John T. O'Keefe
Dean of the Class of 2020

John O’Keefe is dean of the Class of 2020. In addition to working directly with students as their class dean, he is also director of Advising and Academic Support Services, and responsible for coordinating academic advising services for all Wellesley students.

John is a graduate of Columbia University, and earned degrees at the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard Divinity School before earning a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization at Harvard, studying religion and family life in colonial New England. He came to Wellesley after working in several positions at Harvard College, including serving as the resident academic dean of one of the Harvard Houses and teaching in the history and literature program there. John lives in Cambridge with his husband, Mark Smith.

John's office is 221 Schneider (the Class Deans are no longer in Green Hall). You can contact him at 781-283-2326 or