Jon Jackson, IM Athletics
Senior Common Room
Pforzheimer House Co-Master
I am delighted to be joining Pfoho as one of your two new co-Masters. I was a Harvard undergraduate myself (my House was Quincy), and I concentrated in History and Science in the same Department where I am now a professor. Before returning to Harvard to teach, I lived abroad for six years – in England and Germany, with extended time in France as well. As a professor today, I am especially interested in the history of all of the sciences that take human beings, and especially the human mind, as their object of scientific investigation. I have written books with titles like Medicine, Mind and the Double Brain, Reenchanted Science, and The Cure Within. I am currently writing a new book about the history of psychiatry.
At Harvard, I teach a large Gen Ed course called “Madness and Medicine,” the Department sophomore tutorial, and a range of departmental courses with names like ”Narrative and Neurology,” “Stories under the Skin,” and “In Search of Mind.” I was Chair of my Department for five years, and am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies. John Durant and I have also taught study abroad programs together for the past five years. We just finished an eight-week program with fifteen Harvard students (including three Pfoho students!) called “Science, Medicine and Religion in an Age of Skepticism.” It was based in Cambridge, England, but included trips to London, Edinburgh, the fossil-rich coast of Dorset, and Paris.
I am also a mom to nine-year old Jamie, who has opened up all sorts of new horizons to me (Pokemon! Percy Jackson! X-box! Town soccer matches!). I used to be a varsity light-weight rower and still can be persuaded to go out on the river. I look forward to meeting you, talking with you, supporting you during the good and the bad, and doing all I can, with John, to make Pfoho a true home for you.
Pforzheimer House Co-Master
It’s a real thrill to be joining PfoHo as Co-Master with my wife, Anne Harrington!
Unlike Anne, I never knew Harvard as a student. I’m an alumnus of Queens’ College, Cambridge, where I studied Natural Sciences for my bachelor’s degree and History of Science for my PhD. I spent the first part of my career working in several different universities and museums in the UK, but since the mid-2000s I’ve been working at MIT, where I’m Director of the MIT Museum and an Adjunct Professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society.
My main academic interest is in the place of science and technology in the wider culture. I’ve always enjoyed having one foot in the academy and another in the wider community (which provides for good balance, I’ve found, for just so long as the two don't drift too far apart!). While some of my research has been in the history of science – especially in the history of evolutionary biology, and the relationship between science and religion – in recent years more of it has been in public understanding of science and science communication. At MIT, I teach courses with titles like “Evolution and Society”, “Science Communication”, and “Exhibiting Science”; and each spring, I oversee The Cambridge Science Festival, a 10-day city-wide celebration of science and technology that attracts as many as 50,000 people to scores of different events (http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx).
This reminds me to say that we’re always looking for volunteers to help us run the Cambridge Science Festival – so if you’re interested, please let me know!
Ours is an Anglo-American family, and we enjoy the endless ambiguities and confusions involved in bridging ‘two nations divided by a common language’. I have three grown up children from my first marriage: Robbie, who works in motorsport; Jessica, who works in refugee studies (and right now is living in the Middle East); and Toby, who is an aspiring sports journalist. Jamie has already introduced himself, so I’ll say no more about him – except for the fact that he really likes it when his older siblings are able to visit for a family celebration or a holiday.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone as the new academic year gets under way!
I am nine years old and am starting fourth grade this year. I was born in England, and have lots of family there, but I have lived in America since I was one. I am a really keen soccer player (I support Chelsea in England!), and can always be persuaded to kick a ball around in the Quad. Please ask me! If I don't end up being recruited as a goalie for Chelsea, I hope to become a paleontologist, because I like being outside in cool places, looking for fossils. I am really looking forward to learning how to work the self-serve custard machine in the Pfoho dining hall, and to dressing up like a polar bear on Housing Day. Anyone for a game of Fifa 2013 on X-box?
Acting Allston Burr Resident Dean
Hi Pfoho! I'm excited to be back for my fifth year as a resident tutor. I am in my sixth year of the PhD program in the Government Department, where I study political theory, American politics, and law. I graduated from the college in 2004 with a degree in Social Studies, briefly moved out to Colorado to work on the Kerry Campaign, and then went to Washington, DC, where I spent three years working in politics and civil rights law. As much as I loved DC, I couldn't stay away from Harvard that long, so after a brief stint for a summer as a high school teacher in Korea, I moved back to Cambridge (okay, technically Somerville) two years ago to begin my PhD. I was one of the Pfoho public service tutors last year, and this year I will be one the fellowship tutors (along with John Horton). I am always interested in sitting down over dinner in the dining hall to talk about academics, Harvard, politics, philosophy, public service, your post-graduate or summer plans, or anything else that's on your mind. Also, if I'm around the house, I am always up for a game of ping-pong or Scrabble. Feel free to drop by Wolbach 102 and say hi!
Greetings, Pfoho! I'm happy to be returning for my 8th year as the House Administrator in Pforzheimer. With now seven Pfyears under my belt, I have a pretty good grasp now of the who-what-when-where-why of Pfoho vis a vis non-academic matters. I hope you'll feel free to stop by or email anytime regarding student housing issues, room reservations, special events, or any other general Pfoho questions. I’m in office number 103 in the House Office, right next to Super Mario’s office. Before shifting up this way, I spent a year as the Housing Officer for the College. I enjoyed the global view of the Houses from my position in University Hall, but ultimately realized that I'm happier in the more community oriented setting of a House. Aside from my Pfoho identity, I studied music as an undergrad and am especially interested in early music. I'm also a big tennis fan and do my best to get into the Blodgett pool as often as possible. I look forward to another great year in Pfoho.
Assistant to the Resident Dean
I’m so excited to join Pfoho! I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 where I studied English and Education and was very active in residential life. I am currently working on a M.Ed. in Early Childhood specializing in creative arts learning for students with and without disabilities. I also bartend part-time at Flatbread Pizza in Davis Square, and have recently left my job as a toddler teacher in Arlington. After a year of wonderful screaming babies I thought I might take a break and come back to a residential life setting. During my time as an undergrad I was always intrigued by the sense of community that the houses foster; strong friendships and the feeling of being at home are created by sharing academic and social experiences with your live-in peers and is something you don’t find outside of your college experience…unless you choose a career in it! I look forward to meeting you all and please feel free to stop by for any questions regarding academic issues, letters of recommendation, graduate and professional school applications, or just to chat!
Hola a todos! I was born and grew up in El Salvador. I've been a Cambridge resident since 1991. I received my Associate degree in Architecture at Instituto Tecnologico Centroamericano ITCA, El Salvador. I'm married to my lovely wife, Haydee. We have a seven-year-old boy named Andre who keeps me busy. Both he and I love soccer, so much so that I couldn't drag him away from the TV during the World Cup! We had our second child in 2007 - another boy, named Diego. I also coach the Cambridge Youth under 11 soccer team. As you can tell, soccer is a big part of my life as well as being part of the Pfoho community. Please don't hesitate to stop by and say Hola!
Senior Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
The Sophomore Advising Coordinator, Gabe Katsh, oversees and supports all the tutors who serve as Sophomore Advisers. In addition to organizing the work of Sophomore Advisers within the House, the coordinator helps organize events for sophomores focused on such issues as concentration choice, study abroad, and research opportunities. The Coordinator serves as the hub of communication for sophomore advising and works closely with the House Masters, the Resident Dean, and the Advising Programs Office.
House Masters’ Aide
Hi Pfohosers! I’m excited to be rejoining the community this year as the House Masters’ Aide (or House Elf, or Uber Elf, or whatever complimentary title you’d like to give me). I love to cook and bake, organize activities, and try new recipes. I’m looking forward to setting up your Open Houses, and I’d like to hear any suggestions you might have for cuisines or themes you’d like to see.
In addition to cooking, I’m passionate about education and music, particularly band! I hold a Master’s Degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and am in the midst of an additional Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Michigan, where I was a member of the Michigan Marching Band and the Hockey Band. I have taught band students at the elementary, high school, and college level, and I spent 8 summers traveling the country on a bus marching with (and then teaching) a competitive drum and bugle corps.
I also love scifi/fantasy books, all sorts of television, sailing, college football, and talking about any of those topics. I can often be found hanging out behind the unmarked door in the Wolbach basement or upstairs reading to my niece, Davina.
Come find me if you’d like to chat!
