Faculty Deans

Tom Conley

Tom Conley

Faculty Dean of Kirkland House
Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and Visual and Environmental 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.  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.... Read more about Tom Conley

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Verena Conley

Verena Conley

Faculty Dean of Kirkland House
Long-term Visiting Professor, Departments of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literature

I was born in Zurich, 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, including Miami University, the University of Paris-VIII, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. At Harvard, I teach in Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literatures. Last year I was on leave and spent time at the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Research Center in Washington D.C. I am working on two projects. The first, From the Colony to Ecology, focuses on a French colonial gardens, the Jardin d’Essai du Hamma in Algiers and the second on The Care of the Possible. In 2017-18, I will be teaching a course on “Politics of Aesthetics” (CPL 274) and another on “Mediterranean Crossings: Of Exiles, Migrants and Refugees” (FRE 174).  I have written books on post-World War II intellectual history, experimental women writers, ecology and technology. I also wrote a couple of creative texts. Among other things, I like to swim, hike, attend varsity and IM games or simply hang out. I look forward to another wonderful year at Kirkland House.... Read more about Verena Conley

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