McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History

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The McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History is a senior professorship at Harvard University. It was endowed by the will of wealthy merchant John McLean (1761-1823).

The first McLean Professor was Jared Sparks who held the chair between 1838 and 1849; he was later President of Harvard College. The current holder is Emma Dench, who was appointed in 2015.

List of McLean Professors


  1. "Resignation of Pros. S. M. MacVane". 17 January 1911. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  2. Channing, Edward; Joyce, Davis D. (1993). A history of the United States. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America. p. viii. ISBN 0819189154. 
  3. "Obituary: Franklin L. Ford". Harvard Gazette. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  4. "Steven Ozment" (pdf). Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Harvard University. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  5. "Emma Dench receives named chair!". Department of the Classics. Harvard University. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.