Hi Pfoho! I am thrilled to be returning to the house this year as a pre-med tutor. I was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Egypt and Columbia, Maryland. After spending time in India, Rwanda, and Cambodia during college, I graduated from Harvard in '09 with a degree in chemistry and a passion for global health. I joined the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School with the hope of someday becoming a resident tutor (true!). I am now in my third year, about to start my doctoral research in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. In my free time, I dance with the Boston Bhangra team and I love to talk about gender and health, politics, and travelling adventures. I'd love to chat with you if you are thinking about MD or MD/ PhD programs, international travel, public service - or anything else!
Hi Pfoho! I’m thrilled to be returning to the Pfoho community as a pre-med resident tutor this year. I’m from California and graduated from UC Berkeley (’05) with majors in History and Molecular Cell Biology. Between college and medical school I went to Korea on a Fulbright research Fellowship. I am a 5th year student in the MD/MPP program. I was a Zuckerman Fellow while at the Kennedy School. I’m also making a documentary film about Korean American families separated from their families since the Korean War. In the future I hope to bring about positive change in global health for those who need it most. If you are interested in anything I have mentioned or anything else for that matter, I’m excited to be a resource for you. On a different note, I love sports, martial arts, music, languages, traveling and poetry. I’m definitely in a Pfoho state of mind, so please feel free to stop by or drop a line anytime. I am looking forward to a great year and meeting all of you soon!
Hi Pfoho. A bit about my professional self: I’m in my sixth year of a Phd in Sociology. Having given up William James hall for the Center for European Studies, I’ve now transferred to the shiny and super modern world of CGIS North as an affiliate of the Weatherhead center. I teach sophomore tutorial in sociology and love nothing more than to talk about how crusty old men of yore, like Marx, Durkheim and Weber, can have a lot to tell us about the world today. My dissertation research will focus on downward mobility as a result of the financial crisis, comparing the U.S. with Europe.
A bit about my non-professional self: I was born in Greece and lived in Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and Belgium growing up. I did my undergrad in St Andrews, Scotland, getting a degree in Economics and International Relations. Although St Andrews is famous for being the birth place of golf, I managed to graduate having never played – no luck on the Prince William front either. I studied abroad in California, at UCI for a year and feel like a bit of an honorary So Cal girl. After graduation, I did a Masters in Global studies, in three locations (Germany, South Africa and India) and then went back to Brussels to work at the European Union. I got the love from Harvard on Valentine’s day 2007, when I got news of my admittance into the Sociology program. I have complained about how cold Boston gets ever since I got here (but I actually love it). Looking forward to chatting with you (in Greek, English, French or German) about studying abroad, social sciences in general, fellowships, or anything else!
Hey Pfoho! Iʼm so excited to be joining the Pfoho community this year as a resident pre-law tutor! I am a third year law student at Harvard Law School and graduated from Columbia University with a double major in French and Political Science. During my time in college, I studied abroad in Paris, did a consulting internship in Scotland, went on service trips to China, and worked for various non-profits in New York City. For the past two summers, Iʼve been working in Boston law firms, doing a range of litigation, private equity, investment management, and pro bono work. I love discovering new food spots in Boston (please ask me about the most amazing cookies ever that I recently found in the city), playing flag football and volleyball, reading fashion blogs, learning new languages (I speak Cantonese and French but Iʼm studying Mandarin in good old Vanserg), following the Knicks, and bargain shopping (I once bought a BCBG dress from Bloomingdaleʼs for a penny!). Please feel free to drop by anytime if you want to chat about anything – Iʼm looking forward to meeting you all!
Drama & Computer Science
After three wonderful years here as an undergrad, launching my web programming career from a room in Wolbach and launching my drama career on the dining hall stage, I defected to Adams House to be a tutor. Nicholas and Erika somehow managed to yank me out of retirement to return as your best defense against future Adamsian aggression — That's right, Pfriends, I was the chief composer/lyricist for Adams House in the only event Adams actually won in the Great Pfoho-Adams War.
Aside from writing and performing ridiculous tunes, I also spent my time at Adams building an online facebook from scratch while failing to leverage it into a multi-billion dollar empire (Fun fact: years before Zuckerberg, I tried to buy the domain name "facebook.com"). Since then, I've started an interactive software company (Trendy.com), created a series of odd but entertaining videos on cooking (SlowCookery.com) and produced videos on learning Chinese language for the Two Chinese Characters. If you want to talk about putting on a show, starting a tech business, or how not to live a normal life, talk to me.
MARIE: Neal and I are so very excited to be here and can't wait to get to know each of you. Currently, I work in the University Provost Office and for the last two years I worked in the College Dean's Office, so, if you're interested, I can tell you all about the ins and outs of central administration here at Harvard. One thing that you should know about me is that I love to organize so come talk to me if you need help getting your things (or your time) in order. I received my bachelors degree in Education with an emphasis in Art, Music, and Theater and a minor in Drama Education. One of my favorite undergraduate courses was Puppet Therapy, and I can tell you with certainty, there is a right and a wrong way to maneuver a finger puppet. =) On that note, Neal and I live on the first floor of Holmes (next to the elevator) and are always around to chat - come see us!
NEAL: Hi everyone, as your adviser, my sincerest hope is that each of you finds deep fulfillment throughout this transformation known as college. If you are having trouble deciding on a concentration or career path, trust me, I know how you feel. It took me eight years to figure out what I want to do, during which time I explored a variety of different career paths, from U.S. Army Bomb Squad to Exotic Animal Trainer. Now, a third year graduate student in neuroscience, I study the process of sleep in an effort to understand what it is. So, if you have ever wondered why you sleep and dream, come talk to me. I love to chat about who/what we are as conscious beings. I also love to talk about life, politics, and all sorts of other random stuff. As this year's public service tutor, if you are interested in connecting with your community by volunteering or through a career in public service, let me know and I'll help you on your way. I love to socialize almost as much as I love food so if you're looking for me, there's a high probability that you'll find me in the D-hall.
This is my second year at Pfoho, and I will be co-chairing with Andrew Sternlight the Fellowships Committee. I’m a doctoral student in Romance Languages and Literatures (primarily Spanish and Portuguese) with a secondary concentration in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. I received my B.A. in English and Spanish and my M.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia. I’ve also earned an M.F.A. in poetry writing from Columbia University, and with a year-long Fulbright grant I traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to translate into English a book of poems by José Asunción Silva. I’ve taught creative writing and Spanish, and I’ll be TF-ing for a course on the history of feminist thought this fall. One of my most exciting educational adventures took place on a shipboard study abroad program called Semester at Sea, which took my students and me to ports in eight different Mediterranean countries. I’ve traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain, and just recently returned from a summer in Valencia, where I was translating books by two of my favorite poets, Severo Sarduy and José Luis Rey. My travels abroad and studies at Harvard have made me especially interested in queer communities and global human rights. If you’re up for creative writing or translation workshops, fireside conversations and poetry readings, museum trips, LGBT discussions, (gluten free) baking, or chatting about anything else, I’d be delighted to meet you.
I may be a “new” Resident Tutor, I certainly am not new to Pfoho! I have been connected to Pfoho in some capacity for the past three years, and I am incredibly excited to be stepping into this new role! I graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a secondary degree in Economics—ironically from our rival, Adams House! After graduation I served as an “Elf” in Pfoho for two years while I (briefly) worked for an environmental consulting company and TFed courses at the College. The “real world” was not my cup of tea, so last year I began my PhD in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, while serving as a Non-Res Tutor in Pfoho. My research currently focuses on behavioral approaches to environmental policy problems in developing countries and draws from a number of disciplines, including economics, political science, psychology and organizational behavior. I have recently become an avid traveler, and I am eagerly looking forward to my next international adventure. I also love staying active--I dance (mostly ballet, though I am hoping to learn salsa and hip hop!) and am a coxswain for local crew teams. I also have been known to bake sugary treats en masse—a residual skill from my Elfing days—which I hope to share with you at study breaks and meetings! I am eager to meet all of you, so please come by Holmes 404 and say hello!
Hi Pfoho! I’m very excited to be returning for my third year as a resident tutor. I’m currently a sixth-year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology and a predoctoral intern at McLean Hospital. My research uses functional neuroimaging to investigate why people engage in self-injurious behaviors. I’m always happy to talk about psychology, graduate school, and whatever else may be on your mind. I’ve loved exploring Cambridge and Boston these past years, so please find me if you’re looking for ideas of things to do in and around the area (especially those things having to do with hiking, biking, and eating!) I look forward to seeing you all around the house!
