Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Tamar Gendler has announced that Kenneth Scheve will serve as Dean of Social Sciences at the FAS for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2022, pending formal approval by Yale Corporation.
A member of the Faculty of Philosophy, Scheve is Dean Acheson, Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs. He is a prominent scholar of international and comparative politics with deep roots at Yale. Scheve began his college career as an assistant professor in the FAS Department of Political Science in 2001 and was promoted to professor in 2006. He held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and Stanford, where he held a number of leading roles, before returning to Yale 2020 Since his return, Scheve has served the FAS on the Social Sciences Committee and the Mandates and Appointments Committee, the FAS Faculty Resources Committee, and chaired faculty searches in the Political Science Department. In addition, Scheve was deputy director of academic affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. In his work in Jackson, he led teacher recruitment and curriculum development for Jackson’s new Master of Public Policy degree in global affairs.
An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Scheve conducts research on domestic and international governance of modern capitalism, including work on inequality and redistribution, globalization policy, the social and political consequences of long-term economic change, and climate policy. He teaches courses on governance and global economics, comparative political economy and other topics. Scheve is the author, along with David Stasavage, of Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Justice in the United States and Europe, which examines the role of equity concerns in early 19th-century progressive tax policy through contemporary discussions. He is also the author, along with Matthew Slaughter, of the book “Globalization and the Perception of American Workers,” which examines American public opinion on trade liberalization, immigration, and foreign direct investment policy.
“I am delighted that Ken Scheve will head the FAS Department of Social Sciences in the coming years, ”Gendler said. “Ken’s research in comparative politics is at the intersection of multiple social science disciplines and I am excited to work with him to continue building our social science departments. An unusually talented researcher and mentor, Ken will be an outstanding leader in the social sciences at FAS. ”
Scheve succeeds Steven Wilkinson, who was acting dean of the FAS social sciences during the 2021-2022 academic year. Wilkinson is scheduled to return to his permanent role as director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. During the fall term of 2021, Wilkinson served alongside Alan Gerber, who served as the inaugural dean of the FAS Social Sciences from 2014 to 2021. Wilkinson is an internationally recognized expert on comparative policy and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He chaired the Department of Political Science from 2014 to 2019 and took over as director of the MacMillan Center in 2019. He is the author of many articles and books on South Asian politics, including Voices and Violence, which won the American Political Science Association’s Best Book Award. and most recently “Army and Nation: Indian Army and Democracy from Independence.”
Wilkinson praised Scheve’s appointment: “Ken is a wonderful and warm person, as well as a talented scientist and administrator, so this is great news for the department,” he said. “I can’t be more excited about this choice.”
As Dean of the FAS for Social Sciences, Scheve will work with colleagues within and outside the department to support and promote individual and collective work in the social sciences. “I’m looking forward to building on the work that Steven and Alan started,” Scheve explained. “I am delighted to be working with colleagues within and outside the department to strengthen the social sciences at Yale and advance new initiatives such as strengthening our capacity to address critical social and political challenges through research.”
The FAS Dean of Social Sciences oversees the day-to-day well-being and medium- and long-term planning of the Department in the FAS Department of Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Statistics & Data Science) and works with the FAS Dean of Humanities to oversee the programs of various departments (including African-American studies; American studies; ethnicity, race, and migration; and studies of gender and sexuality of women). The Dean of Social Sciences also serves as a member of the FAS management team, and as a voting member of the committees that oversee the management of the FAS, including the FAS Board of Directors and the Faculty Resources Committee. A full job description is available on the FAS website.