Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Meghan O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of the practice of international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also the chair of the North American Group of the Trilateral Commission. Dr. O’Sullivan served as special assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan under President George W. Bush. She was the vice chair of the all-party talks in Northern Ireland in 2013. Dr. O’Sullivan serves on the board of United Technologies and is a trustee of several nonprofit organizations. She has been awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Defense Department’s highest honor for civilians, and was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award three times. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power. Dr. O’Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s of science degree in economics and a doctorate in politics from Oxford University.