Michelle P. Connolly is a Professor of the Practice of Economics at Duke University. She formerly served two separate terms as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission in 2006 and 2008. In that role, she was involved in FCC analysis of broadband penetration, Universal Service Fund reform, media ownership, localism, spectrum auctions, and competition policy. Professor Connolly’s academic research covers media and telecommunications topics, as well as in intellectual property, international trade, growth, and development. She has spoken at the White House and testified before Congress on spectrum issues. Professor Connolly currently has a National Science Foundation grant to study issues of spectrum sharing.
Michelle Connolly received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She then worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York for one year before joining Duke in 1997. Professor Connolly’s research has appeared in such publications as the American Economic Review, The Journal of Development Economics, The Review of Industrial Organization, The Journal of Economic History, The Journal of Economic Growth, and Current Issues in Economics and Finance.