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President, American Council of Learned Societies

Pauline Yu became President of the American Council of Learned Societies in 2003 and will be President Emeritus on July 1, 2019.  Previously she served as Dean of Humanities at UCLA, Founding Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at UC-Irvine, and professor at Columbia University and the University of Minnesota.  Her publications have focused on classical Chinese poetry, comparative poetics, and issues in the humanities.  She received her B.A. in Modern European History and Literature from Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University.

Yu serves on many boards, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Humanities Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and The Henry Luce, The Robert H. N. Ho Family, and The Teagle Foundations. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the American Philosophical Society and Committee of 100.  A senior research scholar at Columbia, she holds five honorary degrees.

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