Christine Muller, Ph.D.
Dr. Christine Muller is the Academic Coordinator for Scholar Programs, where she provides administrative and programmatic oversight of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars and University Scholars. In addition to managing all administrative aspects of both programs, Dr. Muller works closely with our Faculty Directors, CURF colleagues, and our campus partners to advise our scholars about opportunities to pursue transformative experiences through undergraduate research and fellowships.
Dr. Muller joins CURF and Penn from Wilkes University where she served as the Director of the Honors Program and Assistant Professor of American Studies. Previously, Dr. Muller served for six years as the Residential College Dean of Saybrook College, one of Yale University’s fourteen residential colleges, providing academic and other guidance for the approximately 500 undergraduates from all years and all areas of study within Yale College who called Saybrook home. She also taught in Yale’s Department of American Studies. Her research and teaching have considered how literature, film, television, and other forms of popular culture have been drawing mass audiences into pertinent ethical and practical questions about power, violence, and stark cultural and historical change in the U.S. during the first decades of the twenty-first century. Dr. Muller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts degree in English, from Villanova University. She earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Muller is committed to nourishing rich, extensive opportunities for students to explore and amplify their talents and capacities, particularly through values-oriented engagement with a complex contemporary world.