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Currently a Professor at Columbia University, Dr. Sharyn O’Halloran serves as George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economy, as well as Professor of International and Public Affairs. From 2002 through 2005, Dr. O’Halloran held the position of Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University. Sharyn O’Halloran’s relationship with Columbia University began when she became an Assistant Professor in the Institution’s Department of Political Science in the School of International and Public Affairs. She soon advanced to the role of Associate Professor within the same department, which she held until 2002 when she received a promotion to Professor.

Dr. O’Halloran’s research career began at Stanford University, where she undertook a fellowship in foreign policy studies through the Social Science Research Council. She was also a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Stanford Institute for Center for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). In 1997, Dr. O’Halloran returned to Stanford University as a Robert Eckles Swain National Fellow within the Hoover Institution. She was also a Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Business at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. In addition to her academic positions with Stanford and Columbia Universities, Sharyn O’Halloran has served as a Fellow in Positive Political Economy at Harvard University. Sharyn O’Halloran began her own tertiary education at the University of California San Diego campus where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. After receiving honors in these two areas, Sharyn O’Halloran stayed on at the University to get her Master’s in Political Science. She subsequently left the University of California San Diego with a PhD in Political Science.

Sharyn O’Halloran is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Law and Society Association, and the Midwest Political Science Association. She is on the Board of Directors at Community Impact, Columbia University's volunteer organization that serves disadvantaged youth in the Harlem and Upper Manhattan areas. She regularly contributes her energies to the Legal Action Center, the Legal Aid Society, and Appleseed. In her free time, Dr. O’Halloran loves to train for marathons. She is part of the New York Road Runners

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Jan 1999Present


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Sharyn O'Halloran


BA in Economics & Political Science

University of California, San Diego

MA in Political Science

University of California, San Diego

PhD in Political Science

University of California, San Diego