Faculty Dean of Kirkland House Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and Art, Film, and Visual Studies
I came to Harvard in 1995 and to the Kirkland House in 2000. Trained in French literature at Columbia University (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.) in French and Art History, I taught at a number of institutions in North American and France before joining Romance Languages and, soon after, Visual and Environmental Studies. My research is devoted to literature, cinema, and cartography. I am on leave in 2019-20 and have been awarded a Berlin Prize. Verena and I consider Kirkland to be our House and Home, and its staff, students and affiliates all part of a wondrously extended family. It is a delight and an honor to be where we are.
Faculty Dean of Kirkland House Long-term Visiting Professor, Departments of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literature
I was born in Zürich, Switzerland and spent my childhood on the shores of Lake Geneva. Raised bilingually in a family that specialized in business in Southeast Asia, I quickly developed a liking for other languages and cultures. After an education in the liberal arts built around seven years of Latin (!!), a Fulbright fellowship allowed me to settle on American shores. I turned resolutely to contemporary studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning my Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature. I have taught at several institutions ( the University of Paris-VIII, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA among them). At Harvard, I teach in Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literatures. I have written on post-World War II intellectual history, experimental women writers, ecology, technology as well as a couple of creative books. I like to swim, hike, attend varsity games or simply hang out. I look forward to another wonderful year in Kirkland House.... Read more about Verena Conley