Allston Burr Resident Dean

Linda Chavers, PhD

The Allston Burr Resident Dean's Office is Winthrop residents' first resource in the areas of academic life and individual well-being.

Winthrop's Allston Burr Resident Dean (formerly known as the "Resident Dean" or "Senior Tutor"), Linda Chavers serves as both your academic and residential dean. Her job is to help you, as a Harvard student, connect with your House and college community and make the most of this institution's tremendous resources. She is a counselor and adviser, and your direct link to the college administration and services. Whether you are filing a routine change of concentration form or need help navigating your way through a life-altering event or decision, her door is open and almost certainly the right place to start. As her predecessor liked to say, the Resident Dean is "your most versatile, most discreet, and most accessible interface" with the College.

From Linda:



Hi, I'm Linda Chavers, your ABRD for Winthrop. I hail from Washington, DC. I graduated from New York University in 2004 with a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. I'm always happy to talk about the greatness of interdisciplinary study and, yes, how to get a job (and thrive!) with a degree in "Individualized Study." Afterwards, I was a budding writer and worked for The Nation, The New York Times and Vogue Magazine. I’ve always held a fascination with race and pop culture so I wound up at Harvard University and earned my PhD in African American Studies and English in 2013. Since the PhD I've taught at Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Temple University in Philadelphia.

I love storytelling and that is what has guided my professional path. So I enjoy anything and everything in popular media but particularly reality television and anything by Shonda Rhimes. That said, I don't think anything can (nor should) top a fantastic novel and I am usually reading one to two books per week. My favorite author is William Faulkner and favorite films are usually anything by Christopher Nolan. I am a huge spin and yoga enthusiast.

I come to Winthrop with my mother (a clinical social worker at Cambridge Health) and a little companion named Big (aka Biggie Smalls). He's a West Highland Terrier (“Westie”) who loves people and being the center of attention. You can follow him on Instagram @bigwigs82.


For personal and academic advising:
Check walk-in hours in the Weekly Newsletter
Or make an appointment HERE



Office: J-Entry | 617-495-2296 |



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