2021-2022 College 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.

Reginald Dwayne Betts

 American poet and Lawyer

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major research interests are administrative law, criminal law, empirical legal studies, and law and literature. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Israel H. Perez Prize for best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal. While a J.D. candidate, he spent his summers with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service. In 2016-2017, he was a Liman Fellow working in the New Haven Public Defender’s Office.

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

Professor of Linguistics

Claire Bowern is a historical linguist whose research is centered around language change and language documentation in Indigenous Australia. While her work touches many areas, the overarching question is how to characterize the nature of language change. Her research program looks at how to study this so we understand both the micro change(es) in progress and the macro change that leads to language families. 

She is currently the editor of the journal Diachronica. She also directs Yale’s Women Faculty Forum, a gender equity group on campus. She is faculty co-director of the Native Northeast Portal and Chair of the CTL’s faculty advisory committee. She also serves on the Social Science Tenure and Appointments Committee and has a secondary appointment in Anthropology and membership of the Executive Committee for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  

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.

Sam Chauncey

Henry “Sam” Chauncey, Jr. graduated from Yale in 1957. He then worked for Yale, successively, as an Assistant Dean of Yale College, Special Assistant to the president of Yale (Kingman Brewster) and Vice President and Secretary of the University. He played a major role in bringing about the admission of women to Yale’s undergraduate College and in maintaining peace on the campus during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.

In 1988 he became President and CEO of Gaylord Hospital, in Wallingford, Connecticut. It was then an acute rehabilitation hospital then treated those which major traumatic accidents and events such as brain injury and spinal cord injury.

In 1995 he returned to Yale as Lecturer and Head of the Health Management Program in the Yale School of Public Health.

Ned Cooke

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

Professor Cooke focuses upon American material culture and decorative arts. His books include Making Furniture in Pre-industrial America: The Social Economy of Newtown and Woodbury, Connecticut (Johns Hopkins Press, 1996) and Inventing Boston: Design, Production and Consumption in the Atlantic World, 1680–1720 (Yale University Press, 2019), both of which focus upon the context of craftsman-client relations in colonial North America. He has also written extensively on modern craft, historicizing and explicating more recent forms of production.

At Yale, Cooke teaches lecture courses on American material culture from the fifteenth century to the present as well as an introductory course on global decorative arts and offers seminars on a variety of topics including material culture theory, material literacy, the American interior, American furniture, and modern craft. He has also taught seminars on craft and design in India and in Australia.

He served as the Chair of the department from 2000 to 2006 and from 2012 to 2016. Since his arrival at Yale in 1992, he served as Director of the Yale Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture, a group of interested Yale faculty, graduate students, and museum professionals who meet weekly during the semester for presentations on the theme of that academic year. 

Emily Erikson

Joseph C. Fox Academic Director of the Fox International Fellowship Associate Professor of Sociology and, by courtesy, School of Management

Emily Erikson is the Joseph C. Fox Academic Director of the Fox International Fellowship and associate professor of sociology and the school of management (by courtesy). She works on the emergence and development of global networks, organizations, and the institutions of capitalism and democracy. Her award-winning book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company (Princeton University Press, 2014) shows how the autonomy of agents in the East India Company fostered informal information sharing and organizational flexibility that were key to the Company’s long-term success.

Her work has appeared in the American Journal of SociologyAnnual Review of SociologySociology TheoryThe Journal of Economic History, and Social Science History, among others. She serves on the council for the economic sociology section of the American Sociological Association, the editorial board for Social Science History, the editorial committee for the Relational Sociology Series. She is a founding member of the advisory board for the Journal of Historical Network Research and sits of the executive council of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate. 

Michael Farina

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian

Michael Farina is a Senior Lector I of Italian. His studies focus on Italian Language Pedagogy and Italian Medieval & Renaissance Literature. With the inner eye, his interests (and beating heart!) reside with Dante, the Humanists, and Torquato Tasso; with the other (and each exhaled breath) he focuses on teaching Italian as best he can, enthralled by the innovative uses of technology in second language acquisition.

Before coming to Yale, Michael taught for the University of Connecticut, where he founded the Outreach Program to High School Students of Italian. For Duke University he founded their Italian Language Program at ICCS in Rome, and for Trinity College, he served as Residential Dean. In addition to teaching Italian at Yale, Michael currently serves on the Executive Council of the National Italian American Foundation, the Executive Council of The UNICO Foundation, and the Executive Board of Pomfret School (his alma mater). Michael is also involved with many local charities, and is proud to serve as the Fundraising Chair of the Manchester Breast Cancer Screening Program.

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

Head of Printed Acquisitions, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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

Sourav Ghosh

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Basie Gitlin

Director of Development, Yale University Library

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. 

