Vanessa Scherrer

Vice Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris

Vanessa is the Vice Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po (PSIA), and a member of the faculty of Sciences Po. After a decade spent at Columbia University, Vanessa took on this role at Sciences Po in September 2010, upon the launching of PSIA. A global school based in Paris, PSIA attracts among the best students and faculty world-wide, and has an international student population that exceeds 70%. With 1300 students coming from 100 different countries, PSIA is the only school of international affairs in France, and among the largest in Europe. Graduates are offered nine Master programs and 21 concentration programs covering major fields in international affairs. Vanessa’s management responsibilities include major missions of the school: curriculum and faculty affairs; student affairs, admissions and career services; international partnerships; budget and development affairs; communications and external relations.

Prior to her appointment at PSIA in September 2010, Vanessa was the Director of the Alliance Program at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Under her leadership, the Alliance Program grew into a sustainable partnership between four world-leading universities (Columbia University, the Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). Now endowed at Columbia University, the Alliance Program remains a unique academic endeavor in the world of international education benefiting more than 300 students and 80 faculty members every year.

Vanessa holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po (Paris, France). At Columbia University and now at Sciences Po, Vanessa has taught Research Design and Qualitative Methods, Public Opinion and European Politics, and American Government. A specialist of Political Sociology, her research interests have included political behavior, political socialization processes and experimental methodology. Vanessa 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 lives in Paris with her husband and their three children.