Associate Professor of International Finance and Economics
"Kenan-Flagler students are much nicer people to be around than those at many schools, without any sacrifice of intellectual talent."
Research, teaching and impact on business
Connolly has been teaching international finance, international trade, financial markets and other economic and financial topics for more than 25 years. He's won awards for his teaching everywhere that he's worked.
An award-winning scholar too, Connolly studies world capital markets. He watches the global movement of money and explores the links between different stock and bond markets around the world. His recent work has focused on how market uncertainty affects linkages between equity and bond markets within and across countries.
Connolly has taught executive education courses since 1988. For the last several years, for instance, he has run a basic finance program for human resources managers. He has also done consulting work for such clients as Monsanto, Nortel and the Burroughs-Welcome Management Institute.
What Kenan-Flagler students are like
Connolly sees Kenan-Flagler students as "much nicer people to be around than those at many schools, without any sacrifice of intellectual talent." He says most students strike a good balance between school and life. "If you want to work all the time, ignore other people and contribute nothing to your class or the community, you will stick out like a sore thumb at Kenan-Flagler," he says.
Connolly has played guitar since 1967. He taught guitar for 10 years and took lessons from professional artists for another five. He jokes that he has more guitars (6) than children (4), but has spent more on his kids.