Kellee Tsai, a political scientist, has been appointed as the dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. She will start on Feb. 26, 2024. Tsai joins Northeastern from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where she has served as the dean of humanities and social science since 2018. She arrived at the university in 2013 as the head of its social science division.
Prior to that, Tsai spent the first 13 years of her academic career at John Hopkins University. She began as a political science professor before becoming director of the East Asian studies program and eventually vice dean of social sciences and humanities and vice dean for graduate programs. “Northeastern practices what it preaches, and I believe its graduates are uniquely equipped to tackle grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century,” Tsai says. “Relatedly, I’m also deeply impressed by the fact that the university actively nurtures interdisciplinary and cross-college collaboration.”
Tsai has consistently advocated for interdisciplinary approaches to tackling some of the most pressing issues facing the world today, giving students the skills and knowledge they need to adapt and succeed in a world that is rapidly being transformed by technology.