ABOUT THE DEAN
Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD
Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, was appointed Dean of Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2014. Dean Lindenmeyr first joined the Villanova faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor of History and was promoted to professor in 1999. She served as director of Villanova’s graduate program in History from 1992 until 1998, when she began a nine-year tenure as chair of the History department. She then served as the Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2014 before being appointed Dean of the College. In more than thirty years at Villanova University, Dr. Lindenmeyr has served as a member of the University’s Strategic Planning Committee, search committees for fellow deans and the University Librarian, and numerous other College and University committees. Major achievements during her tenure as dean include hiring 137 new fulltime faculty, creating college-level initiatives to advance sustainability and diversity, and launching new centers of excellence, including the Center for Irish Studies, the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, and the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Stewardship.
An internationally-recognized expert in modern Russian history, Dean Lindenmeyr continues to be active as a scholar. Her research has been published in American, European and Russian scholarly outlets and has received fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Likhachev Foundation, among others. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, including most recently the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies; the Notre Dame University Workshop on the Russian Revolution of 1917; and the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities. Dean Lindenmeyr also participated with other Russian history specialists in a panel on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute.
Dean Lindenmeyr is the author or co-editor of several books, including Poverty Is Not A Vice: Charity, Society, and the State in Imperial Russia (Princeton University Press, 1996), the winner of the Heldt Prize for Best Book Published by a Woman in Slavic Studies from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. Her latest book is Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Fate of Revolutionary Russia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), the first biography of one of the most prominent women of late imperial Russia. In 2020 the book received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Open Book Award. Dean Lindenmeyr is also the co-editor of several volumes in the series Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1921 (Slavica Publishers, 2014-present) devoted to publishing new research on Russian history during World War I and the 1917 Revolution, including the upcoming Women and Gender in Russia’s Great War and Revolution. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature, Dean Lindenmeyr earned her PhD in History at Princeton University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Philabundance, a nonprofit Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization.
An internationally-recognized expert in modern Russian history, Dean Lindenmeyr continues to be active as a scholar.