Faculty and Staff
Colonial North America, Comparative Slavery, African American, Civil Rights, Gay and Lesbian
Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, U.S.-Latin America Relations
Lena Hill was appointed Dean of the College in 2018. She is a Professor of English and Africana Studies. She received her bachelor's from Howard University, her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed postdoctoral work at Duke University.Dean Hill's scholarship and teaching focus on African American literature and visual culture, and she is known internationally as a scholar of Ralph Ellison. In addition to publishing numerous articles and essays, she authored Visualizing Blackness and the Creation of the African American Literary Tradition (Cambridge, 2014), co-edited Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa during the Long Civil rights Era (University of Iowa Press, 2016), and co-authored Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2008). She has served on various boards and is currently a member of the Modernist Language Association Publications Committee.As the Dean of the College, Lena has prioritized faculty mentoring and development, the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, support and growth of interdisciplinary programs, and department and program chairs leadership development. She is a passionate advocate for the liberal arts, sciences and the humanities and as the chief academic officer of the College, she is focused on working with faculty to deliver a dynamic academic experience to students that prepares them to flourish after graduating from W&L.She and her husband Michael, a W&L Professor of Africana Studies and English, live in Lexington with their two children.