Catherine C. Eckel
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
AwardsCarolyn Shaw Bell Award, 2012
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of British Columbia
Virginia Tech
University of Texas at Dallas
Texas A&M University
Doctoral advisorRoger Sherman[citation needed]

Catherine Millay Coleman Eckel is the Sarah and John Lindsey Professor in the Liberal Arts and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University, where she directs the Behavioral Economics and Policy Program. She has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Virginia Tech, and the University of Texas at Dallas, where she founded and oversaw the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economic Science. Her research focuses on experimental economics, and she has studied charitable giving; cooperation, trust, and risk tolerance in poor, urban settings; the coordination of counter-terrorism policy; gender differences in preferences and behavior; and discrimination by race and gender as evidenced in games of trust. She has received 24 grants, totaling $4.4 million, from the National Science Foundation. The Russel Sage Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are some of the other foundations that have funded her research. She was a past-President of the Economic Science Association, the professional organization of experimental economists, and a past-President of the Southern Economic Association. She has served as a program director for the National Science Foundation, an editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2005-2012), and has served as associate editor or on the editorial boards of twelve journals. Eckel, an award-winning teacher, has advised 15 PhD dissertations, and her past students now hold faculty positions across the globe. She engages her undergraduate students with projects consisting largely of original research.[1][2]


  2. ^ Elizabeth Hoffmann. "Interview with Catherine C. Eckel, the Sara and John Lindsey Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University". CSWEP News.