Education & Music
Hello Pfoho! I am very excited to join the house community this year as a resident tutor in Music and Education. I graduated from Harvard in 2004 with a concentration in the Comparative Study of Religion (Buddhism, mostly), and then I went directly into the education world as a New York City Teaching Fellow. I taught middle school ESL in the Bronx for three years while earning a Master’s in Education at the City College of New York. Then, I moved to Rwanda to help open a middle school for high-performing girls who could not afford to pay school fees. I moved back to the US about a year ago to teach ESL in the Cambridge Public Schools. As an undergraduate, I was a three-year member of the Radcliffe Choral Society, and for the past year I've been fortunate enough to sing for the Jameson Singers, a Holden alumni-offshoot choir. I love all things musical and I'm very excited to tap into the Pfoho community's musical talent - whether it be conservatory level performance, a capella, or simply a great zeal for karaoke. I’m a fiend for yoga, swimming, singing, baking, and I have a remarkable (4%) record for clearing expert-level minefields. If you have any interest in pursuing a career in education, volunteering with children, working abroad, or showing off your musical talents on our glorious dining hall stage, shoot me an email or join me in the dining hall, and we'll make it happen. Can’t wait to see you around the house!
As a pformer Pfoho Harvard undergrad, I love being back and involved with this awesome pfamily. I graduated from Harvard college in 2011 and am currently a PhD-track graduate student at MIT studying mechanical engineering design. I always wanted to be an inventor, and that is what I am doing in grad school! I have designed, built, and tested many machines including race cars, medical devices, and laboratory equipment. My lab focuses on renewable energy technologies, and I am currently designing and building machinery for wave-powered desalination systems and flow batteries for all-electric cars. My passion for inventing is only rivaled by my enthusiasm for the visual and performing arts. I am currently into costume design, improv acting, and break dancing. I am also a health nut and am on the MIT competitive powerlifting team. If you ever need help with physics, math, or engineering, want to create a work of art, or learn proper bench press technique stop by Jordan South 33. I am excited to meet all of you!
Dear comrades! I have been compelled to disclose that I grew up in the Soviet Union, Ukraine and Russia (in that very order). And that I did my undergrad in Physics and masters in Economics in Moscow. I confess to being a fourth-year PhD student in Public Policy at HKS and an econ res tutor in Pfoho. I am also unable to conceal my involvement in the teaching of a microeconomic theory course (ec1011a) in the fall and a libertarian propaganda course (ec1017) in the spring. Finally, I plead the Fifth on the perennial allegations of being a Russian spy, but if you have any secrets to share, you can always count on my undivided attention. Workers of the world, unite!
Medicine & Business
DAVID: Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Iattended the Seven Hills School. I graduated from Harvard College as a neurobiology major in 2008, and as a proud Quadling (Cabot). During college, I spent a good deal of time in lab (including a summer of research in Tokyo). I spent the following year continuing my neuroscience research in Paris on a fellowship. Currently I am a fourth year student in the joint MD MBA program at Harvard. I am proud to be here with my fiancée Sara, who I met while we were in the same research program in Tokyo. I've worked for a biotech venture capital firm and founded a couple of web start-ups, and I am interested in health care policy and medical ethics. Apart from 'work', I enjoy classical piano, ultimate frisbee, and conversations on any and every topic. If you have questions about premed, med school life, research, entrepreneurship, taking time off, and/or traveling, let's get in touch!
SARA: Hi Pfoho! I am excited to join the house as a pre-med resident tutor this year. I grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod), and I graduated from Harvard College with a degree in neurobiology in 2009.I then spent one year in Paris doing neuroscience research at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, followed by another year of research at the Picower Institute at MIT. Last year, I started medical school at HMS, in the Health Sciences and Technology program. As a proud Leverett student during college, I successfully survived a “long-distance” relationship with a Quadling, now my fiancé. Our move to Pfoho is his latest attempt to convince me that, indeed, the Quad is better than the River. I am always interested in talking about neuroscience research (I continue to dabble in a lab at MIT) and medicine, as well as any other interesting topics that might come up. In college, I was also a member of the Harvard Ballet Company. I donʼt dance much anymore, but I still enjoy seeing performances and taking the occasional class. I look forward to getting to know everyone!
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Molecular & Cellular Biology
DANIEL: Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be part of PfoHo and can barely wait to meet you all! I was born and raised in Romania, then studied chemistry and biology at MIT and I am now a sixth year grad student in Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. My research focuses on how cells communicate with each other, how cholesterol derivatives keep this communication going, and how this mechanism is distorted in brain cancers. When I’m not in lab, I am the “crazy cat lady” on the floor (well, except for the “lady” part). I will be a fellowship tutor, so feel free to stop by for any fellowship questions. I like scuba-diving (mostly in warm waters, but I have also been under ice in frozen lakes). I used to run the Skydiving club at MIT as an undergrad. I’m also an avid photographer - if you see a big camera walking around the house on two feet but without a face, that’s probably me. One of my projects for the upcoming year is to set up a small photo studio in the PfoHo Basement – if you are interested in joining my efforts, if you want to learn more about photography, or if you just want to pet our kitties, feel free to stop by Comstock 10!
SIMONA: Hi there, I am Simona! I am very excited to be part of PfoHo next year and to get to meet all of you! I am originally from Romania, I did my undergraduate studies in biology at Caltech and I am currently a fourth year graduate student at MIT in cancer biology. I have a strong interest and a personal commitment to help cure cancer both by doing research at the bench and also by working directly with patients; therefore, I will go to medical school after I finish my PhD (and be a student for a few more years). I am also very passionate about teaching – I have taught many biology and psychology classes at Caltech and MIT, and this semester I will be teaching LS1a at Harvard. If you want to talk about medicine, biological sciences, teaching or some of my other favorite activities (baking, learning romance languages, traveling) please stop by Comstock 10. I will also be a fellowship advisor and a wellness tutor, so I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about fellowship applications and how to lead a balanced life (which I am also learning how to do alongside my husband and our many cats).
African and African American Studies
Hi Pfoho! As a member of the class of 2010 I lived in Currier House, which means I am nothing short of thrilled to be returning to Quad life. I concentrated in African and American Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Since Iʼm originally from Nigeria (the same tribe, the Yoruba, as our very own Bola Ogunsola), I wrote my thesis on the introduction and incorporation of Islam into our tribeʼs cosmology. I was lucky enough to get a Gardner Traveling Fellowship (please let me know if youʼre interested in one of these, theyʼre fantastic!), and so I spent the 2010-11 academic year as the apprentice to a traditionalist priest and diviner in Nigeria while doing research to write a childrenʼs book of Yoruba mythology. I spent last year as a teaching fellow at St. Paulʼs School in Concord NH, and although I had a fantastic time there, decided to come back to Harvard to start a PhD in African Studies and Religion. Some of the things I love most are soccer, languages (Arabic and French in particular), education, playing the piano, and soccer, so if you ever want to kick a ball around, I hardly ever say no! Alternatively if youʼd ever like to learn which Yoruba god/goddess rules your destiny, how our divination process works, are interested in traveling/working in Africa, or anything else really, just let me know!
What’s up, Pfoho?! I am currently a second year Master of Divinity Student with a focus on a comparative study of Christianity and Islam and Religion and social change. I am excited to be returning to Pfoho as a tutor this year after having graduated in 2010 with an AB in Sociology. My decision to study Sociology was driven by my interest in learning more about the ways that structural and cultural factors work together to maintain urban poverty. As an undergraduate, I spent a lot of my time serving the Mission Hill Community through the Mission Hill After School Program and the Mission Hill Summer Program. One of the best opportunities that I took advantage of as an undergraduate was my decision spend a semester studying at la Universidad de Habana in Cuba through the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. I’ve also spent a summer living and studying in Ile-Ife, Nigeria at Obafemi Awolowo University. My dancing has definitely been influenced by Nigerian and Cuban rhythms. I have also recently become interested in drama and have acted in two short films. I love sharing life with close friends and complete strangers who may very well be soon-to-be-friends. I believe in asking questions upon questions upon questions for it is in wrestling with the answers to these questions that we reach a deeper level of understanding, and love seeks understanding. So I hope to be able to share life with many of you all speaking about everything from theology, music, food, or whatever else you may want to talk about!
