Kevin Connolly
Kevin Connolly, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor of Social Sciences

  • Author of the book Perceptual Learning: The Flexibility of the Senses (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press)
  • 2016-17 Principal Investigator for “The Interdisciplinary Study of Perceptual Learning” (with Adrienne Prettyman, Co-Investigator), a £48,000 grant from the Cambridge New Directions in the Study of the Mind Project for workshops bringing together philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists
  • 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar
  • 2011 Recipient of the Martha Lile Love Award for Excellence in Teaching Philosophy
  • Featured on NPR/WHYY
  • Author of multiple publications in journals, such as Frontiers in Psychology, i-Perception, and Erkenntnis, as well as book chapters in edited volumes with Oxford University Press and Springer

Kevin Connolly is a cognitive scientist and philosopher who works on learning. His research focuses especially on perception-based learning, as found in experts from wine tasters to radiologists, to bird watchers. Prior to joining Minerva, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Network for Sensory research, an interdisciplinary group of perception researchers with research hubs at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Toronto, Glasgow, and London. Professor Connolly received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Honors Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. 

Professor Connolly has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Toronto, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Rutgers, Camden. His teaching goal is to give students the scaffolding by which they can think through problems themselves. He also takes an interdisciplinary approach, which aims to have students consider a single subject matter from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. Professor Connolly teaches the Perception, Cognition, and Reality core course.