Dean of Faculty Affairs and the Katharine Lee Bates & Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English
Dean Lynch has been at Wellesley College since 1983. She joined the Provost's Office in the 2010-2011 academic year.
In addition to having responsibility for faculty development and appointment matters, in her role as dean Professor Lynch also works directly with departments and some interdepartmental programs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Before assuming her position as dean, she served two terms as Chair of the English Department, from 1998 to 2001 and from 2007 to 2010.
Professor Lynch is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in English and Classics. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. After teaching for one year at UCLA, she joined the Wellesley College faculty in 1983. She has held three NEH Fellowships to support her research in late medieval English literature.
Professor Lynch has written two books (The High Medieval Dream Vision: Poetry, Philosophy and Literary Form, Stanford University Press, 1988; and Chaucer's Philosophical Visions, D.S. Brewer, 2002) and edited two others (Chaucer's Cultural Geography, Routledge, 2002; and Geoffrey Chaucer: Dream Visions and Other Poems, W.W. Norton, 2007). She is also the author of numerous articles and book reviews focusing on late medieval literature and especially the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. In addition to chairing the English Department, she also has directed the Wellesley College Writing Program and the College's interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Lynch has taught a range of medieval literature courses, ranging from Chaucer to medieval visionary literature to a course on her most recent research interest, food in medieval and Renaissance literature and culture. In 1996, she was the winner of the College's Pinanski Prize for excellence in teaching.