Adele Lindenmeyr

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD
Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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 thirty years at Villanova University Dr. Lindenmeyr has served as a member of the University’s Strategic Planning Committee and the University Senate, as an officer of Villanova’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and on numerous college and university committees.

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 has published two 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.  The same organization also honored her in 2003 with its Outstanding Achievement Award. In addition, she has published more than twenty-five articles in American, European, and Russian scholarly journals and books, and has presented her research at national and international conferences. Her current project, titled Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Russian Revolution, is the first biography of one of the most prominent women of late imperial Russia. Dean Lindenmeyr is also a co-editor of an international project devoted to publishing new research on Russian history during World War I and the 1917 Revolution, titled Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1921. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, she was invited along with other Russian history specialists to participate in a panel at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute in February of 2017, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian 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 served as assistant to the Provost at the University of Pennsylvania while completing her doctorate, and subsequently taught at Princeton, Rutgers and Carnegie Mellon Universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania.