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Brendan O'Leary, CV

Lauder Professor of Political Science &

Director of the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict

University of Pennsylvania

Tel: 215-573-0645, E-mail: boleary@sas.upenn.edu

Personal information

Irish and European Union citizen (undergoing permanent residency in the USA).

Professional Career

University of Pennsylvania (2002-)

2003- Lauder Professor of Political Science

2002-3  Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Chair in the Social Sciences

2007-Director of the University of Pennsylvania Program in Ethnic Conflict

2002-7 Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict

London School of Economics & Political Science (1983-2003)

2000-2001 Academic Governor (elected)

1998-2001 Chair of the Government Dept

1996-2002 Professor of Political Science

1992-1996  Reader in Political Science

1990-1992  Senior Lecturer in Political Science

1988  Tenure Granted

1985-1990 Lecturer in Public Administration


London School of Economics & Political Science

PhD: The Asiatic Mode of Production: Oriental Despotism, Historical Materialism, and Indian Historiography.  1988.

Winner of the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize.

Examiners: Profs. Ernest Gellner (Cambridge) and Nicos Mouzelis (LSE).

Oxford University, Keble College

BA:  Philosophy, Politics and Economics,

First Class Honors, 1981.

Winner Open Scholarship, 1977-81.

President of the JCR (elected).

St MacNissi’s College, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

3 GCE A Levels, 1976.

Winner of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers Prize for First Place in Ancient History.

11 GCE Ordinary Level, 1973-5.

Primary Schools

Multiple: including Eden, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Kirkistown, Cloughey, Co. Down, Strawberry Hill/Sunday’s Well  School, Cork, and various schools in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Prizes  and Certificates

Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize, PhD (1988).  European Consortium for Political Research Summer School on Data Analysis, Essex University (1982).

Open scholarship, Keble College, Oxford University (1977-1981).

Production Management Course,  N.I.  Manpower Services (1977).

Winner,  Queen’s University Belfast/ Northern Bank Northern Ireland  Schools Debating Competition  (Pairs, 1975).

Winner,  Best Individual Speaker, Irish Times / Trinity College,  Dublin University,  All-Ireland Schools Debating Competition (1975).

Teaching experience

PhD Supervision and examining  

PhD courses at Penn:

National and Ethnic Conflict Regulation, 2002- Learning to be an Academic, 2003-4

Federal Failures and Successes, 2005-

Great Books in Comparative Politics 2005-

Genocide and Ethnic Expulsion, 2006-

The Politics of Contemporary Iraq, 2006-


Supervised 25 completed PhDs at the LSE 1986-2003; Supervised 2 completed PhD at U Penn.

Supervising 2 students at U Penn.

PhD Examiner at Universities of London, Oxford, National University of Ireland,  Queen’s University Belfast, University of Toronto.

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