Emily Gordon

Associate Director, Media Relations and Faculty Research, Yale School of Management

I care about words, people, ideas, and how they meet in person and online. In recent years, that’s taken the form of communications for academic institutions, advertising agencies, publishers, and nonprofits. My roots are in media and journalism. I’ve been on the editorial staffs of numerous magazines, and my writing about culture, design, and technology has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Print, The Nation, The Toronto Globe & Mail, The Washington Post, SXSW World, Curbed LA, Time Out Chicago, Salon, and The Village Voice. I have an MFA in writing and am working on a nonfiction book.

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.

Raul Guzman

Surgeon-in-Chief, Vascular Surgery, Surgery

Dr. Guzman is Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is also Surgeon-in-Chief, Vascular Surgery, Heart and Vascular Center for the Yale New Haven Health System. He came to Yale from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to Boston, he spent the early portion of his career at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee where he served for several years as Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Nashville VA Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After completing his residency in general surgery, he undertook research training in the Cardiology Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and subsequently completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Stanford University Hospital. He currently serves as a permanent member of the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section of the NIH. His clinical interests relate to patients with diabetic vascular disease and ischemic foot ulcers. His research focuses on the role of arterial calcification in lower extremity ischemia.

Paul Kennedy

J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Director of International Security Studies at Yale, and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy

Paul Kennedy coordinates the ISS programs funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. He is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues.

In 1991, he edited a collection entitled Grand Strategies in War and Peace. He helped draft the Ford Foundation-sponsored report issued in 1995, The United Nations in Its Second Half-Century, which was prepared for the fiftieth anniversary of the UN. His 2006 book The Parliament of Men contemplates the past and future of the United Nations. Prof. Kennedy’s most recent book Engineers of Victory, history through the eyes of problem-solvers during the Second World War, was published in 2013. He is currently writing a book about seapower and global transformations during World War Two.

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.

Bluma Lesch

Assistant Professor of Genetics

luma (Bibi) Lesch works on the genetics and epigenetics of reproduction and development, with a special interest in the evolution of epigenetic and chromatin states in mammals. Understanding the evolution of gene regulation in gametes requires integrating information across a wide range of biological scales, from the regulation of molecules to the development of individuals to the evolution of species. Dr. Lesch’s work brings together these divergent approaches to thinking about biology.

Dr. Lesch earned her B.S. from Yale University in 2003. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2010 from Rockefeller University and her M.D. in 2011 from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, MA, from 2011-2017, where she was awarded an NIH Kirschstein postdoctoral fellowship and also named a Hope Funds for Cancer Research postdoctoral fellow. She received a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists in 2015, and returned to New Haven to join the Yale faculty in 2017.

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

Director of Graduate Studies for the Earth and Planetary Sciences department

I am an observational seismologist who works on problems related to mantle dynamics, with a focus on subduction zone processes, the structure and evolution of continental lithosphere, and the dynamics of the deep mantle. My research group uses observations of seismic anisotropy in the Earth’s mantle to address major unsolved problems from the lithosphere to the core-mantle boundary. In particular, we work on the dynamics of subduction systems, using seismic observations and geodynamic models to understand subduction geodynamics, including volatile cycling, the generation and transport of melt, and slab morphology, rheology, and evolution. We also investigate seismic anisotropy in the deep mantle, including the transition zone, uppermost lower mantle, and the core-mantle boundary region. 

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.

Yair Minsky

Professor of Mathematics

Yair Nathan Minsky is an Israeli-American mathematician whose research concerns three-dimensional topology, differential geometry, group theory and holomorphic dynamics. He is known for having proved Thurston’s ending lamination conjecture and as a student of curve complex geometry.

Isemene Petrakis

Professor of Psychiatry

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).

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.

Mary Beth Raycraft-Guzman

Assistant Director of Language Instruction

Mary Beth taught French language, civilization, and literature at Vanderbilt University. She directed the Vanderbilt Study Abroad Program in Aix-en-Provence and also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in French. She enjoys teaching all levels of French, with a special interest in connections with other disciplines, including French for the Professions. In addition to teaching French, Mary Beth is Assistant Director of Language Instruction and offers advising related to foreign language placement, proficiency evaluation, and transfer and study abroad credit. Her research focuses on 19th-century French women travelers to the United States.

