Catherine M. Sharkey

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Catherine Sharkey is one of the nation’s leading authorities on punitive damages and federal preemption. She has published more than 40 articles, essays, and book chapters in the fields of torts, products liability, administrative law, and class actions. Sharkey is co-author with Richard Epstein of Cases and Materials on Torts (10th edition, 2012) and co-editor with Saul Levmore of Foundations of Tort Law (2nd edition, 2009). She is a founding member of the World Tort Law Society, established in 2012. Sharkey is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an adviser to the ALI Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm. She was a 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow and an academic consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Sharkey received her BA in economics summa cum laude from Yale University. A Rhodes Scholar, she received an MSc in economics for development, with distinction, from Oxford, and her JD from Yale University, where she was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the US Supreme Court, Sharkey practiced appellate litigation before joining the faculty of Columbia Law School. She came to NYU School of Law in 2007.


  • Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law