Sharyn O'Halloran

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Sharyn O’Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics and Professor of International and Public Affairs and serves as the Senior Vice Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University in New York City.[1] A political scientist and economist by training, O’Halloran has written extensively on issues related to the political economy of international trade and finance, regulation and institutional reform, economic growth and democratic transitions, and the political representation of minorities.


O’Halloran began her career as a postdoctoral fellow at the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. She then joined the Columbia University faculty in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs. She is currently an Associate Director of Columbia's Applied Statistics Center.[2] Among the grants and awards she has received are the 2005 Decade of Behavior Award, the Harvard-MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship in Political Economics, a Hoover Institution National Fellowship, a Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, a Carnegie Corporation Scholarship, and National Science Foundation grants. She was also named one of the Top 100 Irish Educators.

She is the author and co-author of books including Politics, Process and American Trade Policy (University of Michigan Press); Delegating Powers (Cambridge University Press); The Future of the Voting Rights Act (Russell Sage Foundation); as well as numerous journal articles on administrative procedures and agency design, with application to international trade, antitrust and financial regulatory policy, including those published in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Yale Law Journal, NYU Law Journal, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.

O’Halloran has served as an advisor to the Mexican Department of Commerce, International Trade Division (SECOFI) during the NAFTA negotiations concerning the politics of “Fast Track” authority, as well as the possible responses to the U.S. court ruling that required an environmental impact statement in advance of trade agreements, and has written extensively in the areas of trade and the environment, and trade and labor, and global outsourcing. She recently advised the Turkish government on the impact of democratization and economic development on political stability; O’Halloran has also consulted with the World Bank’s International Finance Group and its Regulation and Competition Policy Group on the impact of trade and political institutions on economic growth and performance, as well as a large project analyzing data on trade openness, international organizations, and their impact on democratic transitions. She was part of the expert witness team in Georgia v. Ashcroft, and other redistricting cases.

In addition, O’Halloran has served on numerous local community boards, including those effecting the rezoning and economic development of upper Manhattan, and provided a congressional briefing on the potential impact on the renewal of the 2007 Voting Rights Act. She also plays a major administrative role as Chair of the University Senate[permanent dead link] at Columbia University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Community Impact of Columbia University, a community service organization benefiting Morningside Heights and the Upper Manhattan area.

O’Halloran received a B.A. degree in economics and political science from University of California, San Diego. O’Halloran then went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. also from University of California, San Diego. Her graduate work focused on formal and quantitative methods and their application to politics, economics, and public policy.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Politics, Process and American Trade Policy ISBN 978-0472105168 (University of Michigan Press, 1994)
  • Delegating Powers: A Transaction Cost Politics Approach to Policy Making Under Separate Powers ISBN 0-521-66960-X (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • The Future of the Voting Rights Act. Co-edited with David Epstein, Rodolfo de la Garza and Richard Pildes ISBN 087154072X (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.)
  • After the Crash: Financial Crises and Regulatory Responses. Co-edited with Thomas Groll ISBN 0231192843 New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.
  • “Administrative Procedures, Information, and Agency Discretion.” (American Journal of Political Science 38: 697-722, 1994)
  • “Divided Government and U.S. Trade Policy.” (International Organization 48: 595-632, 1994)
  • “Do Majority-Minority Districts Maximize Substantive Black Representation in Congress?” (American Political Science Review 90: 794-812, 1996)
  • “Democratic Transitions.” (American Journal of Political Science 50 (July): 551–569, 2006)
  • “Big Data and the Regulation of Financial Markets.” ASONAM ’15 Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining: 1118-1124. ACM New York, NY, USA, 2015.
  • Big Data and the Regulation of Banking and Financial Services. Banking & Financial Services Policy Report 34 (12): 1-10, 2015.
  • “Data Science and Political Economy: Application to Financial Regulatory Structure. Journal of the Social Sciences 2 (7): 2016.
  • “Daisy Chains and Non-cleared OTC Derivatives.” Banking & Financial Services Policy Report 36 (2): 10-12, 2017.

See O'Halloran CV[edit]

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Professional Associations and Boards[edit]

  • Economics Club New York
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Economic Association
  • IEEE Member
  • Community Impact, Board of Directors


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