Carnegie Mellon University

Emily Half

Emily Half

Deputy Director


Emily Half is the Deputy Director for the Institute for Politics and Strategy. She provides strategic support to the director to execute the mission and vision of IPS, manages the IPS course registration process, and supervises the IPS staff. Emily also advises all undergraduate students in the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

Emily is dedicated to holistic academic advising and supports her students in their decisions around course selection and degree requirements, study abroad, research opportunities, fellowships and scholarships, internships and post-graduation opportunities. She is passionate about knowing each and every one of her advisees and their individual passions in order to assist them in developing a network of resources to support their undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate experiences. Her goal is to enable their growth as students, scholars and critical global citizens by presenting them with opportunities and breaking down barriers to success. She is the 2017 recipient of Carnegie Mellon University's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Advising and Mentoring. The Academic Advising Award is intended to recognize a commitment to helping students in selecting courses, focusing and managing research and choosing a major/minor, determining long-term career and personal development goals, and defining and achieving academic goals.

Prior to her work in the Dietrich College, Emily served the university in the division of student affairs in a variety of capacities including study abroad, multicultural programming, and residence life. Emily has been with Carnegie Mellon University since 2000. She has a master's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Bucknell University.