Pauline Ruth Yu
American Council of Learned Societies
Language and literary scholar; Educator; Academic and learned society administrator
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies
Pauline Yu served as President of the American Council of Learned Societies from 2003 through 2019, having previously served for ten years as Dean of Humanities at UCLA. 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 is a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She serves on many boards, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and 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.