2017-2018 College Faculty Advisers

Saed Alizamir

Assistant Professor of Operations, Yale School of Management

Professor Alizamir’s research interests include policy design for sustainable operations, healthcare service operations, operations-economics interface, as well as supply chain management.

Richard Belitsky

Harold W. Jockers Associate Professor of Medical Education and Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Deputy Dean for Education ; Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Richard Belitsky, Harold W. Jockers Associate Professor of Medical Education and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is noted for his work in medical education at both the undergraduate (medical student) and graduate (resident) levels.

At the School of Medicine, Belitsky has served as the residency program director in the Department of Psychiatry 1996-2006. He became the deputy chair for education in 2001, serving in that role until he was promoted to deputy dean for education. He has earned numerous professional honors at Yale, including the Stephen Fleck M.D. Faculty Award as Exemplary Physician and Teacher, the Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and the Francis Gilman Blake Award (for the member of the faculty at the School of Medicine designated by the senior class as the most outstanding teacher of the medical sciences) in both 1998 and 2000.

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).

Christian Bray

Outside of being very excited to join Davenport College as a fellow and first-year advisor, Christian Bray is the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance and the Senior Women’s Administrator for Yale Athletics. She holds a B.A. in Sports Management with minors in Business and Law from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School, where she also received the school’s unique Sport Law Certificate. Originally from Ohio, but raised in Texas, Christian has lived also lived in Southern California as well as Wisconsin.  Prior to Yale, Christian worked in the Marquette, Texas Christian, and Wisconsin Athletic Compliance Offices. 

Jack Callahan

A New Haven native, I first joined the Yale community as a Davenport undergraduate and earned my B.A. in 1980.  Last year in August, I became the Senior Vice President for Operations at Yale, and I am excited on entering my second year in this role.

After graduation from Yale, I attended the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth where I received my M.B.A. in 1986.  Over the years, I have served as a senior leader in a number of major global organizations.  I began my career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.  I then held roles of increasing responsibility at General Electric, PepsiCo, and Dean Foods.  Most recently, I was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of S&P Global (formerly known as The McGraw-Hill Companies).

I live in New Canaan, Connecticut with my wife April, and three children – Ryan (21), Kate (19), and Carey (17).  Both Ryan and Kate attend the University of Notre Dame, and Carey is a rising senior at New Canaan High School.  This is my first year as a Davenport College Advisor.

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. In addition, I am Davenport’s writing tutor and look forward to working with D-port students and students in other colleges. 

Michael Caplan

C. N. H. Long Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Michael J. Caplan received his bachelors degree from Harvard University and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1987. He joined Yale’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology as a faculty member in 1988, and is currently the C.N.H. Long Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Cell Biology. 

He has received fellowships from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation for Science and Engineering, and a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He has also received the Young Investigator Awards from the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Nephrologists. 

His work focuses on understanding the ways in which kidney cells organize and maintain their unique structures. His laboratory also studies the mechanisms responsible for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, and is working to identify targets for new therapies.

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.

Deborah Chung

Senior Associate General Counsel, Yale Office of General Counsel

I have been at Yale for over eleven years, and prior to that worked at a NYC law firm for over five.  I received my A.B. degree in the Woodrow Wilson School from Princeton University, and attended Harvard Law School.  Not having a Yale degree results in occasional awkwardness (skipping office tailgates at key games, for example) but more typically prompts wistfulness when I see the depth and richness of this institution.  At Yale, I have the privilege of working closely with the Investments Office, which enables the careful stewardship of Yale’s endowment, to the benefit of current and future scholars.

On a personal level, I enjoy the mix I call my life, which runs the gamut from staying on top of a demanding job to cramming for my next book club meeting to playing ThinkFun games alongside my 5-year old daughter.  My husband and 9-year old son motivate me to improve my golf swing (there’s plenty of room).  I am thrilled to serve as a Davenport College Advisor and look forward to being part of this wonderful community.

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.

Eugene Fidell

Eugene R. Fidell is Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at the Law School. He attended public schools in New York City, Queens College and Harvard Law School, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has taught a broad range of subjects at the Law School, including Military Justice, Habeas Corpus, and Native American Law. In addition to teaching, he edits the blog Global Military Justice Reform. He is married to Davenport Fellow Linda Greenhouse, who also teaches at the Law School. Their daughter Hannah lives in Los Angeles, where she is a filmmaker.

