For Colin O’Reilly, assistant professor of economics, research is not a purely academic pursuit that happens in a vacuum. It has real applications to the classroom and beyond.
O’Reilly directly connects his research to his teaching, incorporating topics like firm investment decisions in Eastern Europe to his course on money and financial markets. He shows students how projects and presentations indicate their specific skill sets to future employers.
He also appreciates research’s collaborative nature. His most recent article on post-genocide justice and economic performance in Rwanda links business and economics to the social sciences and humanities, and he plans to continue interdisciplinary research with his Creighton students.
O’Reilly earned his PhD in economics from Suffolk University in Boston, where he began his teaching career before a tenure as assistant professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In addition to teaching in the Heider College of Business’s Department of Economics, he joins the Institute for Economic Inquiry’s Business Research Fellows program as a scholar and program coordinator.
“What excites me most about Creighton are the students,” says O’Reilly. “Meeting with students and seeing their interest and maturity on my first visit to campus amazed me.” Thus, he plans on giving his students great responsibility in the classroom and on research projects, empowering them “to think for themselves, challenge their prior views and explore alternative perspectives.”