2015-2016 Freshman Faculty Advisers

Arielle Baskin-Sommers

I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I received my Sc.B. from Brown University (2007), a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013), and completed my pre-doctoral internship and fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Substantively, my research is concentrated on understanding individual differences in cognitive and affective processes as they relate to vulnerability for disinhibitory (impulsive, antisocial) psychopathology. I spend my spare time traveling, trying new restaurants, watching or playing sports, and (embarrassingly) watching reality TV. 

Richard Belitsky


Julien Berro


Julia Bourque

Office of Career Strategy Assistant Director, International Internships Program

Having been born in Connecticut, raised in Vermont, and after attending college in Massachusetts, I call myself a true New Englander.  Currently, I provide general career counseling for Yale undergraduates and manage the International Internships Program in the Office of Career Strategy.  I received a BA in History and French from Boston University, and an MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute.  I’ve been fortunate to have several international experiences, teaching in France and working in Italy, and am excited to be working with international employers and alumni to bring international internship opportunities to Yale students.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling (both internationally and locally!), and snowboarding and wakesurfing in my home state of Vermont (#ilovermont).

Claire Bowern

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics

Claire Bowern is Associate Professor of Linguistics with a concentration in language documentation and historical linguistics. Her 2004 PhD was from Harvard University and examined language change in a family of non-Pama-Nyungan (Australian) languages. Her current research focuses on the Indigenous languages of Australia and elsewhere, and is concerned with language documentation/description and prehistory. This includes fieldwork in Northern Australia with speakers of highly endangered languages, as well as archival work, shedding light on the linguistic history of Pama-Nyungan. She also works with Native American communities on language documentation and reclamation.

Lincoln Caplan

Lecturer, Yale Law School

I am delighted to continue as a freshman adviser, as I have been for the past 15 years, and to be a visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School, where I was on the faculty as a journalist from 1998 to 2006. I am also a member of the editorial board of The American Scholar, for which I write regularly, and a contributor of journalism to other publications.

Michael Caplan


Henry (Sam) Chauncey, Jr.

Former Secretary of Yale University

I was a Davenport undergraduate as a student and graduated in 1957. I then lived in the College as a resident fellow for 10 years while I worked in the Yale College Dean’s Office. I later was a senior Yale administrator until 1982. I left Yale to found a non-profit, inner city organization, Science Park, to the west of the Yale gym. I then became president of a specialty hospital outside New Haven and eventually returned to Yale to teach in the Public Health School. I am now retired and live three blocks from Davenport. I have been deeply involved in New Haven, play squash and am interested in studying ethical governance in non-profit organizations.

Zhiwu Chen


Edward S. Cooke, Jr.

Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, Department of the History of Art

I grew up in the snow belt of northwest Connecticut before heading south to attend Yale.  While a Davenport undergraduate (’77), I rowed for the heavyweight crew for a year and half, played hockey for two years, and even coached the women’s ice hockey team in my junior year, before developing my interest in the field of American decorative art and material culture in my junior year.   I remain an active athlete sculling and biking.  My wife Carol has been the Corporate Curator at Fidelity Investments since 1980.  Like our son Ben (Davenport ‘08) and daughter Rachel (Davenport ‘10), we are loyal members of Red Sox Nation.

Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Yale University. He is also a Resident Fellow at the school’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), where he heads up the ISPS Health Policy Center. Professor Cooper’s work is focused on examining the intersection of public policy, health care and economics. In particular, his research centers on three areas. The first is examining how competition impacts heath care providers’ quality and productivity. The second is looking at pricing dynamics in the hospital industry and the extent that rising prices explain rising overall health spending. The third is studying the factors that explain productivity differences across hospitals. Professor Cooper received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the London School of Economics, where he remains a Faculty Associate at the school’s Centre for Economic Performance.

Joseph Errington


Michael Farina


Deborah Fried

Deborah Fried came East from southern California and changed from an outdoor modern dancer to a research, and then clinical, physician via Hampshire College, the National Institutes of Health, and medical school and residency in NY, a research fellowship at Penn and then the Yale faculty as of 1987. She is lucky to be able to still dance, and enjoy the kayak, hiking, paddle boarding, musical and theatrical offerings of our fair New Haven. Her children went to Yale (D’port 12+, and Branford ‘14) and continue to guide her as parent, professional and advisor.

Elizabeth Gardner

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery (Sports Medicine); Yale School of Medicine and West Haven Veterans Hospital

After being raised in New Hampshire and attending St. Paul’s School, I came to New Haven as a member of the Davenport Class of 2001. I played field hockey and captained the women’s lacrosse team, as well as IM squash.  Following a 2-year stint as a boarding school teacher Oundle School (UK), and medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, I returned to Yale for my orthopaedic surgery residency.  That was followed by sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan, where I had the opportunity to work with their athletes.  In 2013, I resettled in New Haven (for good, I think!), where I am thrilled to be able to work with the Yale community and our student-athletes.  I am excited to rejoin Dport as a freshman advisor and fellow.

