Nancy W. Gleason

Associate Professor of Practice of Political Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: NancyGleason@nyu.edu
Education: BA, George Washington University; MSc London School of Economics; MA The Fletcher School, Tufts University; PhD Tufts University

Research Areas: Industry 4.0; The Future of Work; Higher Education Learning; Pedagogy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Lifelong Learning; Sustainability


Nancy W. Gleason, PhD is the inaugural Director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. In her role she guides faculty in the pedagogy of liberal arts education which transfers interdisciplinary competencies for a digital economy, such as critical thinking and creativity. She teaches a signature course, Industrial Revolutions and the Future of Work in the University’s unique Core Curriculum. This course speaks directly to her current research project on the cognition gaps in the global workforce.

Previously, Dr. Gleason directed the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and served in the Global Affairs Majors as a Senior Lecturer. She also taught at Tufts University in Boston, MA, USA for six years. Her research has focused on climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s impacts for higher education, workforce training, and the future of work. She has published and consulted widely in these areas and is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Springer, 2018). She is the co-editor of the forthcoming (Palgrave March 2020) volume, Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia. She holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from George Washington University.

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