Sharyn O'Halloran

Sharyn O'Halloran

George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics and Professor of International and Public Affairs

Sharyn O'Halloran

International Affairs Building, Room 727

Personal Details

Focus areas: Financial regulation and risk analysis, big data and computational social sciences 

On Leave for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Sharyn O'Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economy and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City. 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 received a BA degree in economics and political science from University of California, San Diego. O’Halloran then went on to receive her MA and PhD, also from University of California, San Diego. And a MS in Enterprise Risk Management from Columbia University. Her work focuses on formal and quantitative methods and their application to politics, economics, and public policy. 

Her publications include 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 U.S. trade and financial regulatory policy, including those published in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science ReviewInternational OrganizationYale Law JournalNYU Law Journal, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization


  • MS, Columbia University
  • PhD, University of California, San Diego
  • MA, University of California, San Diego
  • BA, University of California, San Diego

Honors and Awards

  • Global Policy Initiative, Columbia University

Research And Publications

In The Media

Inclusive Prosperity

Sharyn O'Halloran said that if the Fed waits a little longer to start cutting rates, it could draw investment into the U.S. and boost the dollar.

Mar 20 2024
Market Place

Sharyn O’Halloran says Africa and the Middle East may be especially impacted by disruptions to the international grain market stemming from the Russia-Ukraine war.

Jun 15 2022

Sharyn O’Halloran comments on the possible outcomes for the Russian economy after the sanctions.

Mar 06 2022

"We don't have that many trade relations with Russia, we don't get our gas from Russia. However, we do trade with people who do get gas from Russia who will have to deal with an economic slowdown," Sharyn O'Halloran comments.

Feb 21 2022

Sharyn O'Halloran speaks on the risks in economy that may accompany the Delta variant.

Sep 12 2021