Trisha Craig is the Dean of International and Professional Experience and heads the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), the College’s office responsible for co-curricular programmes, study abroad, career services, graduate and professional school advising and leadership training. Dean Craig came to Singapore in 2012 to head Wheelock College, a liberal arts college whose home campus is in Boston and whose programmes overseas focus on education. There she oversaw academic affairs and operations and also taught in the graduate program. As a result of her work there, she was appointed to a governmental advisory sub-committee on professional development and leadership.
Prior to relocating to Asia, Dean Craig spent most of her career at Harvard University. Most recently, she was Executive Director of the university’s Center for European Studies which was founded as a graduate and post-doctoral research centre. She broadened the mission of the Centre by creating an undergraduate programme that included seminars and short courses, internships in Europe, research assistantships with faculty and visiting scholars, arts and speaker events, and meetings for undergraduates with visiting European leaders and policy makers. Dean Craig’s experience in Asia began at the Harvard Institute for International Development where she worked in numerous countries doing research and policy advising in the social sector. Invited by the Asian Development Bank to examine the quality of life in rural Asia, she carried out fieldwork in China, India and Thailand, eventually co-authoring a book on the topic. Subsequently, she developed a year-long project on infrastructure in China that was based in the Foreign Capital Management division of the Chinese Ministry of Finance.
A native of Philadelphia, Dean Craig is the product of a liberal arts education. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD from Yale in Sociology, where her focus was on political institution building and democratic transitions in Europe.