Trisha Craig

Social Sciences (Sociology and Political Science)

Senior Lecturer
Vice President (Engagement)


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Trisha Craig is Vice President (Engagement) at Yale-NUS College and responsible for the College’s initiatives and activities in the areas of external engagement, alumni affairs and summer programming. In this role, she focuses on creating opportunities for purposeful engagement and building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders within Singapore, the region and the world at large.

Dr Craig received her BA in Economics from Swarthmore College and her MA and PhD from Yale in Sociology, where she focused on political institution building in European democratic transitions. At Yale-NUS, she teaches European Politics and was formerly the Executive Director of Harvard’s Center for European Studies. She spent part of her career in international development, with advising and consulting roles that took her to Latin America, Africa and Asia. She co-authored The Quality of Life in Rural Asia (Oxford University Press, 2001)  and from that, developed a year-long project on rural infrastructure for the Ministry of Finance in China. Currently she is working on China’s belt and road initiative, and implications for Chinese and European higher education.

Political Institutions
Party Politics

“Pressure and Politics in a Decentralized Candidate Selection System The Case of the United States.” American Behavioral Scientist, 60, 2016: 799-818.

The Quality of Life in Rural Asia. With David E. Bloom and Pia N. Malaney. Oxford University Press, 2001.

“Public and Private Roles in Providing and Financing Social Services: Health and Education.” With David Bloom and Marc Mitchell in Yidan Wang (ed.), Public Private Partnerships in the Social Sector: Issues and Country Experiences in Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo: ADBI Publishing, 2000.

“Parenting from a Distance: The Effects of Paternal Characteristics on Contact between Nonresidential Fathers and their Children.” With Elizabeth C. Cooksey. Demography, 35 (2), 1998: 187-200.

“Spain: In Search of Social Democracy.” in Late Twentieth-Century Social Democracy, Jean-Pierre Beaud and Jean-Guy Prévost (ed.), Montreal: Université du Québec, 1995.

“Political Mediation, Traditional Parties and New Social Movements: Lessons from Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party.” Working Paper 1995/67 of the Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones, Madrid, Spain. 1995.

“American Marriage Patterns in Transition.” With Neil G. Bennett and David E. Bloom. in The Changing American Family: Sociological and Demographic Perspectives, edited by Scott South and Stewart Tolnay, Westview, 1992.

“The Divergence of Black and White Marriage Patterns.” With Neil G. Bennett and David E. Bloom. American Journal of Sociology, 95 (3), 1989: 692-722.

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