Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of
German Language and Literature, has been appointed the next dean of the Arts
and Humanities. Winston will begin her four-year term in July.
“In her 37-year career at Wesleyan, Winston has proven to be a tireless
university citizen,” says Joe Bruno, vice president for Academic Affairs and
Winston has served on many committees and is currently the chair of the
Educational Policy Committee. She coordinates the Mellon Mays Undergraduate
Fellowship, a mentoring program devoted to increasing minority
representation in academia.
Since 1979, Winston also has served as the
campus Fulbright Program advisor, working with both graduating seniors and
alumni who are applying to study, do artistic work or research, or teach
Winston served as acting Dean of the College in 1993–94.
Winston teaches German literature, primarily 20th-century, and German
language at all levels. A professional literary translator, she has
published 24 books and numerous shorter works. Among the most notable
authors she has translated are Goethe, Golo Mann, Christoph Hein, Peter
Handke, and Günter Grass. Her translation of Grass’s Too Far Afield,
received both the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck
Translation Prize. Her translation of Peter Handke's lengthy novel,
Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, will be published by Farrar, Straus and
Giroux this July.
Winston is looking forward to her new role.
“This appointment comes as a great honor and privilege, and I thank all my
faculty, staff, and administrative colleagues who have so generously
expressed their support and their confidence in my ability to do the job,”
she says. “I am looking forward to working with the team in Academic Affairs
and to helping the departments and programs in the humanities and the arts
further their educational and scholarly aspirations.”
Winston will succeed the current dean of the Arts and Humanities Elizabeth
Milroy, professor of American studies and professor of art history.
“I am very grateful to the many faculty members with whom I consulted on
this appointment, and especially to the chairs of all of the arts and
humanities departments. Their wisdom and guidance were invaluable in the
process,” Bruno says.