Marta Figlerowicz

I’m an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English, with additional affiliations in Film and Media and in Russian Studies. I got my B.A. at Harvard (2009) and my M.A. and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley (2011; 2013), all of them in English. I’ve written two books about literary representations of first-person experience and of our intersubjective relations to others; right now, I’m drafting a third book about the aesthetics of the internet age. In addition to my academic work, I regularly write essays about contemporary culture for non-academic publications. I’m thrilled to be serving as a college advisor at Davenport again this year. 

Themba Flowers

Director, Digital Scholarship Services, Yale University Library

I am currently the Director of Digital Scholarship Services for Yale University Library. In this role, I wear many hats with responsibilities encompassing the overlaps between data, statistics, digital humanities, scholarly publishing, libraries, learning environments, research services, and educational technologies. I have BA in Spanish and Portuguese Literature with a minor in Linguistics. In previous lives, I have been a web developer, information security analyst, database programmer, designer, deejay, teacher, and an artist. I look forward to serving as a First Year Advisor for Davenport College.

Suzie Forster

Clinical Professor and Director of Medical Studies; Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief of Ophthalmology Yale Health

Having grown up on both sides of the Atlantic with a mother who thought you should never let school interfere with education, it is delightful to have the opportunity to share in the joy of learning at Yale for the past thirty some years. I practice ophthalmology both at Yale Medical School and Yale Health and direct the curriculum for the medical students for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. I also run a working group that is designing online content for the medical student section of the American Academy of Ophthalmology website as well as co-chairing a task for to increase the percentage of underrepresented minority ophthalmologists in our profession. 

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.

Paul Genecin

Director, Yale Health

I was born and raised in Baltimore; attended Princeton (Art and Archaeology 1977); and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD 1983).  I did my internal medicine residency at Columbia before arriving at Yale in 1986 for a fellowship in liver disease.  I have been director of Yale Health since 1997.  I continue to practice and teach at Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital.  My wife is a psychiatrist and we have two sons, one of whom graduated Yale College (Branford College’14). I live next to campus and love working in my garden.  I collect recordings of live opera performances, a passion since I was a teenager. My digital collection fills more than 1.2 terabytes and exceeds 15,000 hours – and yes, I do plan to listen to all of it. I enjoy my many interactions with Yale’s extraordinary students in Davenport and across the university.

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

Assistant Professor of English

My research focuses on the history and practice of prosody, especially in relation to modern poetry. My book project, Modernism’s Metronome, explores debates over prosody from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s, focusing on the rejection but also afterlife of traditional meter and practices of scansion. I am also co-editing, with Jonathan Culler, Critical Rhythm, a collection of essays developing new approaches to the study of poetic rhythm.

I am excited to be helping develop the Princeton Prosody Archive (1750-1923), an innovative digital collection of over 10,000 texts concerning historical poetics and prosody. The archive will help scholars develop new research projects in poorly recognized but historically central discourses of prosody. Prosody has led me to research and teach the poetics and politics of Hip-hop as well as other musical genres; more generally I enjoy teaching courses that move between literature and music, focusing on sound and its historical mediations.

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.

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!

Dan Keniston

Assistant Professor of Economics

Daniel Keniston is an assistant professor of Economics at Yale University. His research focuses largely on the role and structure of markets in developing countries, with other interests in governance, technology adoption, and economic history. He has worked in the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia, with particular emphasis on India. 

Paul Kennedy

J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of the Maritime and Naval Studies Program

Paul M. Kennedy is the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. He served as the director of ISS from 1989 until 2017, and he is now the director of the maritime and naval studies initiative.

A native of northern England, Professor Kennedy obtained his BA at Newcastle University and his D.Phil at the University of Oxford. He is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn. He holds many honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise of the Anglo-German AntagonismThe War Plans of the Great PowersThe Realities Behind Diplomacy, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century. His best-known work is The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Random House), which provoked an intense debate on its publication in 1988 and has been translated into over twenty languages. He is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. His monthly column on current global issues is distributed worldwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media Services.

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

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

I am a cultural anthropologist who studies African borderland areas where the state is largely absent, and a range of actors govern. My research locales, primarily the remote and little-populated eastern reaches of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), are further marked by violent histories that continue into the present. How, in such contexts, do people navigate fragile relationships of trust and claim access to resources and authority? My main fieldwork interlocutors are among the region’s men-in-arms, such as anti-poaching guards and rebels.

