2018-2019 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.

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).

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.

Daniela Cammack


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 since 2006, and prior to that worked at a NYC law firm for over five years.  I received my A.B. degree in the Woodrow Wilson School from Princeton University and my J.D. from Harvard Law School. At Yale, I have the privilege of working closely with the Investments Office, which enables the careful stewardship of Yale’s endowment for the benefit of current and future scholars. In addition to my work at Yale, keeping up with my two young children keeps my days full and fulfilling. I am excited to be a Davenport College Advisor and look forward to meeting more students over the years.


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.

Joseph Errington


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.

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.

Eric Friede


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.

Sourav Ghosh


Basie Gitlin


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. 

Miriam Gohara

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Miriam Gohara is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Gohara spent sixteen years representing death-sentenced clients in post-conviction litigation, first as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and then as a specially designated federal public defender with the Federal Capital Habeas Project.

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


Roy Herbst


Paul Kahn


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

Assistant Dean for the Arts, Director of 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).  At Yale, I oversee Undergraduate Production (the office that supports all undergraduate theater, dance, opera, and comedy), the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, and the Yale Ensembles (Bands, Glee Club and Yale Symphony Orchestra). Outside of Yale, I love cooking/eating, gardening, and reading, and I volunteer at a cat rescue organization in North Branford.

Denise Leidy


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.

Linda Maerz


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.

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.

Samuel Moyn


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.

Marina Picciotto


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.

Yu-Lin Saussy


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.

James Silk


Katerina Simons

Lecturer in Economics

Albert Sinusas


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). 

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.