Lauder Professor of Political Science
Brendan O’Leary is an Irish, European Union, and US citizen, and since 2003 the Lauder Professor of Political Science. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-eight books and collections, and the author or co-author of hundreds of articles or chapters in peer-reviewed journals, university presses, encyclopedia articles, and other forms of publication, including op-eds. His latest production is a three-volume study called A Treatise on Northern Ireland and a research report, Northern Ireland and the UK’s Exit from the EU: What Do People Think? Evidence from Two Investigations: A Survey and a Deliberative Forum. He is currently researching the U.K.’s secession from the EU and possible models of Irish re-unification.
O’Leary is the inaugural winner of the Juan Linz prize of the International Political Science Association for contributions to the study of multinational societies, federalism and power-sharing, and in 2016 he was elected an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, principally because of his contributions to the field of power-sharing. In addition to his scholarly work, O’Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor to the United Nations, the European Union, the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and to the British Labour Party (before and during the Irish peace process). O’Leary is a frequent commentator on the 2016 U.K. EU membership referendum and potential power-sharing compromises result, appearing on NPR and RadioWharton, as well as in The Irish Times, Guardian, and HuffPost.