Pauline Yu

Pauline Ruth Yu
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Pauline Yu served as President of the American Council of Learned Societies from 2003-2019, Dean of Humanities at UCLA for ten years, and was a professor at UC-Irvine, Columbia University, and the University of Minnesota. Her publications have focused on classical Chinese poetry, literary theory, comparative poetics, and issues in the humanities. She received her BA in history and literature from Harvard University and her MA and PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. 

Yu holds five honorary degrees and serves on many boards, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study, The Henry Luce and The Teagle Foundations. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the Committee of 100, and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1998.