Scott Wilson, the Alfred Walter Negley Professor of Politics, was named this spring as Sewanee’s new associate dean of global education. He replaces Larry Jones, who retired after more than 20 years of directing the program. Wilson will begin his new role on July 1.
Wilson has taught at the University of the South since 1994 and has chaired the Politics Department since 2004. He has lived a total of more than six years in China studying or conducting research—beginning with a study-abroad experience while a student at Oberlin College—and reads, writes, and speaks Chinese at an advanced level. Wilson spent two years in China working on his dissertation research while in graduate school at Cornell University, and returned there most recently for 10 months of research on a Fulbright Research Scholarship in 2014 and 2015.
“My hope is to shift our focus from just international exchanges to fostering global citizenship,” said Wilson. “I would like our programs to prepare students to be contributing global citizens.
“That entails helping students to learn how to communicate across cultures, preparing students to address global problems, and developing a sense of responsibility to shoulder the burdens of working on global problems such as environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, global health, human rights, and conflict resolution.”
Wilson has written two books on Chinese politics, Tigers without Teeth: The Pursuit of Justice in Contemporary China (2015) and Remade in China: Foreign Investors and Institutional Change (2009), and has published numerous articles in scholarly and international journals. He is a frequent speaker on topics of Chinese politics and citizen engagement at conferences across the U.S. and around the world.
Sewanee’s Office of Global Education addresses many aspects of global studies: internships, study abroad experiences, visa issues, risk assessments, and International and Global Studies faculty members. As part of his new role, Wilson will interact directly with international students coming to Sewanee, and will assist with the transitions students must make both going away and coming back from abroad.