Dr. Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch, executive director of the Folger Institute
Executive Director of the Folger Institute
(202) 675-0346

Kathleen Lynch earned her PhD in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Folger Institute as program administrator in 1992 and became its executive director in 1996. In 2013, the Folger Institute became a department at the Folger Shakespeare Library, expanding to encompass residential fellowships and collaborative research projects, as well as scholarly programs. Dr. Lynch’s own research interests can be broadly defined as the formation of knowledge communities, including transatlantic networks, with a focus on the methodologies of association among religious nonconformists. She studies the effects of regulations of religion and the book trade on devotional literature and identities. Her book, Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World (Oxford UP, 2012) was awarded the triennial Richard L. Greaves prize by the International John Bunyan Society. Among Dr. Lynch’s many scholarly articles are “Staging New Worlds: Place and Le Theatre de Neptune” in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and “Devotion Bound: A Social History of The Temple,” in Books and Readers in Early Modern England (edited by Jennifer Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer for the University of Pennsylvania Press). Her most recent article, “Whatever happened to Dinah the Black? And other questions about gender, race, and the visibility of Protestant saints,” is forthcoming in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (edited by Helen Smith and Simon Ditchfield, Manchester UP). Dr. Lynch has been the recipient of several fellowships, presented papers at dozens of conferences and seminars, and organized conference sessions for the Shakespeare Association of America, the Modern Language Association, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, among other scholarly associations. She has overseen the Institute’s consortium of member universities and served as project director for a number of NEH summer institutes at the Folger. She curated the summer 2012 Folger exhibition, Open City: London, 15001700.