Hillary Clinton Joins Columbia University As a Professor of Global Politics

Former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is set to join Columbia University as a professor focusing on global politics. The school’s president Lee Bollinger announced the move Thursday.

She will help lead a new effort “to convene the best policy minds from around the world for robust debate and collaboration in developing innovative policy solutions,” School of International and Public Affairs Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo said.

1. Bill Clinton

In a career that has seen her run for president twice, become the first female secretary of state and earn spots on the board of several high-profile companies, Hillary Clinton’s résumé is extensive. The 73-year-old is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.

As Bill’s wife, she worked on programs that aided children and families, notably during his two terms as governor of Arkansas (1979-81, 1983-92). She chaired the Rural Health Advisory Committee and helped achieve hard-fought reforms in education, earning the titles of “Arkansas Woman of the Year” and “Arkansas Young Mother of the Year.”

Her work in global policy also saw her travel to more than 80 countries advocating for human rights and social justice. This month, Columbia University announced that Clinton will join the school as a professor of practice at SIPA and presidential fellow at Columbia World Projects, where she will help address issues such as renewing democracy during transformational times.

2. Chelsea Clinton

When she arrived on the scene during her father’s first term as governor, Chelsea was tasked with navigating a delicate balance between her personal interests and familial obligations. She largely avoided the limelight, attended Sidwell Friends, and steered clear of politics—as much as she could, anyway.

Now, though, she’s returned to the starring role of political daughter. She campaigned on college campuses for her mother during the 2016 Democratic primaries, and introduced her at the convention. She’s logged countless public appearances as a surrogate, and she’s co-authored a handful of children’s books—including 2015’s It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!, as well as 2019’s Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

And, next month, she’ll take on a new role at Columbia University when she becomes a “professor of practice” at its School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). SIPA Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo says Clinton will help lead a “major new SIPA effort to convene the best policy minds for robust debate and collaboration that’s rooted in a deeper understanding of global challenges.” SIPA students are eagerly awaiting her arrival.

3. Tre’Vaughn Howard

As First Lady, Clinton worked to increase adoptions and foster homes, lower teen pregnancy rates, create the Children’s Health Insurance Program and support domestic violence prevention. She also traveled to over 80 countries to stand up for democracy, human rights and civil society.

She is now a professor focusing on international affairs at SIPA and a presidential fellow at Columbia World Projects, according to a message from University President Lee Bollinger. She will work closely with SIPA Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo on initiatives to promote democracy and foster women and youth engagement worldwide, Bollinger said.

Howard, who is majoring in broadcast journalism and political science, was chosen to participate in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute this summer, which was held remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. He says he’s excited to be working with some of the most prominent journalists in the world. “It’s a huge honor and it shows that you can take your time to practice your craft, to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, to grow and learn,” Howard says.

4. Norah O’Donnell

Norah O’Donnell is the co-host of CBS News’ morning show “This Morning” and a contributor to “60 Minutes.” A multiple Emmy award winner, O’Donnell has also hosted numerous CBS News election specials, including primary and debate nights.

In 2022, she received a duPont Columbia University Journalism Award and a Scripps Howard award for an exclusive year-and-a-half long investigation on sexual assaults in the military. In addition, O’Donnell was a part of the CBS News team that won an Alfred I. DuPont Network News Coverage award.

O’Donnell has sat down with some of the world’s most influential leaders, and she is known for her passionate activism and commitment to women and girls. O’Donnell is also a member of the board of directors at the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is a graduate of Douglas Mac Arthur High School and Georgetown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in liberal studies.

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