Marion Gehlker


Jay Gitlin

Lecturer; Associate Director of Howard R. Lamar Center on the Study of Frontiers and Borders

I am a proud member of the Class of 1971—the first Yale class with women and the next-to-last class required to wear a coat and tie for dinner in the dining hall. I majored in history and have always been interested in cities and urban life, which explains why I wound up specializing in the fur trade, the frontier, and the French experience in North America. I am from New York (Long Island: Mets and Jets fan) and joined the musicians’ union at the age of 12.  I love used bookstores and am writing a book on the “Rise and Fall of Modern Shopping.” I have a degree from the Yale School of Music as a percussionist, but mostly play piano in the Bales-Gitlin Band with my wife, Ginny Bales. Our son Basie (Davenport 2010) was a freshman counselor and has recently returned from Cambridge with an M.Phil. in Early Modern History.  A cold glass of milk and chocolate thin mints (any variety of dark chocolate) will bring an instant smile to my face, in case one is not already firmly planted there. 

Ben Glaser


Karin Gosselink

Assistant Director, Yale College Writing Center

Despite living in the East for fifteen years, I still identify as a Midwesterner—I was born and spent most of my childhood in Illinois (and am a die-hard Cubs fan as a result). I won a scholarship to a small college in central New York, where for one of my many campus jobs I was a peer writing tutor. This led to my first post-college job coordinating a Writing Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I discovered I had a talent and passion for teaching writing, and for working with the recent immigrant and international students that made up most of our clientele.  I combined my interests by earning a Ph.D. in global Anglophone literature while teaching for the writing program at Rutgers.  In 2006, I arrived at Yale as a lecturer, and became an Assistant Director at the Yale College Writing Center in 2010.  My other talents include ice-skating, grassroots political organizing (I run an awesome phone bank), and expanding my knowledge of American movies of the 1930s and 40s.  When I’m not on campus, I’m enjoying time with my husband, Phil, a nurse practitioner, and parenting my two young boys, Will and Oscar.

Eduardo Groisman

Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale School of Medicine; Member, Yale Microbial Sciences Institute

I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I received a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.  I obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago, and then conducted postdoctoral training at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, and at The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California in San Diego.  After spending 20 years as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, I joined the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis at the Yale School of Medicine in 2010.  I am excited about the research program of my laboratory, which investigates how bacteria turn genes on and off.  I enjoy music, theatre and literature as well as spending time with my wife Claudia, as well as my three grown children.

Nilay Hazari

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia before I moved to Sydney, where I completed an undergraduate degree in science at the University of Sydney. From there I moved to Oxford to study for a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry. I continued to pursue my passion for chemistry as a postdoc at Caltech and in 2009 I started as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Yale. My research aims to convert small and abundant molecules such as carbon dioxide and dinitrogen into useful materials. Away from lab, I love playing and watching sport and I am slowly learning the intricacies of American Football!

Roy Herbst


Albert Ko

Associate Professor, Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) Division Head - Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

I was raised in New Jersey by parents who emigrated from Korea and after finishing my undergraduate education at MIT and medical training at Harvard, set off with my wife Delphine to Salvador, Brazil where I have worked for the past 16 years on the health problems of urban slum communities.  We returned to the US last year with three kids, Tongil (16), Aline (13) and Minjae (10), who despite their French mother and American father, grew up to be typical baianos.  I spend my spare time wandering around book stores and doing a not very good job of kicking the soccer ball with my children

Kate Krier

Head of Undergraduate Production

I discovered theater when I played the dormouse (a silent role) in my elementary school production of Alice and Wonderland.  By high school, I had discovered that being backstage was more fun than being onstage and I have been working there ever since.  I was born in Connecticut, but grew up in Florida, and eventually found my way back for college (Wesleyan) and then again for grad school (Yale School of Drama).  When not on campus, I am renovating an 1830s house in northeast CT with my husband, Eric, who works as the Shop Foreman at Yale Rep, puttering in our garden, hanging out with our cats, or visiting my two cute nephews in California.

Louisa Lombard


Kelly McLaughlin

Director, Study Abroad
Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience
Assistant Dean for Assessment

As Director of Study Abroad, and with oversight of Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad, Kelly focuses on promoting and documenting students’ experiential learning outcomes. This work has been informed by his tenure both as Chair of the Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee and as Chair of the Council for the Forum on Education Abroad, which is recognized as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. As Assistant Dean for Assessment, Kelly is also responsible for coordinating Yale University’s accreditation reports to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Kelly joined Yale’s Fellowship Programs in 2002, overseeing the advising, funding, and assessment of student experiences around the world and domestically. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from UCLA in English Literature before working in South Korea’s Higher Education sector for five years, culminating with a position at the Fulbright Commission in Seoul.

Srinivas Muvvala


Rob Nelson

I grew up in Texas, first along the Rio Grande River in what is called “The Valley” and then in central Texas, went to college in Houston, moved to New York for graduate school, taught for 25 years at the University of Chicago, and along the way spent several years each in Washington and Los Angeles on various fellowships.  As a result, I got to know something about different parts of this country.  I study and teach about the artistic cultures of the regions around the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.  My wife, Margaret Olin, also a Davenport fellow, and I have two children, one now a lawyer and the other about to graduate from college.  I enjoy reading novels and poetry, listening to classical music but also AfroPop, and watching and attending sports of all types.  I used to be a White Sox fan.  Now I am trying to decide what local baseball religion to follow.

Patrick O’Connor


Ismene Petrakis

Professor of Psychiatry

Richard Schottenfeld

Professor, Psychiatry; Head of Davenport College

Candace Skorupa


Michael Warner


Graeme Wood