In addition to introductory and theoretical approaches to socio-cultural anthropology, I teach classes on sub-Saharan Africa, and especially African politics; anthropology and law; international development and humanitarianism; war, violence, and conflict; conservation and the management of “wilderness”; and the social and historical aspects of inter-species categorization.

Maureen Long

Professor of Geology and Geophysics

I grew up in Chelmsford, MA and went to school at RPI (undergrad) and MIT (grad). After a two-year stint in Washington, DC for my postdoc, I came to Yale in 2009 and have been a Davenport fellow since then. My field is geophysics and seismology, and my research uses recordings of earthquake waves to study how the Earth’s deep interior works. I teach classes on seismology, natural disasters, and forensic geoscience, and my research and teaching has taken me to places such as Peru, Japan, Hawaii, Dominica, Martinique, and an oceanographic research vessel in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. I live in Cheshire, CT with my husband Tony, a photographer, and our children Patrick and Caroline, ages six and three. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running, travel, and cheering on the Red Sox.

Reina Maruyama

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Reina Maruyama is exploring new physics in nuclear and particle astrophysics, in particular, in dark matter and neutrinos. Her group is carrying out direct detection of dark matter experiments in terrestrial-based detectors and searches for neutrinoless double beta decay. The current experiments include COSINE-100 located at the Yangyang Underground Laboratory in South Korea, DM-Ice, and IceCube located at the South Pole, and CUORE, located at Gran Sasso, Italy.

Rod McIntosh

Professor of Anthropology

Roderick James McIntosh, Ph.D., University of Cambridge. Professor of Anthropology at Yale University (New Haven, CT), Curator of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum, New Haven, and Honorary Distinguished Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa)(Department of Anthropology and Archaeology)

Major interests are in African and Old World comparative prehistory, intellectual history of prehistoric archaeology, ethnicity and specialization and the origin of authority in complex society, urbanism, geomorphology and palaeoclimate, international art market, prehistoric symbols and ideology. McIntosh was involved in the birthing of the first bi-laterial accord banning the import of antiquities into a “market” nation (USA) from a “source” nation (Mali). For the past thirty-five years he has looked comparatively at the urban landscapes of the great Niger and Senegal floodplains, including co-directorship of investigations at Jenne-jeno, sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest city.

Future fieldwork will concern the palaeoclimate, floodplain dynamics, and rise and fall of cities in the now “dead” delta of the Niger, the Méma of Mali. Plans also to take samples for archaeomagnetism dating from Peru, South Africa, and (continuing) from Senegal and Mali. These samples are for his new archaeomagnetism dating laboratory, with the capacity for high-resolution dates from archaeological contexts and to provide magnetic intensity data to field models of the changing intensity of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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.

Ali Miller

Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law and Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership

Alice Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and the Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Public Health and a Lecturer in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Srinivas Muvvala

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center

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.

Annie Murphy Paul

Associate Head of Davenport College

Annie Murphy Paul is a magazine journalist who contributes to The New York TimesScientific AmericanTime, and Slate, among other publications. Paul is also the author of two books, The Cult of Personality and Origins; the latter was named a New York Times Notable Book. Her next book, titled Thinking Outside the Brain, is to be published by Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Paul has taught the Yale courses “Reading and Writing the Modern Essay” and “The Craft of Narrative Nonfiction,” and now advises first-year students in her role as Fellow and Associate Head of Davenport College.

Gregg Peeples

 

Ismene Petrakis

Professor of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Dr. Petrakis is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of the Mental Health Service Line at VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) since July 2010. Dr. Petrakis completed residency training at Yale School of Medicine and then a NIDA-funded addiction psychiatry clinical/research fellowship. She joined the faculty in 1992. Prior to July 2010, she was the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program of the VACHS since 1996.

Dr. Petrakis is also the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency at Yale, an ACGME-accredited program and the PI of both an NIAAA-funded and a NIDA-funded training grant (T32).

Her research interests are predominately two-fold: (1) finding appropriate treatments for dually diagnosed individuals and (2) understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying alcohol dependence. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, NIH-NIAAA, the VA, NARSAD and the Stanley Foundation. 

