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Professor Jason Sharman

Head of Department of POLIS

Professor of Politics 

University Teaching Officer


Jason Sharman is Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge, as well as the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations and a fellow of King’s College. He was educated in Australia, Russia and the United States, and earlier held positions at the American University in Bulgaria, the University of Sydney and Griffith University.


Sharman’s research is divided into two main streams. The first is focused on the global regulation of money laundering, corruption and tax havens. The second deals with the international relations of the early modern world and the historical evolution of the international system.

His latest books are The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management (Cornell University Press 2017), and Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order (Princeton University Press 2019). Aside from his academic research, Sharman has worked as a consultant with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Financial Action Task Force, Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering and with a variety of groups in the private sector.