Why hello there! Iʼm extremely excited and honored to be joining the Pfoho community! Iʼm originally from sunny Los Angeles, CA, and graduated from the College in 2010 with a degree in Social Studies (with a focus on race and education in America) and a Secondary in psychology. Refusing to leave fair Harvard after graduating, I have since been working as an Admissions Officer for the College, feeling incredibly humbled and inspired while selecting your future classmates. I am currently pursuing a masterʼs in Education Policy and Management part- time at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well. I have deep passions within education and social justice, and would love to share them with you! In my spare time (what is that??) I enjoy reading, exercising (especially kickboxing!), watching bad reality TV, finding silly internet memes to flood peopleʼs inboxes with, and trying delicious foods all over the city. I would welcome company in any and all of these activities! I very much look forward to meeting and getting to know you!
Public Policy (HKS)
Hello Pfoho! I am currently a second year Master in Public Policy student at Harvard Kennedy School where I'm concentrating in International and Global Affairs. I was a Government concentrator in Pfoho (Class '09) and worked at Google Headquarters for a few years between college and graduate school. I'm really interested in studying Middle East politics and policy, North Korea, human rights issues, and different ways in which diplomacy can help ameliorate these modern day atrocities against human life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out and chat! I spent the summer interning and traveling throughout the Middle East and North Korea, so ping me if you want to chat about this (or anything else). I live across from the law school (5 minutes from Pfoho), so please swing by for a cup of coffee!
Applied Math, Economics, Gov
Hi Pfoho! I'm excited to be back as a non-resident tutor this year. I was in Pfoho as an undergrad and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Applied Mathematics-Government and secondary in Economics. This past year, I worked on the U.S. Rates desk of BlackRock's model-based fixed income hedge fund in San Francisco. I've now returned to Harvard to start my PhD in Political Economy and Government, where I'll be spending my time in the Gov and Econ departments and working on research in American politics and political economy. Feel free to reach out to me with any applied math, economics, and political science questions! As I've also recently dealt with both finance recruiting and grad school applications (and the decision of choosing between the two paths), I would be more than glad to help anyone considering either or both paths. I live near the Quad so I'll be around Pfoho often!
Greetings Pfoho. I have been a non-res pre med tutor since 2005, and I continue because I love being a part of the House. I am without doubt your oldest tutor. My principal contribution to Pfoho may be to demonstrate that a person as old as I am is still walking and talking, and usually making sense.
I am trained as a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and my current professional work is primarily providing support to severely ill (often dying) patients and their families at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital here in Cambridge. This is a potential shadowing opportunity for interested pre-meds. I have a broad range of professional experience with very sick patients, public health issues in psychiatry, forensic issues including risk assessment and violence and ethics. Really, I’m just interested in people.
My partner Elisabeth Hopkins is an SCR member with broad experience in early childhood education. Both of us are in the dining hall because we enjoy meeting and talking with undergraduates and we hope you will not be put off by how old we are, but will join us. Think of it as a multigenerational social experiment. Elisabeth can talk with you in Swedish, French or German if English is too boring.
Public Health, Spanish
Hi everyone! I am delighted to join the Pfoho community and look forward to getting to know you this year. As an undergraduate at Harvard (class of ‘07) I studied Psychology and Spanish, lived in Dunster House, swam on the varsity team, and rowed intramural crew. Thereafter, I moved to the Bay Area where I developed nutrition curriculum and taught nutrition courses in underserved communities, managed farmers’ markets, and worked on a type 2 diabetes intervention study. I missed Harvard so much that I’ve returned to study at the Harvard School of Public Health. In a nutshell, I am interested in promoting nutrition and agriculture policies that encourage the wellbeing of people and the planet. If you have interest in anything related, I’d love to talk with you!
Growing up in rural Northern Michigan cultivated my affinity for the outdoors--my favorite pastime is camping and my favorite activities include swimming, walking, hiking, biking, taking photos, and, on rainy days, baking and antique shopping (let me know if you’d like to accompany me in any of those pursuits!). I love vegetables of all kinds and I aspire to have my own vegetable farm one day. Most of all, I enjoy exploring new places, meeting new people, and learning new things. I live in Boston near the Medical School campus, and I look forward to making Pfoho a home away from home.
Many people ask me, What exactly does the Nonresident Tutor for Extraordinary Projects do? What constitutes a project? And what makes it extraordinary? These are excellent questions.
If you have to ask, you don’t need my help. But you there, the student secretly working on Fuzzy Qualitative Trigonometry, the Musical. And you there, the closet entrepreneur coding up the augmented reality app that paints colored halos over people’s heads to reveal their dating status. And you, quiet girl organizing a flash mob of 1000 people who will assemble at 2:13 PM on Saturday in Boston Common to waddle en masse to the Charles River, creating an epic human version of Make Way for Ducklings.
You know who you are. I am here to help bring your extraordinary projects to life.
After spending 3 years in a health policy and economics Ph.D. program and as a Pfoho tutor, Erin chose to leave GSAS for other pastures. She is currently in her first year as a veterinary student, working towards a D.V.M. at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. Even though she's not living in Cambridge anymore, she's still around the city once in a while and loves to hear from Pfoho students. If you're thinking about a career in veterinary medicine, drop her a line! She won't bite (although some of her patients at the wildlife clinic will).
Dorie Clark is an MTS '99 from the Div School and has, at one time or another, probably worked in some profession you're considering (journalism, politics, filmmaking, nonprofit management, consulting). Her prolific career changing was the genesis of her new book “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). She is a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, and these days, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and also a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank. She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and lives nearby in Somerville with her handsome cat.
Chemistry, Biology and Business
Hello Pfoho! My name is James and I'm in my second year as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. Last year I graduated from David Liu's laboratory with a PhD in Chemical Biology. I am primarily interested in biotechnology (startups and new technology). If you have any questions about:
- undergraduate research
- science fellowships and graduate school applications
- applying to consulting firms
please email me and we can set up a time to meet. I am frequently around Pfoho throughout the week.
Hey Pfoho! I'm so excited to be back among pfriendly pfamiliar pfaces and to meet all of you who've joined the House while I was away. I graduated from the College in 2011 with a Gov concentration, a Physics secondary, and of course the best Housemates I could ask for. Then I spent two years working as a practice assistant for affordable housing attorneys in DC. Now my pfiancé (can we call him that even though he was in Adams?) and I are back for law school. I'm always happy to chat about minority representation, brass instruments, queer identities and cultures, Disney World, science fiction, law school, trashy TV, or really anything you might have in mind!
Hi Pfoho! I am very excited to join the Pfoho Community as a non-resident tutor. I am currently completing two master's degrees in English and Dramatic Arts at the Harvard Extension School, and as the daughter of an opera singer and an English professor, I consider my fascination with Shakespeare to be a result of genetics. I've worked in university news & publications for more than 20 years as a reporter (I'm a correspondent for the Harvard Gazette), publications manager, grant writer and medical editor. As a medical editor, I've helped physicians and scientists successfully publish manuscripts in peer-review journals such as Cancer, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the International Journal of Radiation Biology and Physics, as well as editing medical textbooks for publication. I grew up in Munich, Germany - I was an opera brat, not an army brat, as my Mom was then singing at the Munich Opera House - and am always looking for German speaking partners. My interests include better understanding Shakespeare's plays and heroines, managing my worldwide wanderlust, singing blues and jazz music, performing improv comedy, exploring Boston's restaurants and history, discussing politics, and baking fresh breads and scrumptious desserts. I look forward to talking with you!
Hello! I'm Jeff and I'm excited to return to Pfoho as a non-resident business tutor. A little about me: grew up in NY, studied history at Columbia, and worked in investment banking in NY and microfinance in India. I moved to Cambridge to attend HBS, and I graduated in 2012. Now I'm co-founder of a healthcare technology startup just down the road in Inman Sq. If you're thinking about the business world, or trying to figure out what to do after graduation, or you just really want to find an awesome vegetarian restaurant in Cambridge, feel free to reach out!
I am a first year MTS student at the Divinity School. I am interested in the intersection between religious thought and society, particularly in the Late Roman Empire but, more recently, also in the US and elsewhere. I graduated from the college in 2007. While at Harvard, I lived in Lowell House, studied History, completed a Secondary Field in the Study of Religion and wrote for the News Board of The Crimson. Since then, I have worked with high school students as a proctor and assistant dean for the Harvard Summer School and as a public school teacher in Miami-Dade County. I am interested in education and education reform. I’m not a particularly accomplished dancer or cook, but I love cooking and baking (or trying to!) and dancing salsa. I like watching movies, and I particularly enjoy watching foreign films.
