Trisha Craig

Social Sciences (Sociology and Political Science)

Senior Lecturer
Dean of International & Professional Experience


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Dean Trisha 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. She was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Political science at The Ohio State University (OSU) and a visiting faculty member at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain.

From OSU, Dean Craig moved to Harvard to work in international development, where advising and consulting roles 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. Later, she returned to the study of Europe as the Executive Director of Harvard’s Center for European Studies.

In 2012, Dean Craig returned to Asia to run Wheelock College Singapore, a liberal arts college whose home campus is in Boston. She joined Yale-NUS College in 2015. Dean Craig is a frequent columnist for local and international outlets on topics of higher education, labor markets and policy. She is currently writing a book on the internationalisation of 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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