Pauline Yu


Honorary Degree (2017)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie


Pauline Yu, one of the foremost scholars in Chinese and comparative literature, was awarded an honorary degree at the graduate commencement ceremony at IU Bloomington May 5. Yu also was the featured speaker at the ceremony.
Since 2003, Yu has been president of the American Council of Learned Societies, one of the oldest and most respected advocates for the work of scholarship. In that role, she has been a leading spokesperson for the importance of research and learning in the humanities. She is also a senior adjunct research scholar and visiting professor in East Asian languages and cultures at Columbia University.
Yu has been a pioneer in promoting the study and understanding of the broad historical canon of Chinese poetry in contemporary times, both on its own terms as an important literary and cultural form and as it has circulated internationally as an important comparative source for Western and European Chinese imaginary.