David Rosen

Clinical Visiting Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School

David Rosen has taken on complex individual and class action cases against corporations, governmental entities and insurance companies. David’s cases set benchmarks for Connecticut’s highest personal injury verdict and wrongful death recovery, and the nation’s largest employment discrimination recovery against a municipality; his cases also have established important legal precedents including appellate rulings holding Connecticut’s jury selection system unconstitutional and preserving the rights of victims of employment discrimination. David has been listed in the peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers in America for over 25 years in numerous categories, including among others Personal Injury Law, Appellate Law, Business Litigation, and Labor and Employment Law. In 2010 Best Lawyers in America identified him as its first Appellate Lawyer of the year for New Haven, and in 2011 its Labor and Employment Lawyer of the year for New Haven.

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.

Jim Silk

Binger Clinical Faculty Chair in Human Rights at the Yale Law School

James J. Silk is the Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights at Yale Law School, where he directs the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He is also director of the Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.

Katerina Simons

Lecturer in Economics

Albert Sinusas

Professor of Medicine, Cardiology

Albert J. Sinusas, M.D., FACC, FAHA is Professor of Medicine (Section of Cardiovascular Medicine) and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, at Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of the Yale Translational Research Imaging Center (Y-TRIC), and Director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Yale New Haven Hospital. He received a BS degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MD degree at University of Vermont, College of Medicine, and completed training in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma, and training in cardiology and nuclear cardiology at the University of Virginia. He joined the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine in 1990 where he has remained.Dr. Sinusas has served as a standing member of the Clinical and Integrated Cardiovascular Sciences (CICS) and Medical Imaging (MEDI) study sections of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sinusas has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cardiovascular Council (CVC) of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), and the SNM Molecular Imaging Center of Excellence (MICoE), and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. 

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). 

Vinod Srihari

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Srihari’s clinical and research interests are focused on the evaluation and treatment of individuals with psychotic disorders. He directs a clinic that provides a specialized model of care to individuals who are early in the course of a psychotic disorder. The clinic for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP, www.step.yale.edu) is based at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven. In 2015, the program initiated a population health campaign to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) in 10 surrounding towns. The campaign, titled MindMap (www.mindmapct.org), uses social & mass media, outreach and detailing of a variety of professionals (educators, police, consumer/youth organizations, clinicians) to shorten pathways to care for youth and families confronting the recent onset of a psychotic illness.

Jason Strong

Associate Athletic Director, Compliance at the Yale Athletic Department

Jason Strong oversees of the Athletics Compliance Office, education and monitoring, amateurism, recruiting processes, and waiver requests of Ivy League and NCAA regulations.

Strong has sport oversight over Yale’s gymnastics, rowing and squash programs and serves as a member of Yale Athletics’ Education & Workshops Committee.

Prior to Yale, Strong served as the assistant athletic director for compliance at Oregon State University from 2014-2018. His responsibilities at OSU included education and monitoring, personnel, amateurism, recruiting processes, playing and practice season schedules, and writing waiver requests at both the Pac-12 Conference and NCAA levels.

Strong spent four years as the director of compliance at Boston University of the Patriot League from 2010-2014.  While at Boston University, Strong helped the Terriers’ transition from the America East Conference to the Patriot League. He was responsible for all NCAA and league compliance interpretations.

Gerald Torres

Professor of Environmental Justice and Professor of Law

A pioneer in the field of environmental law, Torres has spent his career examining the intrinsic connections between the environment, agricultural and food systems, and social justice. His research into how race and ethnicity impact environmental policy has been influential in the emergence and evolution of the field of environmental justice. His work also includes the study of conflicts over resource management between Native American tribes, states, and the federal government.

Previously, Torres taught at Cornell Law School, the University of Texas Law School, and the University of Minnesota Law School, serving as an associate dean at both. He is also a former president of the Association of American Law Schools and served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton administration. 

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 staff writer for The Atlantic. His book The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State (Random House, 2017) was a Foreign Affairs “Best Book of the Year” and won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, and Arabic.

Wood was the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (2015-2016), a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House (2018), and a lecturer at The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He is a non-resident fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has taught at Yale since 2014.

Weimin Zhong

Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Dr. Zhong earned his PhD at Rockefeller University. His current interests are in the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern the behavior of stem cells, in particular how they balance the needs for self-renewal and differentiation during mammalian organogenesis and tissue maintenance. 

Zhong’s laboratory studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing how stem cells balance the competing needs of self-renewal and differentiation during mammalian organogenesis and tissue maintenance. He uses the mammalian Numb proteins, Numb and Numblike (Numbl), as entry point, and neurogenesis in the developing neocortex and mammary gland development in mice as model systems, to probe the contribution of two modes of cell division – symmetric vs. asymmetric – in regulating stem cell behavior, in particular how changes in cell division pattern affect organ development, tissue regeneration and tumor formation, as part of an effort to achieve a key goal of stem-cell research to repair tissues and organs damaged by disease, injury or aging.