Arantza de Areilza

Dean of Humanities at IE University

Dr. Arantza de Areilza is the founding Dean of Humanities at IE University and Dean of the School of International Relations. Arantza received her PhD in Social Sciences from IE University, her Master´s degree in International Public Policy from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (USA), and her Bachelor´s degree in International Relations from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) of the Robert Schuman University (France) and in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense (Spain).

In her position as Dean, Arantza founded IE Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in International Relations. She was the main architect of the creation of IE Humanities Core Program, a transversal syllabus studied in all degrees at IE University and all IE graduate schools. She played a crucial role in the opening of IE University to international students and faculty and to set various educational programs with some of the leading global universities.

Under her lead the IE School of International Relations became a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).

Prior to her appointment as Dean of IE School of Arts and Humanities, Arantza started her professional life as an international relations research fellow at the Karl- Eberhard Universität Tübingens in Germany in 1994. She worked as international observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Sarajevo, Bosnia, after the Dayton agreements in 1996. She also served as Executive Director at the Association of European Journalists to promote critical journalism in the European integration process and to defend the freedom of information and freedom of the press in Europe.