James A. Winn
Center Director, Professor of English,
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor
James A. Winn took his undergraduate degree at Princeton summa cum laude and received his PhD from Yale, where he wrote his dissertation under Maynard Mack. Before coming to Boston University, he taught at Yale (1974–1983) and the University of Michigan (1983–1998). At Michigan, he was the founding Director of the Institute for the Humanities, now one of the leading interdisciplinary institutes in the U.S., for which he raised over $13 million in endowment. After serving as chair of the Department of English from 1998 until 2007, Professor Winn became the Director of the Boston University Humanities Foundation in 2008. Under his leadership, the Foundation has altered its selection procedures, expanded its fellowship program, and changed its name. Professor Winn has devoted himself to making the activities of the Humanities Center more visible and welcoming to the humanities community.