North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Dr. Georges Van Den Abbeele to be the founding dean of its Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, one of three new, dis­tinct col­leges being launched by the Uni­ver­sity this fall.

As founding dean, Dr. Van Den Abbeele will have the unique oppor­tu­nity to build on Northeastern’s existing strengths in the social sci­ences and human­i­ties to advance a global vision for the col­lege and lead it to achieve that vision.

Georges Van Den Abbeele’s career incor­po­rates out­standing accom­plish­ments both as a scholar of lan­guages, lit­er­a­ture and human­i­ties, and as a suc­cessful fundraiser and aca­d­emic leader,” said Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs at North­eastern. “Dr. Van Den Abbeele’s expe­ri­ence in over­seeing sev­eral depart­ments and leading a world-​​class insti­tute of human­i­ties studies will be invalu­able as he leads our new Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Humanities.”

The Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties will include the fol­lowing aca­d­emic depart­ments: African Amer­ican Studies; Amer­ican Sign Lan­guage; Eco­nomics; Eng­lish; His­tory; Lan­guages, Lit­er­a­tures and Cul­tures; Phi­los­ophy and Reli­gion; Polit­ical Sci­ence; and Soci­ology and Anthro­pology. It will also include the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Human­i­ties Center, as well as inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams in Asian Studies, Inter­na­tional Affairs, Jewish Studies, Latino/​a, Latin Amer­ican and Caribbean Studies, Lead­er­ship Studies, Middle East Studies, Urban Studies and Women’s Gender and Sex­u­ality Studies

Dr. Van Den Abbeele is a gifted scholar and visionary leader with a pas­sion for advancing inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research.” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “He is the ideal person to estab­lish the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties as a world-​​renowned insti­tu­tion ded­i­cated to the inte­gra­tion of rig­orous schol­ar­ship and expe­ri­en­tial learning.”

Georges Van Den Abbeele, a scholar of romance lan­guages and lit­er­a­ture, comes to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity from his posi­tion as the dean of human­i­ties at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, Santa Cruz. In this role, he over­sees seven depart­ments, four research cen­ters, and addi­tional pro­grams and research projects. Under his lead­er­ship, the Human­i­ties divi­sion devel­oped an advance­ment effort that gen­er­ated two endowed chairs in its first year.

Prior to joining UC Santa Cruz, he spent 16 years at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, Davis. While there, he helped found the NEH-​​funded Pacific Regional Human­i­ties Center and directed the Davis Human­i­ties Insti­tute, which offers a res­i­den­tial fel­low­ship pro­gram, 15 inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research clus­ters, a grad­uate stu­dent fel­low­ship pro­gram, and a rich col­lec­tion of con­fer­ences and lec­tures. He was also a leader in forging col­lab­o­ra­tions among California’s state universities.

A pro­lific author and trans­lator, his research inter­ests include French and Euro­pean philo­soph­ical lit­er­a­ture, lit­erary theory and trans­la­tion, travel nar­ra­tive and migra­tion studies, media his­tory and theory, as well as the inter­sec­tion of human­i­ties and public policy.

In 2008, he was elected to the Euro­pean Academy of Sci­ences and received its Blaise Pascal Award for out­standing achieve­ment in human­i­ties and social sci­ences. He holds a BA from Reed Col­lege and a PhD in Romance studies with minors in com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture and clas­sics from Cor­nell University.

Anchored by its sig­na­ture co-​​op pro­gram, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is world renowned for its lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion. North­eastern is also a leader in the pro­duc­tion of use-​​inspired research that meets global and soci­etal needs.

The new Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties was cre­ated as part of a restruc­turing of the former Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences and the Col­lege of Crim­inal Justice.