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Dean's Welcome

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Julie Hayes, Dean


Julie Candler Hayes, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, came to UMass in 2006 as Chair of the recently formed Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Hayes previously taught at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Richmond, where she chaired the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 1998 to 2004.

Hayes’s research focuses primarily on literary and philosophical texts of the French Enlightenment; she has also written extensively on contemporary literary theory and the history and theory of translation. Her most recent book is Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800 (2009). Her earlier books study French theatre and Enlightenment concepts of systematicity in literature, philosophy, and science. She co-edited two volumes, Using the Encyclopédie: Ways of Reading, Ways of Knowing (2002) and Emilie Du Châtelet: Rewriting Enlightenment Philosophy and Science (2006). Her current scholarly work looks at seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women moral philosophers.

The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center, she was recently honored by being named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government. In 2012, she was elected president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization.

"In the years since I came to UMass, I have come to care deeply about this institution and to admire the creativity, the intellectual ambition, and the dedication of the faculty, students, and staff," said Hayes. "I look forward to serving the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, to supporting our departments and programs, to reaching out to our alums, and to telling our story."

Hayes earned her BA in French and Philosophy from Austin College in 1977; her M.A. in French Literature from Northwestern University in 1979; and her PhD in French Literature from Northwestern University in 1982.