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Robert Connolly

Robert Connolly

Associate Professor of Finance


McColl 4415, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Robert Connolly is an award-winning teacher and researcher whose interests include real estate, finance and economics.

He teaches classes in real estate development, finance, economics and international business to undergraduates, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD students and executives.

Dr. Connolly’s research interests cover price discovery and efficiency in capital markets, and return, volatility and liquidity dynamics in real estate markets. More recent research in real estate has been supported through a competitive grant from the Real Estate Research Institute.

He serves as executive vice president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

Dr. Connolly has taught financial management and cost control methods for Navy SES, flag officers and Marine general officers; Army SES and general officers, for senior officers and enlisted leaders in the U.S. Air Force; and for the Senior Executive Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He served an advisor to the U.S. Navy on shipbuilding and aviation acquisition programs for seven years.

He also led an outreach effort to support soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving in dangerous, remote locations in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2005 to 2013, shipping over 14 tons of care packages.

Dr. Connolly received the Navy’s second highest civilian honor, the Superior Public Service Award, and has been recognized with honorary membership in three Army regiments.

He was an early pioneer in developing TV-online courses for undergraduate and MBA students. His microeconomics and macroeconomics courses were distributed nationwide by PBS and each won three national awards for excellence in higher education distance learning.

He was founding director of the Capital Markets Lab at UNC Kenan-Flagler with responsibility for transforming the finance curriculum to incorporate sophisticated financial information and computational technology.

He received his PhD, MA and BA from the University of Maryland.