Patrick J. Conway:  Background

I have been affiliated with UNC since 1983. Prior to that time I served in the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire and in the US Department of State, and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. I received my PhD and MPA from Princeton University, and my undergraduate BSFS degree from Georgetown University.

I was chosen as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations in 1989, and spent the academic year 1989-1990 as a visitor in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.  My primary focus at that time was the international response to developing-country debt crisis, but my experiences there led me to an ongoing interest in the impact of IMF programs on developing countries.

During the initial years after the break-up of the Soviet Union, I joined World Bank missions to Kazakhstan, Georgia and Belarus as a specialist on macroeconomic and international trade issues.  I contributed to the initial Country Economic Memoranda of those countries.  This experience led to the ongoing research interest in the transition experiences in the formerly Soviet economies that you'll find evidenced in my research and publications record.

I have studied the adjustment of import-competing industries to the effects of trade liberalization. My prism for this research has been the textiles industry, and my work has included in-depth studies of the behavior of US textiles firms and comprehensive examinations of trading patterns worldwide as they have evolved with the removal of the system of bilateral quotas defined by the Agreement on Clothing and Textiles.

In recent years I've also studied the incidence and causes of poverty and unemployment in North Carolina.

You'll find working papers and references to publications in these areas in the "Research" section of this site.


From my service in the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire and through my tenure here at Carolina, I have been devoted to improving teaching and learning outcomes. I have received a number of awards for my instruction, including

as well as Teaching Awards for both Undergraduate and Graduate Courses within the Department of Economics. I have also presented workshops and master classes in teaching economics for the American Economic Association, The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and various universities.

In 2008 I was appointed the founding Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill. I stepped down in 2009 after successfully launching this enterprise.

I was appointed Department Chair of Economics in 2011, and have served in that position since that time.

My curriculum vitae  provides more details on these and other achievements.