Catherine M. Sharkey

Catherine M. Sharkey

Fellow: Awarded 2011
Field of Study: Law

Competition: US & Canada

New York University School of Law

Catherine Sharkey is the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.  She is one of the nation’s leading authorities on punitive damages and federal preemption in the realm of products liability. She has published more than thirty articles, essays, and book chapters in the fields of tort, administrative law, class actions, and empirical legal studies. She is co-author (with Richard Epstein) of Cases and Materials on Torts (10th ed., 2012) and co-editor (with Saul Levmore) of Foundations of Tort Law (2nd ed., 2009). Sharkey served as an academic consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States. Sharkey received her B.A. in economics summa cum laude from Yale University. A Rhodes Scholar, she received an M.S. in economics for development, with distinction, from Oxford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, Sharkey worked as a Supreme Court and appellate litigation associate at Mayer Brown before joining the faculty of Columbia Law School. She joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 2007.

Follow these links to published works by Catherine M. Sharkey:

The Future of Classwide Punitive Damages, 46 MICH. J.L. REF 1127 (2013),

Against Categorical Preemption: Vaccines and the Compensation Piece of the Preemption Puzzle, 61 DEPAUL L. REV. 1301 (2012),

Inside Agency Preemption, 110 MICH. L. REV. 521 (2012),

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