Linda Chavers, Ph.D.

Linda Chavers, Ph.D.

Winthrop House Resident Dean
Assistant Dean of Harvard College
Lecturer in African and American Studies
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The Resident Dean's office is the students' first resource in the areas of academic life and individual well-being. As Winthrop House Resident Dean I am your most versatile, most discreet, and most accessible interface with the College. As both your academic and personal advisor my job is to help you, as a Harvard student, connect with your House and college community and to make the most of Harvard's tremendous resources. I am a counselor and an adviser, and students' direct link to the college administration and services. Whether you are filing a routine change of concentration form or need help navigating your way through a life-altering event or decision, my door is open and almost certainly the right place to start. 

As a lecturer in African American studies I lead one seminar per term. 


I obtained my PhD in African American Literature from Harvard University in 2013. I specialize in making meaningful connections between various modes of entertainment and past and current socio-political movements. I foster interdisciplinary ways of thinking, looking at contemporary events and showing their important relationships to history and literature.

I am also a writer of memoir and essays. 

I am an avid reader of nearly every genre and an eager consumer of pop culture (think reality TV and Netflix). I am a huge fan of spin cycling and rowing. 

I started at Harvard in 2006 as a graduate student pursuing the doctorate in African American Literature. Between 2013 and 2017 I worked as an English Instructor at Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Heritage at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I returned to Harvard in 2017. 


Contact Information

32 Mill Street
73 Winthrop Mail Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-2296