Michael Shinagel is a senior lecturer on English at Harvard University. Shinagel served as the dean of continuing education at Harvard from 1975 to 2013. When he retired in 2013, he was acknowledged as the longest serving dean in the history of Harvard. Shinagel was a professor and chairman of the department of English at Union College from 1967 to 1975, when he returned to Harvard. He has also been a lecturer in Extension since 1975, teaching graduate seminars on the English and American novel and on satire. He is the author and editor of books on Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift, as well as many articles and reviews. His The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard 1910-2009 was published in 2009 and received the Philip Frandson Award for the best book on continuing higher education in 2010. In 2004, he received the Julius M. Nolte Award of the University Continuing Education Association for outstanding leadership and achievement in continuing higher education. He served as master of Quincy House from 1985 to 2001. In 2013, he received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award.