Hillary Clinton Is Columbia’s Latest High-Profile Professor

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Background: Columbia University campus. Inset: Hillary Clinton (cropped) by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

The former Secretary of State is adding two new gigs to her résumé: professor of practice at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and presidential fellow at Columbia World Projects (CWP).


Lee Bollinger, who has served as Columbia University’s president since 2002, announced the hire on Thursday, January 5 in a letter to the community. “I have had the great pleasure of knowing Hillary personally for three decades, since her early days as First Lady of the United States,” he wrote. “Her public service has expanded since then, most notably in her remarkably successful tenure as United States Senator for the State of New York, in her impressive role as Secretary of State, and in her two historic and record-breaking presidential campaigns. Given her extraordinary talents and capacities together with her singular life experiences, Hillary Clinton is unique, and, most importantly, exceptional in what she can bring to the University’s missions of research and teaching, along with public service and engagement for the public good.”

A graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, Clinton is no stranger to elite academic institutions. She will work alongside Dean Karen Yarhi-Milo to help engage the student community, spearhead a variety of new initiatives and “develop innovative policy solutions.” Meanwhile, over at CWP, her lofty expertise will come in handy as she aids top staffers in their quest to “renew democracy and foster effective engagements with women and youth” across the globe.

“I am honored to join Columbia University, and the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia World Projects,” Clinton stated. “Columbia’s commitment to educating the next generation of U.S. and global policy leaders, translating insights into impact and helping to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges resonates personally with me. I look forward to contributing to these efforts.”


Though an HRC sighting in the Morningside Heights neighborhood is a possibility, don’t expect to see her sipping a happy hour margarita off the clock at The Heights anytime soon. Given she and husband Bill (you may have heard of him) famously own a palatial compound just 30 miles north of Manhattan in Chappaqua (one of Westchester’s ritziest zip codes), it’s unlikely Clinton will post up in a pied-à-terre during the work week.

Clinton’s tenure at Columbia University will begin in February 2023.


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