Naomi Yavneh Klos

Director, University Honors Program

Office Location
112 Monroe Library
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans University Honors Program 568 Monroe Hall, Campus Box 75 6363 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 864-7330
Fax Number
(504) 864-7275
E-mail Address


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; A.B. in Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Short Bio

Naomi Yavneh Klos became the first full-time Director of the University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans in 2011, after serving as the Associate Dean of the Honors College at the University of South Florida.  A Professor of Languages and Cultures, she is the author of numerous articles on gender and spirituality in the representation of both the virginal and the maternal body in Renaissance Italy, as well as three award-winning essay collections on gender in the early modern world.

A former president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and founding director of the Council of Undergraduate Research’s Arts & Humanities division, she is Vice President of the National Collegiate Honors Council and chair of the AJCU Honors Consortium. She is currently writing a book, “Not Just for Jesuits: Ignatian Values in Honors and Beyond.”

Dr. Yavneh Klos received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Italian Renaissance Studies..  She lives with her husband, Stanley Yavneh Klos, and five of their twelve children in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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