Deidre Shauna Lynch

Deidre Shauna Lynch

Harvard College Professor
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Deidre Shauna Lynch

Education: B.A. Hons., University of British Columbia (1983)
A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University (1992)

Interests: Eighteenth-century and Romantic-period British literature and culture; theory and history of the novel; the Gothic; the Enlightenment; book history and the history of reading; affect theory; history of English studies.

Selected Works:
(co-ed. with Alexandra Gillespie), The Unfinished Book: Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature (2021); (ed.) The Romantic Period, vol. D of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2018); (ed.) Jane Austen, Mansfield Park: An Annotated Edition (2016); Loving Literature: A Cultural History (2015); (ed.) Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees (2000); The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (1998); (co-ed with William Warner) Cultural Institutions of the Novel (1996).


I welcome conversation with all undergraduate and graduate students, but as a first-generation college student myself, I am especially eager to support first-generation Harvard students.

Contact Information

Office: Barker 145

Zoom Office:
Meeting ID: 254 706 3872

p: 617-384-9336
Office Hours: In Barker 145, but really in the Barker Center courtyard if the weather is fine, each Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., each Tuesday from 2-3 p.m.; also on Zoom, each Thursday from 3-4 p.m. Also by appointment.