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Dr Kathleen O'Halleran


United Nations Development Programme

Dr Kathleen I. O'Halleran is a retired University Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Social Sciences Education Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, USA. She is currently writing for academe and is a volunteer United Nations Development Programme Team Member on matters pertaining to development and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Her degrees (BA, MA and PhD, ABD) are in the field of sustainability - for the environment. for culture, and for societies as a whole. This has also directed her career as a writer, and during her career as a university professor. She taught undergraduate general and upper division courses in geography, political science, comparative politics and international relations, world history, United States history, the history of the Middle East, and sociology. She found greatly rewarding teaching teachers to teach social sciences courses, as well. Her writings follow her passion for a more sustainable environment for the planet and all its inhabitants, and her focus across multiple terrains allows her the ability to hone in on problem areas where resilience may be most needed, whether politically, environmentally, culturally, or socially.

Kathleen has served as a senior editor and researcher for a Post 9-11 White House Committee commissioned report that became a book entitled Arab and Muslim Countries: Profiles in Contrast. She has also written chapters for reference works that are found in more than 250 libraries and institutions around the world, including in American Indians at Risk (on housing and on social issues and problems, America Goes Green (on social attitudes, politics, and state of the states on environmental policy and realities "on the ground"), American Political Culture (on US environmental policy and politics, The Sage Encyclopedia of War (on Guatemala's enduring civil war and current affairs), and most recently for Contemporary Issues in Africa's Development (on domestic and international issues of insecurity). Her work has also been cited in an Amicus brief before the US Supreme Court on the need to retain/preserve American Indian courts.