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Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, is the inaugural William and Julia Moulden Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dean Lindenmeyr began her tenure at Villanova in 1987, when she joined the faculty of the History Department. After serving as the chair of the department, and then as the Dean of Graduate Arts and Sciences, she was appointed Dean of the College in 2014.

An internationally recognized expert in modern Russian history, 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, 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, earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Open Book Award in 2020. Dean Lindenmeyr is also the co-editor of three 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.

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.


A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature, Dean Lindenmeyr earned her doctorate in History at Princeton University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Philabundance, a nonprofit Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization.

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