Hello! I'm the Concentration Advisor for Pfoho's economics concentrators. I'm also a development economist and a Lecturer/Advisor in the Economics Department. I'd love to chat with you about any ec questions you might have or pretty much any issue facing developing countries. Some of my other favorite things are dogs, traveling, piano, photography, and family & friends. I look forward to participating in life around Pfoho and getting to know many of you, regardless of your concentration!
I'm a composer and piano player and a sort of writer about music (mostly 20th century American and British music) and I've been a non-resident music tutor at Pfoho for a long time. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, went to New England Conservatory, lived in England for two years, where I studied with a composer named Peter Maxwell Davies, and then came back to Boston and went to Brandeis. I've been around ever since. After a long, long time, I went back to Brandeis and got my doctorate. I teach at the Preparatory School at New England Conservatory (where some number of current Pfohosers were formerly students of mine) and at Boston University. I was a TF in CORE Music Courses at Harvard (mostly First Nights, but also Chamber Music and The Swing Era) for a number of years and I've also taught in the Music Department. Aside from music, I'm interested in books, movies, and politics, and I like talking about all of them.
I look forward to joining PfoHo as a non-resident tutor this year and to helping you with questions on various topics in economics, particularly econometrics; my plan is to be available at dinner regularly. If you have trouble with Matlab, Gauss, Stata or other statistical or computational software, I might be able to give you a hand or point out useful resources. Although my private sector experience is limited to a few internships, I’ll also be happy to talk about career options and graduate school.
While originally from Düsseldorf, Germany, I spent four years at a university in Maastricht, the Netherlands, before coming here. I have always enjoyed traveling and living in foreign countries – I’ve also spent time in California and the Midwest – and if you’re looking for advice on studying, working, or traveling abroad, let’s talk.
Given that I’m from Europe, it’s probably no surprise that I’m an avid soccer fan, watching and playing (maybe on a PfoHo team?). Only mention it if no other student is waiting to talk to me – it might be a long conversation. What may be a bigger surprise is that I also follow baseball closely. If that leaves you cold, I might be able to interest you in a round of tennis or squash. If you’re looking for a more intellectually charged conversation – and baseball trivia doesn’t count for you – then I look forward to talking about international politics and history.
P.S.: I’ll try to keep my P’s in “PfoHo” silent – because I can actually point to Pforzheim on a map, it might be dipficult though.
Hi Pfoho! I'm Nicholson, and I'm thrilled to be a non-res tutor at Pfoho this year. I come from a tiny town in rural Maryland (population 160), went to St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, and was Harvard class of '04 (Quincy/Mather houses). After college I went to Columbia for 7 years to do a joint JD/PhD in biology, and I spent the last year in San Francisco clerking for Judge Bea on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I'm going to be an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at the Law School for the next two years, and am very excited to be back in Cambridge. My wife (Ana, also a non-res tutor) and I live just down Linnaean St., and we hope to see you in the dining hall and about the house!
Neuroscience, Medicine, Business
Hi Pfoho! I am a third year Neuroscience PhD student and medical student studying in the lab of Clifford Woolf at Children's Hospital. My research interest is in developing effective therapies for chronic pain. I am a non-traditional student returning to medical/graduate school after first earning my MBA then realizing that my passion was biomedical research and drug development. I'm happy to share from my many failures and triumphs in Investment Banking (my first job out of college), transplantable human tissue recovery (I've surgically removed the hearts from ~100 human heart valve donors), auto mechanics (I've done some frame-off restorations of 1960s Corvettes on the side), and life. I'm very good at taking things apart, and almost as good at putting them back together. I also like building things, which is good because lately I've spent most of my time in the lab building a contraption for one of my lab projects.
I LOVE and adore my wife, Kaitlin, my 4-year-old son, Ethan, and my twin sons, Avi and Emmett, born midsummer 2012. Kaitlin is, without a doubt, the most amazing person I've ever met. Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to get to know her too!
I look forward to helping out however I can and contributing to life at Pfoho. We recently moved to Botanic Gardens, across the street from Pfoho, so that I can be as involved as possible in house life. If you're thinking about a career in science, medicine or business I'm happy to chat. And if you haven't picked up on it yet, I'm also a neophile, so if we have absolutely nothing in common please come talk to me. I'd love to learn what you're all about!
Hi there Pfoho!
I am delighted to be returning as a NRT in law and government. I am a graduate in Law, English Literature and Philosophy of Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, alongside my doctrinal legal studies, I have been engrossed in a project with Dean of Harvard Law School Martha Minow that investigates the (putative) application of forgiveness in the fields of international law and transitional justice. In addition to thinking about forgiveness, I have enjoyed my work as a TF and Head TF on Professor Michael Sandel’s popular ethical reasoning course, Justice, and Professor Dan Carpenter’s The Theory and Practice of Republican Government. During my time as an NRT at Pfoho last year, I clerked for the Honorable William G. Young on the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts. I look forward to returning to Pfoho this year after clerking for the Honorable Asher Grunis, the Chief Justice of Israel, in Jerusalem; I would be delighted to talk to anyone who is interested about law school, political and moral philosophy, legal careers in the public service and the private sector, and Dante.
Hist and Sci, Law
Giselle: Hi Pfoho! I am a 2006 Harvard College grad who majored in History and Science, writing my senior thesis on the involvement of international aid organizations in Egypt's population control program during the 1960s-70s. During my undergrad years I was involved with the Radcliffe Union of Students, Girlspot, and Strong Women, Strong Girls, among other groups. Inspired by volunteering on GLAD's Legal InfoLine, I went on to attend CUNY Law in New York City. I have spent the last couple years as an associate at a small plaintiff-side employment law firm, where I primarily litigate cases of discrimination in employment or at school based upon sex, race, sexual orientation, and other categories protected under state or federal law. My cases are in courts throughout the country, which provides plenty of opportunities for travel. I also spend time birdwatching, running, hiking, and hanging out in Jamaica Plain with my wife Lizz Thrall and an affable black cat named Oscar. Reach out anytime if you want to talk about the history of science, changing concentrations, pursuing public interest law, or anything else.
Lizz: Hi pfriends! I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and I graduated from Harvard College in 2005 with an A.B. in Chemistry and Physics and an M.A. in Chemistry. I was involved in various activities at Harvard including Perspective and Folk Song Society. I also conducted research in a lab in the chemistry department. I continued my chemistry studies at Columbia University in the great city of New York, where I recently earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. My undergraduate and graduate research focused on the spectroscopy of nanomaterials. Now I’m moving into a new field, biophysics, and starting a postdoctoral research position at Harvard Medical School. My hobbies include cooking, hiking, birdwatching, running, music, and politics. I’m also a Pfiladelphia Pfillies fan. I’m happy to talk about science, undergraduate research, applying to graduate school, or any of the above. Oh, and thanks to the services of the Reverend Gabriel Katsh, I’ve been married to the lovely Giselle Schuetz since May 2011.
Applied Math/Econ, Pre-Pfinance, South Asian Studies
Hello Pfoho! I'm Ashin and excited to be returning to Pfoho as a non-resident tutor this year. I graduated in 2012 from Pfoho with a degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics and a secondary in South Asian Studies. I also graduated with a Master’s in Applied Math from Harvard and am happy to talk to anyone interested in declaring Advanced Standing. As an undergrad, I was President of the South Asian Association, produced Ghungroo, was a CS50 TF, and involved with the Crimson, IOP, and HCAP. I now work for a hedge fund in Boston at Bain Capital and am happy to help anyone considering finance, investment banking, or investing after college. As part of staying in New England after graduation, I’ve recently picked up skiing and sailing in my free time. Living in Boston after graduation, I’m excited to help everyone get out of the Harvard bubble and get to know (and love) this great city!
Hist & Lit, History, English
Howdy! I'm excited to return to Pfoho as a non-resident advisor for English and history. I got my degree in history and literature from Harvard in 2009 and went straight to the Mississippi Delta where I taught 11th grade English for two years with Teach for America. Afterward, I spent a year in Bulgaria on a Fulbright working with Bulgarian and Roma children and traveling. I spent the last year working on health care and early childhood education in Governor Malloy's office, and now I'm in the Ed.L.D. program at HGSE. I'm happy to chat with you about books, history, education, travel, or anything else. I love cooking, reading, writing fiction and practicing yoga. Looking forward to spending time with y'all this year at the best house on campus!
