Curriculum Vitae

Carol Tecla Christ


B.A. with high and general honors, Douglass College, 1966

M.Ph., Yale University, 1969

Ph.D., Yale University, 1970


Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1970-2002

Director, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1980, 1982

Faculty, Bread Loaf School of English, 1983

Director, NEH Summer Seminar for Secondary School Teachers, 1984

Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor for the Status of Women and Title IX Compliance Coordinator, 1983-84

Chair, Department of English, 1985-88

Dean of Humanities, 1988-89

Acting Provost and Dean, College of Letter and Science, 1989-90

Provost and Dean, College of Letters and Science, 1990-1994

The Vice Chancellor and Provost, 1994-1998

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, 1998-2000

President of Smith College, 2002-2013

Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California at Berkeley, 2015-2016

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of California at Berkeley, 2016-2017

Chancellor, University of California at Berkeley, 2017-present             

Honors and Awards:

Phi Beta Kappa, 1964

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1966-67

Danforth Graduate Fellowship, 1966-70

Humanities Research Fellowship, 1974-75

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1978-79

Hooker Distinguished Professorship, McMaster University, 1995

Gayley Lecturer, English Department, Berkeley, 1998

Douglass Society, 2000

Bellagio Residency, 2000

Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, 2003

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2004

Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University, 2007

Doctor of Letters, American College of Greece (honorary), 2011

Doctor of Humane Letters, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (honorary), 2013

Fellow, American Philosophical Society, 2013

Scholarly Publications:


The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity in Victorian Poetry, Yale University Press, 1975

Victorian and Modern Poetics, University of Chicago Press, 1994

Edited Books

The Norton Anthology of English Literature (edited, with others), Norton, 1986, 1993, 1999, 2005. 2012.

George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss (A Norton Critical Edition), Norton, 1994.

Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination, edited with  John O. Jordan, University of California Press, 1995.

Scholarly Articles

“Aggression and Providential Death in George Eliot’s Fiction,” Novel, 1976, pp. 130-40.

“Victorian Masculinity and the Angel of the House,” in A Widening Sphere; Changing Roles of Victorian Women, ed. Martha Vicinus, Indiana University Press, 1977, pp. 146-62.

“Imaginative Restraint, Feminine Duty, and the Form of Charlotte Bronte’s Fiction,” Women’s Studies, 1979, pp. 287-96.

"T.S. Eliot and the Victorians,” Modern Philology, 1981, pp. 157-65.

“Self-Concealment and Self-Expression in Eliot’s and Pound’s Dramatic Monologues,” Victorian Poetry, 1984, pp. 217-26.

"The Feminine Subject in Victorian Poetry,” ELH, 1987, pp. 358-401.

"Gender, Voice, and Figuration in Eliot’s Early Poetry,” in T.S. Eliot: The Modernist in History, ed. Ronald Blush, Cambridge University Press, 1990, pp. 23-37.

"‘The Hero as Man of Letters’: Masculinity and Victorian Non-Fiction Prose, in Victorian Sages and the Feminine: Gender, Discourse, and Power, ed., Thais Morgan, Rutgers University Press, 1990, pp. 19-31.

“Painting the Dead: Portraiture and Necrophilia in Victorian Art and Poetry,” in Death and Representation, ed. Sarah Webster and Elizabeth Bronfen, Johns Hopkins, 1993, pp. 133-51.

“Browning’s Corpses,” Victorian Poetry, 1995, pp. 391-401.

“Introduction: Victorian Poetics,” in A Companion to Victorian Poetry, ed. Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman, and Antony H. Harrison, Blackwell Publishing, 2002, pp. 1-21.

“Woolf and Education,” Woolf in the Real World: Selected Papers from the Thirteenth International Conference on Virginia Woolf, ed. Karen V. Kukil, Clemson University Digital Press, 2005, pp. 2-10.

“The Victorian University and Our Own,” Journal of Victorian Culture, 2008, pp. 287-94.

“Victorian Studies and its Publics,” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, 55 (August 2009).

Articles on Higher Education 

“From the Department’s Chair to the Dean’s Desk: Perspectives on Recruitment,” ADE Bulletin, Spring 1989, pp. 30-32.

“Retaining Faculty Lines,” ADE Bulletin, Winter 1996, pp. 10-13; reprinted in Profession 1997, pp. 54-60.

“The American University and Women’s Studies,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 1997, pp. 13-52.

“Challenges of the Millennium,” ADE Bulletin, Winter 1998, pp. 16-18.

“The Excellent Student Scarcity Myth,” Christian Science Monitor, October 11, 2002.

"What Private Colleges Can Learn from Public Universities About Public Spaces,” Chronicle of Higher Education, March 26, 2004, p. B18; reprinted as “Speaking Of Places: Living in Public,” in Places, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2004), pp. 22-25.

“What is Happening in Liberal Education,” Holistic Engineering: Beyond Technology, ed. Domenico Grasso and Melody Burkin, Springer, 2009, pp. 69-80.

“The Power of Strategic Thinking,” Trusteeship, March/April 2012, pp.11-15.

“The College Without Walls,”  in Education for an Uncertain World, edited Daniel Weiss, Rebecca Chop, and Susan Frost, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Papers, Lectures, and Panel Presentations: (partial list)

Modern Language Association, English Institute, Modernist Studies Association, CCNY Graduate Center, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Huntington Library, Centre College, McMaster University, Dickens Conference (UC Santa Cruz), University of Tulsa, American Council on Education, AAU Chief Academic Officers’ Meeting, University of Kansas, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, Union College, San Francisco Bar Association, Berkeley League of Women Voters, UC Regents, Bank of New York Higher Education Finance and Investment Officers’ Forum, Financial Executives International, American Chemical Association, American Political Science Association, Greenfield Community College Foundation, The Chatauqua Institution, the CASE Annual Assembly, National University of Singapore, The Chilton Club, the Cosmopolitan Club, various civic groups,  and numerous campus and alumni groups.

Board Memberships:

Smith College, 2003-2013

Five Colleges, Inc., 2003-2013

Clarke School for the Deaf, 2003-2013

Academy of Music, 2003-2013

Merrill Lynch, 2007-2008

American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2011-2013

Sarah Lawrence College, 2008-present

Dominican College, 2013-2016

Central European University, 2015-present

Marlboro Music School and Festival, 2015-present

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, 2014-present