Karen Conway

Distinguished Professor Award, 2019

Karen Conway with students

Karen Conway exemplifies the very best of the academy. Her scholarship is innovative. It uses sophisticated data analysis to examine important public policy questions. In one well-known line of research, she finds that — surprisingly — lowering state taxes on the elderly benefits neither the state nor the elderly on balance. She has been interviewed by or her research cited in prominent news outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. She is also regularly headhunted by public policy schools for endowed chairs and directorships.

Professor Conway is an exceptional teacher and mentor. She expects her students to achieve high standards and receives the highest praise for doing so. A pair of student comments encapsulate this praise: “You were easily one of the most engaging and knowledgeable teachers that I have ever had. Because of this class I have fallen in love with economics and will be declaring it as my major,” says one. And the other? “I could not have imagined a better teacher.”

For all of her professional accomplishments, Karen Conway is the most genuine, unpretentious person you will ever meet. Her colleagues and students simply love her. She is eminently worthy of the university’s highest faculty award.

About This Award

The purpose of this award is to identify and honor longstanding members of the UNH faculty. This singular university-wide award will be given each year to the faculty member whose overall record of excellent teaching, caring about students, devotion to the university community, and substantial record of scholarly achievement exemplifies what we would call a "distinguished longstanding career" at UNH. Each year there will be no more than one Distinguished Professor Award. Long-term UNH tenure-track faculty members at the rank of professor are eligible.