Linda Chavers, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Harvard College
Lecturer in African and American Studies
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.
73 Winthrop Mail Center
Cambridge, MA 02138