Report: Hillary Clinton mulling ‘university professor’ role at Columbia

Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering joining the faculty of Columbia University. 

“One option under discussion is an esteemed ‘University Professor’ role that would allow Clinton to lecture across a range of schools and departments without the requirement of a strict course load, one source said," according to the New York Daily News.

The source also indicated that Clinton may have options including teaching law or international affairs. 

She has expertise in both areas, having been a lawyer and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law in the 1970s, before later becoming first lady and U.S. Secretary of State. 

Meanwhile, the Daily News quotes another insider as saying, “It’s all fluid. It could be a number of things. No decisions have been made, but there are talks.” 

Clinton has had past associations with Columbia; she spoke there in 2015 during an event in which Lee C. Bollinger, the university’s president, joked that “Columbia will always have a place for the Hillary Rodham Clinton library.”    

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The location of her archives is also reportedly being discussed with the school. 

That said, Columbia isn’t the first institution to have been in talks with Clinton about a possible partnership; CNN reported in March that multiple schools had contacted her but nothing had been confirmed. 

Since losing the 2016 presidential election, Clinton released a book titled ‘What Happened’ but has otherwise remained vague about her future plans; though she has expressed her intent to remain politically active on issues related to women and children, she also declared that she is “done with being a candidate.” 

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