I am excited to continue at Pfoho as non-resident advisor in history. I received my Ph.D. in History here at Harvard in 2012. I originally graduated from Northwestern University, and worked both as an English teacher in Japan and at a think tank in Seattle before coming to Harvard. I am happy to talk about history, to answer any questions you may have about grad school life, or just to chat with you in the dining hall. I absolutely love music, and have been known to make amateurish electronic music on my laptop as a diversion from my historical pursuits. I traveled nonstop, at least until recently when my son, Tsumugi, was born. And I also love reading as a pastime, particularly science fiction and fantasy. And lately I have been a contributing writer at Nerds of a Feather (www.nerds-feather.com), a blog dedicated to all things nerdy. Looking forward to seeing you at the house or at events!
Hi all! My name is Elizabeth and I am a second-year law student at HLS. I am originally from San Diego and also attended Harvard for undergrad. I was in Eliot House and concentrated in Neurobiology with a secondary in Economics. Prior to law school, I studied for a Master’s degree at Oxford and traveled around Europe. I am excited to be part of Pfoho this year and look forward to meeting many of you. I am happy to talk about my experiences with classes, lab research, studying abroad, law school, or anything else!
Edo Airoldi is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Harvard, affiliated with the FAS Center for Systems Biology. He received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University from 2006-2008, in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include statistical and computational elements of complex networks, and the study of signaling and regulatory dynamics driving metabolism, cellular proliferation, cellular differentiation and development in unicellular organisms, mammalian systems and cancer. He has published more than 20 papers in leading journals and peer-reviewed conferences, including Nature, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, PLoS Computational Biology, Political Science and Politics, Journal for Machine Learning Research and Bayesian Analysis.
Anya Bernstein Bassett is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard College. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1990, and her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1997. Anya studies children, families, and young adults in American society and politics. She is particularly interested in family policy and the relationship between social class, child rearing, and life outcomes. She is also interested in the social and emotional development of college students. Anya is the author of The Moderation Dilemma: Legislative Coalitions and the Politics of Family and Medical Leave (University of Pittsburgh Press). She is currently studying how highly selective colleges can best support under-resourced students. In 2000, Anya received a Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching; she has been nominated for the Levinson Teaching Prize and for the John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling. She was voted a “favorite professor” by the Harvard College classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Anya lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband, Jonathan Bassett, the chair of the history and social sciences department at Newton North High School, and their children, Benjamin (15) and Sarah (12). In addition to her work and family, Anya enjoys swimming, biking, baking (mostly cookies for her hungry teenagers), and reading novels.
Elisabeth Hopkins was born in Sweden and attended the Univeristy of Lund before moving to London to train as a Montessori teacher. After working in a small town west of Lyon, she started a school and a family (including 4 children) in New York City, where she lived for 14 years. She has lived in Brussels, taught a Swedish K/1 class, and obtained a master’s degree in Special Education from Columbia University. Elisabeth is now retired, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She feels honored to be part of Pfoho and is eager to participate in Swedish and French tables in the dining hall, and to discuss the varied interests of children and students of all ages.
Nadine Bérenguier and Bernd Widdig came to the United States from France and Germany, respectively. They have been associated with Pforzheimer House since arriving in Cambridge from California in 1988. Nadine was then an Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard and Bernd an Assistant Professor of German Studies at MIT. Between 1989 and 1993 they were Head Resident Tutors in Holmes Hall and were actively involved in language tables, among other activities. They have two daughters, Julia (23) and Heloise (17).
Currently, Bernd is Director of International Affairs at MIT and Nadine is Professor of French at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. They live in the Agassiz Neighborhood of Cambridge, not far from Pforzheimer House. Bernd is an avid long distance cyclist and Nadine loves to sing; they both enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, and cooking for their friends.
Aaron Bernstein is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and the Center for Health and the Global Environment. His work examines the human health dimensions of global environmental change.
Along with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Eric Chivian, he co-authored the critically acclaimed book Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. Dr. Bernstein is a past recipient of a Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship (2008) and has received Stanford University’s Firestone Medal for Research. In 2009 he became the course director for Human Health and Global Environmental Change, offered jointly at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, the only such course offered at a medical school in the United States. He received his AB from Stanford University, his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his medical training in the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics and now practices pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Biewener received his BS degree in Zoology from Duke University, and his PhD in Biology from Harvard University. He then moved to the University of Chicago, where he eventually became Professor and Chair of the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy. Biewener returned to Harvard in 1998 as Director of the Concord Field Station and the Charles P. Lyman Professor of Biology. He is currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Experimental Biology. He also served as Chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from 2001 to 2010 and was President of the American Society of Biomechanics in 2001-2002. Biewener teaches in a general life sciences course: LS2 - Human Evolutionary Physiology and Anatomy along with the upper level course OEB 173 - Comparative Biomechanics. Biewener's laboratory focuses on the biomechanics and neuromechanical control of terrestrial and aerial locomotion of vertebrate animals, with relevance to biorobotics.
Dr. Warren Brown is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is best known for his discovery of "hyper-velocity stars" escaping the Milky Way; he also spends time building instruments for telescopes. Dr. Brown grew up in Sacramento, CA. He received his undergraduate degree at University of Arizona, and his PhD at Harvard, during which time (1999-2002) he was a resident tutor at Pfoho.
A W Crompton is an emeritus professor and former Chair of the Department of Organismic Biology where he was a faculty member between 1970 and 2001. During his tenure, he taught courses on the structure and function of vertebrates, and on introductory organismic biology and vertebrate paleontology. Dr. Crompton is also the former director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Born in South Africa, he emigrated to the United States in 1964 to assume the directorship of the Peabody Museum at Yale. His wife, Ann, who is also a member of the Senior Common Room, is a retired social worker and a dedicated weaver with a studio in Somerville. Dr. Crompton can be reached at email@example.com.
Emily Cahan graduated from North House in 1978 (“whoa – that’s a long time ago”) and she is currently a professor of Psychology at Wheelock College in Boston. She is actually a hybrid (“or half-breed, depending on your perspective”) psychologist/historian. In her junior year of college, she became interested in the history of psychology, in particular developmental psychology, and she has pursued and expanded on these interests to this day. She received her Ph.D. from Yale in 1987 after having written what was arguably the first dissertation on the history of psychology in the Yale Department of Psychology. In 1992, after enjoying a glorious post-doctoral fellowship (and living as a Resident Scholar in Wolbach) back at Harvard and working at the Harvard Extension School, she joined the Wheelock College faculty. Her publications focus on the social, intellectual, and institutional history of psychology. More recently, she has developed an interest in the history of children and childhood. She lives in Arlington Heights with her chocolate lab, Clio. If you are a student (or not) and you miss your dog you should feel free to visit and play fetch with Clio (she’s a wonder-dog). Her non-academic pursuits include travel off the beaten path, photography, and the cello.
David P. Davidson has served as Managing Director of Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) since September 2011. David has a two-decade affiliation with Harvard University, and now directs the overall program providing residential, retail, catering and card services on campus, and serving 5 million meals annually. He enjoys working with the academic community to serve as a test lab for new ideas. Prior to coming to Harvard, David worked at Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, where he was instrumental in the implementation of the Yale Sustainable Food Project.
Arthur Dempster is Research Professor and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Statistics. During his active years 1958 to 2005, he taught across the full range of courses offered by the small FAS Department of Statistics. He chaired the department for about 12 years at two different periods, and he supervised about 50 Ph.D. theses – many of whose recipients have gone on to become distinguished academics and professional statisticians. Among external projects, he has consulted at length with a major pharmaceutical firm, served as an expert witness in legal disputes over employment discrimination, participated in the development of a statistics group in a prominent climatological research institute, and helped advise US federal defense agencies concerned with control engineering. He is known as the co-inventor of a computer algorithm called EM that simplifies understanding and software development for a widely used type of statistical estimation procedure. His recent focus is on pushing development of an approach to formal uncertainty assessment that assigns probabilities to what we "don't know". This theory was originally proposed with a younger scholar 30-40 years ago, and is now known as Dempster-Shafer theory. Recently, on his 80th birthday, he and Glenn Shafer were granted honorary doctorates for this work by the University of Economics in Prague. If all this seems to make him unapproachable, don't believe it. He is available to discuss statistical analyses, and problems of uncertainty assessment, with anyone connected to Pforzheimer House.
