Graduate Affiliates

Joshua Altman


Josh is a third-year student at Yale Law School and hails from Armonk, NY. He graduated from Yale College in 2017. At YLS, Josh serves as the Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He spent last summer interning at the U.S. Department of Justice and is spending this summer as a summer associate at a law firm.

Michael Avi-Yonah


Michael is entering his final year at Yale Law School, where he edits the Yale Law Journal. In his undergraduate career, Michael graduated in the top 5% of his class at Harvard, making him a John Harvard Scholar. After Harvard, he spent time at Oxford University, where he got his masters degree. Michael is passionate about social justice, having worked with non-profit legal organizations such as the Public Rights Project and Equal Justice America.

Hannah Batchelor

Medicine - MD-PhD Program

Hello! I am a second year MD-PhD student. Originally from Michigan, I graduated from Michigan State University in 2016. Afterwards, I spent two wonderful years in Baltimore as a postbac at the NIH. I am currently completing my second year of medical school and will start grad school in Fall 2020. For my PhD I will be joining Jess Cardin’s lab in the neuroscience department where I will use cutting edge imaging techniques to study neural circuits in the mouse visual cortex and their effects on behavior. Currently my clinical interests lie primarily within psychiatric disorders, particularly substance use disorders. 
Outside of school you can find me baking, playing with my new, adorable pet rats, traveling, sipping coffee, thrift shopping, and relaxing with close friends. 
I am excited to get to know you and hope you will reach out if anything I mentioned above resonates with you. I am always happy to chat! 

Jesse Bryant

Graduate School - School of the Environment

Jesse is a Doctoral Student studying with Dr. Justin Farrell at the Yale School of the Environment whose interests lie at the intersection of media, governance, and the environment. Here at Yale, he works between the School of the Environment, the Center for Cultural Sociology, and the Digital Humanities Lab. 

What — white nationalism, ecofascism, online influencers, environmental extremism, environmental photography and video, and recreation.

How — a combination of computational machine and deep learning techniques and actually talking to real people in real life in a systematic way. These techniques derive verifiable epistemological authority through a diversified set of science and humanities methods.

He is also a pragmatist, in the sense of good knowledge coming from real lived experience. With this in mind, he keeps employment while completing his Ph.D. in the form of political campaign and policy, and teaching in various forms. 

Tyrone DeSpenza

Medicine - MD-PhD Program

Tyrone is from New Orleans, so he spends most Sundays watching the Saints, the best football team.  He studied Neuroscience and was a member of the Varsity Track team as a an undergraduate at Dartmouth College.  He is now a 2nd year MD/PhD student in Neuroscience at YSM, and is interested in understanding the molecular genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders. Feel free to contact Tyrone to meet for med school/premed advice over coffee, going out for a run, or watching sports, especially the Saints.

Jeff Duncan

Medicine - MD-PhD Program

I’m a first year MD/PhD student and graduate of Haverford College. At Haverford, I studied biology and ran cross country and track. After graduating, I did infectious disease research at Harvard Medical School and Uniformed Services University. When I’m not in the lab or library, I love to run long distances, play board games, and spend time with my cat. Please feel free to reach out to me by email I’m always interested to talk about to graduate or medical school applications, science, medicine, cats, running, etc.!

Suzanne Estrada

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) - Clinical Psychology

I’m a grad student in clinical psychology and Davenport alum (class of 2016), and it’s been great to be part of the Dport family for 8 years now! As part of my PhD, I study how traumatic events lead to violent and aggressive behavior and administer therapy in English and Spanish. 
Outside of clinical psych and research, I love soccer, reality TV, and pop culture. I also studied abroad for a semester in undergrad. Please feel free to reach out to chat about the above or anything else that’s on your mind! 

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Medicine - MD-PhD Program

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University in 2016. After 2 years working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, I ultimately decided to pursue an MD-PhD (not the original plan) and ended up at Yale. I’m an MS2, which means I have one more year of med school classes and hospital rotations before Fall 2020 when I’ll start my PhD in Neuroscience in Dr. Ellen Hoffman’s lab. My research interests are primarily neurodevelopment, genetics, and psychiatry, but I’m still exploring!
Outside of school, I’m very into salsa dancing, writing, mental health, theater, working out, biking, hiking, quality time with friends, podcasts, and solo travel.
Please email me any time if you’re interested in med/grad school, MD-PhD programs, neuroscience, women’s issues, hobbies, happiness, or anything else! I’m more than happy to grab a meal or coffee and talk or give any advice/wisdom I may pretend to have. 

Elijah Fromm

Graduate School - Mathematics

Elijah is a graduate student at the Department of Mathematics at Yale. When he’s not solving problems, the Kansas City native likes to stay up to date on and discuss politics.

Seunghwa Han

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - American Studies

Seunghwa joined Yale’s American Studies PhD program in 2019. Her research concerns Asian American and transpacific literary and visual culture. She has an MA in American Studies from Yale and a BA in English and International Relations from Stanford University.

