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.