Ryan D. Enos is an assistant professor of government and a faculty associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He specializes in American politics with an emphasis on the politics of race & identity and voting behavior. His research focuses on how voting and other political behavior is affected by the context in which a person lives interacting with their identity. This leads him to an intersection of research in political behavior, political psychology, and geography. His current primary interest is in the effect of residential racial segregation on voter choice and participation. He earned his AB in political science and history from U.C. Berkeley and his MA and PhD in political science from UCLA. Before entering academia, he was a teacher at Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, IL.
A graduate of Pfoho in 1981, Guy is an internal medicine physician (Yale '85) who did solo practice for 5 years before taking down the shingle and transitioning to business. He is a 1994 graduate of the Yale School of Management, spent 5 years at BCG, a year on Wall Street, and a year as VP of Business Development for an emerging company before joining Fletcher Spaght, where he consults to startup and global health care companies and invests through Fletcher Spaght Ventures. He is a member of the Trustee board at Beth Israel Deaconess, and chairs the licensing board at Dubai Health Care City. His son James is a 2008 Pfoho graduated and his daughter Carina is a 2013 senior in Quincy. Guy’s wife, Kim (a Yalie) has been a very active mentor and advisor for Harvard students.
James H. Fowler earned a PhD from Harvard in 2003 and is currently Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. His work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics. James was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, and Most Original Thinker of the year by The McLaughlin Group. His research has been featured in numerous best-of lists including New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas, Time's Year in Medicine, Discover Magazine's Year in Science, and Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Business Ideas. Together with Nicholas Christakis, James wrote a book on social networks for a general audience called Connected. Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, it has been translated into twenty languages, named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review, and featured in Wired, Oprah's Reading Guide, Business Week's Best Books of the Year, and a cover story in New York Times Magazine.
John Girash was a non-resident tutor in Physics and Astronomy from back in the North House days, and has happily continued his relationship with Pfoho as a member of the Senior Common Room. After doing his grad work at the Center for Astrophysics, he moved down to the Science Center where he now works at the Bok Center, largely in support of faculty and TFs in the natural sciences. He is also a Lecturer in SEAS, where he teaches a practicum course. John lives in Arlington with his wife, kindergarten-age son, and grumpy cat. His bike commute takes him right by Pfoho so he trys to stop in a few times each month. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to talk about science, education, or want to know when the next Harvard Alumni Jazz Band gig is (He’s on bari sax).
Merle Goldman is Professor Emerita of Chinese History at Boston University and an Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, and is the author of a number of books on modern Chinese history and culture. Two of her books, China's Intellectuals: Advise and Dissent (1981) and Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China (1994), were selected by The New York Times Book Review as notable books in their respective years. The latter book was also selected by the American Association of Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, as the best book on government published in 1994. She is co-author of updated editions of China: A New History (with John K. Fairbank, 1998, 2006), and her latest book is From Comrade to Citizen: The Struggle for Political Rights in China.
Alyssa Goodman is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Goodman's work focuses in three areas: studies of star formation, e-Science, and data visualization. The star formation research is aimed at understanding how interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars, and the associated investigations use a variety of observational techniques covering the spectral range from X-ray to radio. In her e-Science work, Goodman leads the "Seamless Astronomy" efforts at the CfA, which focus on making modern software tools more useful in astronomical, and other scientific, research. Goodman's Viz-E-Lab, located at 160 Concord Avenue, hosts a variety of computing and display hardware and software used in both data visualization and "Seamless Astronomy" research. Goodman teaches Harvard courses on Astronomy and Data Visualization.
Woody Hastings and his wife Hanna were co-Masters of PfoHo (called North House at the time) from 1976 to 1996. Hanna died in 2009. Woody continues to attend activities at PfoHo and enjoys the vitality of life in the House, especially talking with tutors and students.
Woody is the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Research Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard and a member of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Before retiring from teaching Woody taught a Freshman Seminar on Bioluminescence and an upper level undergraduate course entitled “Circadian Biology: from cellular oscillators to sleep regulation”. Correspondingly, his laboratory research, which has been supported primarily by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, was concerned with both bioluminescence and circadian rhythms. His book on the subject with colleague Therese Wilson, entitled "Bioluminescence: Living Lights, Lights for Living", will be published by Harvard University Press in February 2013.
Woody is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and an elected honorary member of the Alpha Kappa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University.
Woody was an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, obtained his PhD from Princeton in 1951 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins from 1951-1953. He joined the faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston in 1953, moving in 1957 to the University of Illinois in Urbana and to Harvard as Professor of Biology in 1966.
Mel Hodder, Senior Vice-President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, has been a financial advisor and stockbroker through a long career. Weathering the cycles, being part of the making and un-making of firms, managing and protecting personal and institutional funds is never dull. He just celebrated a 50th reunion with his HBS class, and two years ago he rowed a 50th reunion race at the Henley with his remaining teammates from the Harvard lightweight crew team. Ask him about a career as an artist or where to find the best powder skiing.
Lissa Hodder unwillingly accepted retirement after 40 years in the classroom, working with students and teachers of many descriptions (including, most recently, Harvard undergraduates from UTEP, the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program). She continues to work with students and teachers through Breakthrough, now Breakthrough Greater Boston, with the planned opening of a second site in Dorchester at Tech Boston Academy. Ask her anything about teaching or about schools or about how to be a woman "who does it all" in the old days, including Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa, and attending Literary Exercises for umpteen years.
John W. Hutchinson is Lawrence Professor of Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Along with his students and collaborators, Professor Hutchinson works on problems in solid mechanics concerned with engineering materials and structures. Buckling and structural stability, elasticity, plasticity, fracture and micro-mechanics all figure prominently in the research. Examples of ongoing research activities are (1) efforts to extend plasticity theory to small scales, (2) development of a mechanics framework for assessing the durability of thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engines, (3) the mechanics and simulation of ductile fracture, and (4) the mechanics of thin films, coatings and multilayers.
Dr. Charles ("Kip") King, A.B. (Harvard '74), J.D. (Yale '79), Ph.D. (MIT ' 97), has wide-ranging and successful careers as an academic, astronomer, economist, entrepreneur, and lawyer. Intellectually curious and dedicated to education and public service, Dr. King enjoys meeting new people, especially students, and discussing new ideas together. As an academic, Dr. King has published articles in a broad range of scholarly journals, among them: the Astrophysical Journal, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, New England Journal of Medicine, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Organization Science, Review of Network Economics, and the Yale Law Journal. Dr. King has also authored business cases, including a best seller, for the Harvard Business School. Dr. King has testified before the U.S. Senate against the marketing of tobacco to teens and has served as an expert witness, both nationally and internationally, in litigation involving the fraudulent marketing of pharmaceuticals, antitrust violations and a variety of economic and marketing matters. Dr. King served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School from 1997 to 2003 and as a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before returning to academics, Dr. King helped found and served as president for several high-tech startups in the computer and software industry. Previously, Dr. King worked for New Haven Legal Assistance Association and as a corporate attorney at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Dr. King lives in Lincoln, where he enjoys spending time with his teenage son, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.
As Associate Dean and Chief Technology Officer for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at Harvard University, Henry Leitner provides vision and leadership in the development and implementation of technology-based initiatives that serve both the administrative and academic areas, including online teaching and learning. He has oversight responsibility for dozens of IT staff and hundreds of servers, a first-rate computing lab, as well as a growing collection of Harvard Extension School and Summer School technology courses that collectively enroll thousands of students annually. Dr. Leitner also directs the Master’s of Liberal Arts in Information Technology degree (the ALM in IT) at the Harvard Extension School, a graduate program of study in which adult learners are exposed to modern software engineering methodologies, theoretical and formal areas of computer science, advanced topics in cryptography, nanoscale science, digital media arts and sciences and enterprise computing, as well as the latest trends in IT management.
