Prof. Dr. Meredith Jung-En Woo
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia

Meredith Woo is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. During her six-year tenure (2008-2014), she enhanced the College’s scholarly visibility, particularly in the sciences, global studies, and collaborative and multidisciplinary research. Prior to coming to UVA she served as professor of political science and associate dean for the social sciences at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and at Northwestern University. She has consulted with the World Bank, the US Trade Representative, Asian Development Bank and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

An expert on international political economy and East Asian politics, she has written and edited eight books, and was the executive producer of an award-winning documentary film, Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People, about Stalin’s ethnic cleansing of Koreans living in Far Eastern Russia during the Great Terror.

A native of Seoul who was educated in Seoul and Tokyo through high school, she came to the United States to study at Bowdoin College in Maine.  She completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in international affairs, Latin American studies, and political science at Columbia University.