Derek Shearer

Senior Fellow


Ambassador Derek Shearer is Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He also serves as Director of Global Affairs, handling the college's international relations and directing the expansion of its International Affairs programs.

He served in the Clinton administration as an Economics official in the Commerce Department, and then as ambassador to Finland (1994-97). He was a fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute and at the Woodrow Wilson Scholars Center in Washington, D.C. He was a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign and to Senator Hillary Clinton in the 2007-08 presidential primary contests.

Shearer's articles on foreign affairs and public policy have appeared in publications including The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. He has authored numerous scholarly and policy articles in books and journals and has lectured at leading universities in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has taught at the University of Maryland, Tufts University and UCLA, as well as at Occidental.

As a senior fellow, Shearer focuses on public diplomacy.

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Derek Shearer In the News

Under the leadership of Senior Fellow Derek Shearer, students at Occidental College in Los Angeles produced a new report documenting the attitudes towards the United States from around the world. Obama and the Rising Powers: The Occidental College Report can be downloaded from

Senior Fellow Derek Shearer has joined with sixteen notable economists in a consensus statement released to the website The Daily Beast. "We recognize the necessity of a program to cut the mid- and long-term federal deficit," the group stated in their release, "but the imperative requirement to restore a full measure of economic activity." Shearer's economic team also included Joseph Stiglitz, Alan Blinder, Laura Tyson and Sir Harold Evans.

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