Allston Burr Resident Dean

Luke Leafgren

Luke Leafgren

Allston Burr Resident Dean

As your Resident Dean, I am here to support and advise you during your undergraduate career on any academic, extracurricular, and personal issues, including questions about taking time off. I am also your representative to the College's Ad. Board and Honor Council, and I can help you navigate Harvard's numerous resources. Every student’s path through Harvard is unique, and I look forward to getting to know each of you. Never hesitate to get in touch! Email me at matherhousedean@fas.harvard.edu to ask questions or set up a meeting.

A little about myself: I spent my early childhood in Unalakleet, Alaska. Good fortune brought me to Superior, Wisconsin, in time to meet my future wife, Lindsay Noll, who stunned me in ninth grade when I first saw her on-stage as Rosie in "Bye, Bye, Birdie." In high school, I was the captain of a state-champion mock trial team and an equally awful football team (1-7). I went on to receive a BA in English from Columbia and a second BA in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford before obtaining a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 2012 for a dissertation that demonstrated how nineteenth-century Arabic historical novels offered possibilities for community between Muslims and Christians. I specialize in Arabic but have studied about ten languages, partly on account of having studied abroad in Heidelberg, Perugia, Venice, Damascus, Irbid (Jordan), and Cairo. During those years, Lindsay and I drove over twenty thousand miles in a dozen European countries (without accident or citation). Along the way, I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for a standing desk that I designed, only to learn that entrepreneurship is not my strong suit. Current interests include sailing, exploring Boston and Cambridge on foot, and translating Arabic novels into English, four of which have been published. In addition to my work at Mather House, I teach first-year Arabic and a course on translation.