Christopher Benfey is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Interim Dean of Faculty at the College, where he has taught for twenty-two years. Educated at the Putney School, Guilford College, and Harvard, he has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. A well-known scholar of Emily Dickinson, Benfey is the author of four books about the American Gilded Age, including A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade. The book won both the 2009 Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa and the Ambassador Book Award. Benfey is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Slate, and the New York Review of Books. His family memoir, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay; Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, was published in the spring of 2012.