Professor Emma Teng assumed the position as Head of MIT’s Global Studies and Languages (GSL) on July 1, 2015. Teng holds a dual appointment in GSL and History. Until recently, she served as the Director of the MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches courses in Chinese culture, Chinese migration history, Asian American history, East Asian culture, and women’s and gender studies.
“I am greatly honored to succeed Prof. Ian Condry as Head of Global Studies and Languages,” Professor Teng said. “We are living in an increasingly globalized and diverse world, which makes the mission of GSL – to educate MIT undergraduates to be engaged global citizens – more important than ever. GSL has an amazing team of faculty, lecturers and staff, who work together to provide a rich and innovative educational program for our students, and I am looking forward to working with everyone to further develop Global Studies and Languages in the years ahead.”
After two-and-a-half years at the helm of Global Studies and Languages, the outgoing GSL head, Professor Ian Condry, stepped down in order to concentrate on teaching and research as part of the GSL faculty.
Ian Condry told the Babel Newsletter, that during his tenure as head of Global Studies and Languages, “It has been inspiring to learn more about what my colleagues are doing, shaping the world through research and education, and bringing diverse international perspectives to MIT. For me, learning a second language opened many doors, and truly transformed my outlook on my own experiences growing up in the US. I appreciate that GSL is able to share the love of languages and of the cultures of other places in ways that I’m sure will have a great impact down the road.”
Looking ahead, Condry reported that his research would “explore how the music industry is being reshaped in a digital age,” and he plans to “pursue a project that will look ethnographically at recent developments in Japan and the US.”