Vanessa Scherrer

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Dr Vanessa Scherrer is the Vice President Delegate for International Affairs of Sciences Po. In April 2018, she will take over as the Vice President for International Affairs of Sciences Po.

Dr Scherrer has been the founding Executive Director and Vice Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po, from 2010 to 2017. She joined the leadership of PSIA with Dean Ghassan Salamé, and later with Dean Enrico Letta. Her management responsibilities covered the major missions of the school including curriculum and faculty affairs; student affairs, admissions and career services; international partnerships; financial and development affairs; communications and external relations. Under her leadership, PSIA grew to become this world-class school of international affairs with more than 400 distinguished faculty and a community of 1500 students, 70% of them international students coming from more than 100 countries in the world. In 2016 and 2017, Sciences Po was ranked #4 in Politics and International Affairs in the world (QS rankings).

Before joining Sciences Po, Dr Scherrer spent a decade at Columbia University, New York, where she was the Director of the Alliance Program at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The Alliance Program is a forward-looking and sustainable partnership between four world-leading universities across the Atlantic (Columbia University, the Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne). An endowed program at Columbia University, the Alliance Program has remained a unique academic endeavor in the world of international education benefiting more than 300 students and 80 faculty members every year.

Vanessa Scherrer is a member of the faculty of Sciences Po. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po (Paris, France). At Columbia University and now at Sciences Po, Dr. Scherrer has taught Research Design and Qualitative Methods, Public Opinion and European Politics, and American Government. She has also launched and taught an experimental transatlantic course on Global Leadership, in collaboration with the Dean of the Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech University. A specialist of Political Sociology, her research interests have included political behavior, political socialization processes and experimental methodology. Vanessa Scherrer has been the recipient of several academic scholarships, including the first doctoral scholarship of excellence jointly offered by Sciences Po and Columbia University in 2001. 

Vanessa Scherrer serves on the board and founding committee of ExpoFrance 2025, the organization in charge of France's bid to host the World Expo in 2025 ; she also serves on the steering board of the Groupe d’Intérêt Public for France’s bid for the World Expo. She has been part of the flagship Young Leaders program of the French American Foundation since 2013, which she has been supporting as a member of their programs and events committee since then. She has also served on the editorial committee of the innovative Echapée Volée, TEDx Paris. 

Vanessa Scherrer lives in Paris with her husband and their three children.