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Julie C. Hayes


Julie Hayes

(413) 545-4169

E401 South College

Julie Candler Hayes received her B.A. in French and Philosophy at Austin College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Northwestern University. She has been Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts since 2010, having previously served as chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Dean Hayes has also taught at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Richmond.

As dean of HFA, she has worked to expand student success initiatives, fundraising, and research support for faculty and students. She collaborates with partners across campus and nationally to promote women’s academic leadership and has written and conducted workshops on issues in American higher education.

Dean Hayes is an internationally known scholar of the literature and philosophy of the French Enlightenment. She has also written extensively on the history and theory of translation as well as contemporary literary theory. Her current work looks at seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women moral philosophers. 

Research Areas

  • Literature and Philosophy of the French Enlightenment
  • Women's Literary History
  • Contemporary Literary Theory
  • Translation Studies


Awards and Accolades

  • Elected president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2012.
  • Appointed Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government, 2010.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
  • National Humanities Center Fellow