Since 1986, Dr. Leitner has been a Senior Lecturer on Computer Science for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, where he has taught a number of large introductory courses, including CS-1 (currently), CS-50 and CS-51. In 1999, he received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2006 he was honored for 25 years of teaching at the Extension School. He co-founded Articulate Systems, Inc., a company that pioneered the use of voice recognition technology on the Apple Macintosh computer as well as the Indian Computer Academy, a nonprofit institute based in Bangalore, India. He received his master's degree and his doctorate from Harvard University, and his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Mark Libenson is a 1980 graduate of Pfoho (then known as Noho). He fondly remembers co-chairing the Noho Hoco way back when and spent most of his time in Wolbach where he met his wife-to-be (see SCR member Lisa Muto). After spending a year studying Literature and Linguistics at the University of Florence with Lisa, both returned to Montreal where Lisa got her PhD in Italian and Mark went to med school. Mark spent the next twenty years at Tufts, first in training in Pediatrics and Neurology, and then on the faculty of Tufts Medical School as a Pediatric Neurologist. In 2005, Mark came full circle and returned to Harvard by joining the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital as Director of the EEG laboratory, specializing in clinical neurophysiology, intensive care neurology, and fetal neurology. Mark would be happy to speak to undergraduates interested in medicine, Pediatrics, or Neurology (or anything else).
Irving M. London, MD, was born in Malden, Massachusetts and was graduated from Harvard College in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude. Dr. London simultaneously earned a second bachelor’s degree from Hebrew College in Roxbury.
At Harvard, he worked to bring talented refugee students from Nazi-occupied Europe to Cambridge, and went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School in 1943. After an internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. London joined the military from 1944 to 1946 as a captain in the Medical Corps before returning to Columbia as a member of the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. London was the founding chair of the department of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, of which he served as director. He continues to co-direct HST 140: Molecular Medicine. Dr. London and his wife, Huguette Piedzicki (1925-2002), have two sons, Robb and David, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Danielle.
John Maher John Maher was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and became a political activist soon after graduating from Harvard College. In the sixties, he was a New Left organizer and a leader of Vietnam Summer and the anti-war movement. Later, he taught in the Boston and Somerville public schools, led the Education Department at Oxfam America, and developed Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts into a major political force rooted in low income and immigrant communities. He loves talking with students – he wrote Learning from the Sixties: Memoir of an Organizer with such discussions in mind. His wife, Ellen Sarkisian, is a member of the Senior Common Room and, like Mr. Maher, is an avid tennis player. Doubles anyone? Email: email@example.com.
Jim McCarthy is Harvard’s Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography in two academic departments, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology plus Earth and Planetary Sciences. He also teaches in Environmental Science and Public Policy. From 1982 – 2002 he was Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gonzaga University, and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research relates to ocean ecosystems and climate change, from plankton to whales. He teaches courses on oceanography, global change biology, and marine ecosystems. He has travelled to the Arctic and Antarctic and enjoys literature on the history of polar exploration. When he is not in the classroom or his library, look for him on a ski slope, a fishing stream, or under an old Audi. Jim and his spouse Sue were Masters of Pforzheimer House from 1996 – 2009. Sue has worked in early childhood education and on the editorial staff for scientific journals. Now in retirement, she is enjoying gardening and exploring art through quilting and embroidering. She also enjoys contemporary and historical fiction and traveling with Jim to high latitudes.
Giuliana Minghelli is Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University where she teaches Italian literature and film studies. Her book, In the Shadow of the Mammoth: Italo Svevo and the Emergence of Modernism, appeared in 2003. Recently, her work has focused on visual studies and cinema, with essays on the documentaristic vision from neorealism to postmodernism and the intersection of photography and literature. She is currently working on a book project on the representation of history through landscape in postwar Italian literature and an edited volume entitled "Italian Culture in the Age of Mechanical reproduction."
Lisa Muto is a Harvard College and Pforzheimer House (then North House) graduate and recalls her days in the house fondly. She and her husband, Mark Libenson, still count former NoHoers among their closest friends and they were very pleased that their daughter, Sara ('10), was assigned to the House and gave them an opportunity for some trips down memory lane. Lisa spent a year at the University of Florence on a Rotary Fellowship after graduation and then moved to Montreal with Mark, where he went to medical school and she went to graduate school at McGill University. When they moved back to Boston for Mark's internship in Pediatrics, Lisa went to the Harvard College Office of Career Services for help in converting her academic CV to a resume and, serendipitously, she was hired by OCS as the Director of Fellowships and the Associate Director of OCS, and so she began a career in university administration. She moved from OCS to Harvard Medical School as the Director of Administration for the Department of Health Care Policy and later Director of Strategic Projects for the school. She is currently the Associate Dean for Institutional Planning and Policy at Harvard Medical School and works on academic planning as well as special projects for the dean. In addition to their daughter, Sara, Lisa and Mark have a son, Andrew, who is a junior at Berklee College of Music.
Ellen Sarkisian works at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where you might have seen her if you had a class videotaped. (She might have seen you too, but when she viewed the class with the lecturer or discussion leader, she was watching the teaching, not evaluating you.) If you are interested in talking about what captivates you in your classes, she would love to hear from you. Or if you are interested in talking about teaching abroad, she can share her experiences of teaching in Africa and Asia. She lives near the Quad with her husband, John Maher, and she can be seen biking to a tennis game or to the QRAC.
Larry Miller is CEO of a social network analytics company he founded with Nicholas Christakis, Activate Networks. He has been a founder or manager at 7 previous startups, primarily focused on health care analytics. He is a physician by training (HMS ‘78) and was a Quincy House resident in the last century (‘73). He and his wife, Ellen Williams (‘75) are the parents of Jay (’09), Katie (’13) and David (’14). He’d be happy to speak with students about ideas, career plans, etc.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Moskow, FAIA received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received design awards from the American Institute of Architects, The Boston Society of Architects, and the Municipal Arts Society of New York. Keith is principal of Moskow Linn Architects, Boston, MA, and is the author of four books on architecture. For additional information see www.moscowlinn.com.
JP Onnela is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is interested in a broad range of theoretical and applied problems in network science. His current research focuses on the statistical and mathematical analysis and modeling of social networks and their connection to human health; network methods and theory; and online social systems and social media. Prior to joining Biostatistics, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, one year as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, and two years as a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. He obtained his doctorate at Helsinki University of Technology, now Aalto University, in 2006. Email him with questions.
Hanspeter Pfister is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His research in visual computing lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision. It spans a wide range of topics, including bio-medical visualization, 3D reconstruction, GPU computing, and data-driven methods in computer graphics. Before joining Harvard, he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories where he was Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Pfister has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement award. He has authored over 40 US patents and over 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, including 18 ACM SIGGRAPH papers, the premier forum in Computer Graphics. He is co-editor of the first textbook on Point-Based Computer Graphics, published by Elsevier in 2007 and Technical Papers Chair for SIGGRAPH 2012. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Katherine (Kate) Stanton serves as the assistant dean of undergraduate education and a lecturer in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her current research focuses on the intimate experiences of colonialism. Next spring, she's teaching a course on gender and the postcolonial novel. Kate is married to John Scanlon, also at Harvard; they have a young son, Hugo, who delights in running around the Quad.
Diane Weinstein has worked at the Bureau of Study Counsel for more than twenty-five years. She has found it to be a fabulous environment in which to work, both because Harvard students are so engaging, and also because the office has fostered an ambience of ongoing reflection about its own work. Her work involves helping students with a broad range of issues, but a special interest of hers is students from urban public schools, who are often the first in their families to attend an elite college. She leads groups on topics like speaking up in class and managing procrastination. She came to Harvard (in 1969) as a graduate student in Classics, and she spent five years as a resident tutor and teaching fellow at North (now Pforzheimer) House. That residential work with students prompted her to switch careers and become a counselor, though she still teaches at the Harvard Extension School, as well as for the Bureau's Reading Strategies Course. She also oversees the peer-tutoring program at the Bureau, where she hears a great deal about students' experiences as learners at Harvard. She lives in Cambridge, and is married to a writer/teacher, with whom she has two grown children and one grandchild.
Ellen Williams is a graduate of Harvard College (“Winthrop House, sorry guys!”), Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. For many years, she practiced medicine, worked on medical school admissions, did pre-med advising, and taught at HMS in various capacities. In the past few years, she has turned her attention to education in Boston and spent last year starting a new charter school and this year teaching 7th grade science in Roxbury. She has three children, two of whom live in Lowell House and one of whom lives in Adams House as a pre-med tutor. She is happy to talk to students about medicine, K-12 education, motherhood, or really anything. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-270-3147.
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