The Dean is chief academic adviser to the approximately 420 undergraduates assigned to JE. Residing within the college, she assists students in all matters concerning their academic programs, applies and enforces the Academic and Undergraduate Regulations that govern student behavior, works in conjunction with the Registrar’s Office and the Yale College Dean’s Office, and supervises freshman advising. As needed, she refers students to resources, offices, or persons that can be of assistance to them, and actively collaborates with these sources of support and counseling. She writes letters of recommendation for fellowships or postgraduate-work or study. She also teaches one course a year, serves on a range of University committees, oversees student housing, and coordinates a variety of college activities. The Dean is also a great resource for a wide range of other matters and advises students on everything from personal crises to post-graduation plans. In cases of incapacitating illness or family emergency, the Dean has the authority to postpone deadlines for academic work or final exams.
Dean Christina Ferando
A specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, Dean Ferando has written extensively on the sculptor Antonio Canova; her research interests include the history of display and reception, museology, cultural patrimony and canon formation. She has presented her work widely in conferences and invited talks at museums and universities, both throughout the United States and abroad.
Most recently, Dean Ferando held a Chester Dale Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest of many fellowships and awards she has garnered, including the Lauro de Bosis Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard University and the David E. Finley Fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Dean Ferando earned her Bachelor’s degree from Yale College, cum laude with distinction in the English major; and both her M.A. in Critical and Curatorial Studies in Modern Art, and Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology, with distinction, from Columbia University. She has taught courses in Art History at Columbia University and Williams College.
In her work as a scholar and teacher, Ms. Ferando has served also as mentor and advisor to undergraduates; she has been described as “thoughtful and energetic” and deeply committed to building community. Herself a Yale alum (Berkeley College ’97), she looks forward to reengaging with Yale College through the residential college community of JE.
Raised in Orange, CT, Dean Ferando spent a year in Florence after graduation from Yale and later lived in Rome for three years; she is bilingual in Italian—and prides herself on her amaretto cake. But her interests are eclectic: she is a fan of mystery novels, a lover of the beach, and a mini-golf enthusiast.
Dean Ferando lives in the Dean’s Suite in Jonathan Edwards with her husband Jason Atkinson, a musician, writer, and educator, and their son, Holden, who will be five in September and loves dancing (his mother was a member of Yaledancers and its president in her junior year). Jason received his Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has worked in K-12 education as a music teacher for over 10 years.
Assistant to the Dean