Catherine M. Sharkey

NYU School of Law

Catherine Sharkey is the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at New York University. She has published dozens of articles in the fields of administrative law, torts, and products liability and is a leading authority on the economic loss rule, punitive damages, and federal preemption. Sharkey’s scholarship has been cited by numerous state and federal appellate and trial courts. She is co-author with Richard Epstein of Cases and Materials on Torts (11th ed. 2016). She is a founding member of the World Tort Law Society and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Sharkey is also an appointed public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an adviser to the Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm, and a 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow.

Professor Sharkey earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, summa cum laude, from Yale University. A Rhodes Scholar, she earned a master of science in economics for development, with distinction, from Oxford University (Magdalen College), and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court.