Kailasnath Purushothaman

Director of Residential College Science/Math Tutoring

Kailasnath Purushothaman (GRD’ 93) is an aerospace and mechanical engineer whose research focuses on medical applications. His projects have included predicting patients’ tolerance to carotid sacrifice, examining the rupture probability of cerebral aneurysms, using radiotracer kinetics to study myocardial blood flow patterns, and evaluating outcomes in the external beam radiotherapy of prostate cancer. The broad theme is how to combine engineering models and statistical physics. Kailas’s interest in teaching was sparked during his secondary studies in India. While a graduate student he was a Residential College Mathematics and Science Tutor, and he has taught Mechanical Engineering at Yale for 20 years. For the CTL, he supervises most tutoring in mathematics and science, including the course-based peer tutoring, the Residential College Mathematics and Science Tutoring, and the QR tutoring programs. Thus working with the CTL is an important evolution of his prior experience.

Martha Schall

Deputy Secretary and Senior Director of Corporation Affairs

Martha Schall joined the Office of the Secretary in February 2015. In her role, she supports the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life in the areas of institutional governance, and university traditions and events. Martha leads the teams that support the work of the Yale Corporation, the University Council and University-wide events. 

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary, Martha was President of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Previously, Martha served in a variety of roles in the Yale Office of Development, including as an Associate Vice President for Development and as the Managing Director of the Yale Alumni Fund. She earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Katerina Simons

Lecturer in Economics

Candace Skorupa

Sr Lector French; Lector Comparative Lit

Candace Skorupa loves to teach first-year students of French in FREN 110, 120, and 121, as well as advanced students in FREN 150 and 151.  In the department of Comparative Literature, she is the Senior Essay Coordinator and guides the seniors through their senior essay projects.  She has been a lector at Yale since 2005.

She received her Ph.D. (2000), M.Phil. (1996), and B.A. (1992) in Comparative Literature from Yale University.   Her dissertation, “Music and Letters: Correspondances of Notes and Narrative from Berlioz to Proust,” was directed by Peter Brooks. 

She has taught French at Harvard University (1999-2002) and at Smith College (2002-2005), and she taught English at Lycée Saint-Exupéry in Lyon, France, with the Fulbright program (1992-93). 

Njeri Thande

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Njeri Thande received her Internal Medicine training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University in New York City and her Cardiovascular Medicine training at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before coming to Yale, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Albert Einstein Medical School/Montefiore Hospital. She has a special interest in cardiovascular disease in patients with HIV and women’s cardiovascular health. She is the co-director of the Homeostasis (cardiovascular, renal and pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology) integrated course for first year medical students. Her educational mission is to integrate sex and gender medicine into the traditional medical school curriculum.

John Witt

Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor, Law School; Professor of History; Head of Davenport College

John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His most recent book Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (2012) was awarded the Bancroft Prize, and was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, as a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and as the winner of the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.  Previous writing includes Patriots and Cosmopolitans: Hidden Histories of American Law (Harvard University Press, 2007), and the prize winning book, The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as articles in the American Historical Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and other scholarly journals. He has written for the New York TimesSlate, and the Washington Post. In 2010 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Professor Witt is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College and he holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale. Before returning to Yale, he was the George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History at Columbia University. He served as law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Graeme Wood

Lecturer in Political Science

Graeme Wood is a contributing editor to The Atlantic and The New Republic and books editor of Pacific Standard.

He was a reporter at The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh in 1999, then lived and wrote in the Middle East from 2002 to 2006. He has received fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council (2002-2003), the South Asian Journalists Association (2009), the East-West Center (2009-2010), and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide (2013-2014). He has appeared many times on television and radio (CNN, ABC, BBC, MSNBC, et al.), was the screenwriter of a Sundance Official Selection (2010, short film), and led a Nazi-hunting expedition to Paraguay for a History Channel special in 2009.

Graeme attended Deep Springs College, Harvard, Indiana University, and the American University in Cairo.

Weimin Zhong

Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Carl Zimmer

Professor Adjunct, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

I was born in New Haven, grew up mostly in New Jersey, and majored in English at Yale. I went on to become a journalist specializing in science. Now I’m a columnist for the New York Times, where I report each week about new discoveries in biology, ecology, and medicine. I also write books about topics in science, ranging from viruses to the brain. After I moved back to the New Haven area, I began teaching at Yale. I now teach an upper-level writing seminar and also hold workshops for graduate science students.