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GSAS Welcomes New Associate Dean for Academic Support

January 11, 2021

Dean Lynn Cooley is pleased to announce the appointment of Allegra di Bonaventura as the Associate Dean for Academic Support in Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Dr. di Bonaventura will join the GSAS staff on January 25 to assume the responsibilities of Dean Richard Sleight, who retired at the end of 2020.

Dr. di Bonaventura returns to GSAS from Yale Law School (YLS), where she is currently Associate Director of Graduate Programs administering post-J.D. degree programs designed to train the next generation of leading legal academics. She is an accomplished scholar, administrator and academic counselor to graduate students. Dr. di Bonaventura’s service to the University has included appointments as assistant and associate dean in academic affairs at GSAS and as a University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct advisor since 2016. Dr. di Bonaventura earned an A.B. (History and German) and an A.M. (German) from Middlebury College. She also holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. (History) from GSAS, where her dissertation received the William Egleston Prize. Dr. di Bonaventura is the author of For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England, winner of the New England Historical Association’s James P. Hanlan Book Award and one of The Wall Street Journal’s best books of 2013.  

We are thrilled to welcome Allegra back to Yale Graduate School. With her years of experience as a scholar and academic advisor, we know she will be a valued advocate and guide for graduate students as they progress toward their degrees,” said Dean Cooley.

In her new role, Dr. di Bonaventura will be responsible for advising students on academic issues, professional development, and navigating disciplinary and grievance cases. In addition to managing external fellowships, she will provide emergency support to students in need, including administration of the Dean’s Emergency Fund, which has benefited many students before and since the pandemic. She will also work closely with Directors of Graduate Study (DGSs) on departmental initiatives related to student progress.

I’m excited and grateful to come ‘home’ to the Graduate School where I look forward to serving as a passionate advocate for and counselor to GSAS students as they navigate their academic programs and embark on their professional lives,” said Dr. di Bonaventura.

For more information about student advising and Yale Graduate School initiatives, please contact GSAS Director of Communications april.swieconek@yale.edu.