Jeanne Follansbee joined the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2013 as academic dean after serving as the director of studies in history and literature at Harvard, where she was also a senior lecturer. Follansbee serves on the dean’s leadership team. As lead academic program advisor to the dean, she provides support for the program leadership, overseeing strategic and multiyear planning, research, writing, and report preparation and establishing partnerships across the University.
A scholar of 20th-century American literature and culture, Follansbee is the author of articles on William Faulkner, James Agee and Walker Evans, and Richard Wright. She has also written a forthcoming book, “Fictions of Fascism: Literary Resistance in Thirties America,” about antifascist literature in the 1930s, and is a coeditor, with Ann Keniston, of Literature after 9/11 (Routledge, 2008). Follansbee serves on the division executive committee on the teaching of literature for the Modern Language Association. She is also a trustee of Colgate University, where she serves on the Committee on Academic and Faculty Affairs and the working group on global initiatives. Prior to her academic career, Follansbee worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and was the principal in a marketing consulting business.
Follansbee earned her undergraduate degree in English from Colgate University and holds a PhD in English from Boston University. She taught history and literature at Harvard and in the English department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before rejoining Harvard’s history and literature department as director of studies in 2006.