics (McGraw-Hill/Irwin), which is currently in its eleventh U.S. edition and ninth Chinese edition.  Thomas is coeditor of the Oxford Handbook in Managerial Economics (forthcoming April 2013) and serves on the Oxford Handbook editorial board.

TEACHING Philosophy

"Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be."
Jimmy Johnson

I try to teach every student as if he or she could be a scholar.