She is also interested in journalism, having interned at both AAWW (Asian American Writer’s Workshop) and The Nation.

Kelly Hernandez


Hello everyone! I’m a student at the law school originally from Santa Cruz, CA. I graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology in 2016. After college, I was a Public Interest Law Fellow in L.A. and was later a Policy Fellow in D.C. where I worked on education equity and economic justice issues. Most recently, I worked at the ACLU’s National Voting Rights Project, where I was a part of a litigation team that advocated before the Supreme Court. Outside of school, I love mentoring students, listening to podcasts, dancing, singing karaoke, drinking boba and coffee, hiking, and graphite drawing. 
I’m more than happy to talk about navigating these spaces as a QPOC and/or first-gen, law school applications, social justice–anything else on your mind! Please consider me a resource! 

Eve Houghton

Graduate School - English

I graduated from Davenport in 2017 and did my Master’s degree in Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, and I’m very excited to be back as a graduate affiliate! I’m a PhD student in English studying the literature and culture of early modern England. I also work as a curatorial associate at the Beinecke Library and as a Writing Partner at the Center for Teaching and Learning. I am more than happy to chat about writing, library careers, applying to graduate school, finding the best oat milk flat white in New Haven, etc…please just send me an email!

Chaney Kalinich

Medicine (MD)

I am a current student at the School of Public Health in the 5 year BS/MPH program studying infectious disease epidemiology and mathematical modeling. I currently work in a lab at Yale generating and using genomic data to map the spread of infections and my academic interests are in medicine and emerging infections (especially viruses!). I am a recent Davenport alum (‘19), and as an undergrad played field hockey and was involved in MB&B peer advising. I’m glad I get to stick around Dport for another year!
Outside of academics, I love sports, reading, and music. Reach out if you want to chat about working in labs, MB&B, the 5-year MPH program, infectious diseases, sports, or anything under the sun!

Charlotte Kiechal

Graduate School - History

Charlotte Kiechel is a PhD Candidate in the History Department. Her research examines political uses of the genocide term, its relation to Holocaust memory, and its import within the anti-atrocity battles of the Cold War. Her dissertation, ”The Politics of Comparison: Holocaust Memory and Visions of Third World Suffering, 1957-1985,” investigates the anti-genocide campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s and does so as a means to rethink how historians have traditionally narrated Holocaust memory’s global rise. It argues that claims of national self-determination were central to Holocaust memory’s mid-twentieth century proliferation. It also unveils the role that members of the Global South played in this story of global diffusion. Her broader research interests include: comparative colonialism, human rights, and political-cultural responses to mass atrocity.

Kiechel earned her B.A. from Williams College and has received her M.A. and M.Phil degrees from Yale. She has been a recipient of the Fulbright fellowship, and her work has been supported by international research institutions such as the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, DAAD, and the Max Weber Foundation. In 2019, she was a Fox Fellow to the Institut d’´Études Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris.

At Yale, she has organized the International History Workshop and the Modern European History colloquium. She has also previously served as a graduate affiliate to Davenport College, a McDougal Fellow to the Office of Career Strategy, and tutor for the Yale College Writing Center.

She hails from New York and spent part of her childhood in Brussels.

Jonathan Klein

Medicine - MD-PhD Program

Jonathan originally hails from California and attended University of California, Davis completing degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, Jon worked for several years at University of California, San Francisco working in the laboratory of Dr. Leor Weinberger before accepting a position in the MD/PhD program at the Yale School of Medicine. Jon is currently conducting his PhD research in SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Akiko Iwasaki.


Robert Larose


Robert is a third-year student at Yale Law School from Waconia, MN. Robert spends a lot of his time helping those in need, both through the legal and through direct action. He was a board member for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven, and last summer he interned for the Public Defender’s Office in D.C.

Adela Lilollari


Adela is a Davenport College alumni and majored in Ethics, Politics, and Economics during her time in Yale undergrad. She’s originally from Albania, but has lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for most of her life. Before serving as President, she was the Yale Debate team’s tournament coordinator and she has helped coach the Yale Debate Association. Apart from debate, Adela likes to read, binge watch bad reality tv shows, and binge watch good reality TV shows.

Eleanor Martin

Graduate School - Classics and History

Eleanor is a second-year student in the combined program in Classics and History. She graduated with a BA in Literae Humaniores from Brasenose College, Oxford in 2019. Originally from Rhode Island, she is happy to be back in New England after her time in the UK. 
She is interested in the socio-cultural history of the eastern half of the Roman Empire, focusing particularly on ideologies of gender, marriage, and religion and their intersections. Committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the ancient world, she is involved in the Archaia qualification and has worked as a graduate curatorial intern at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Paul Meosky


I am currently a student at Yale Law School. I previously worked for two years consulting in the defense, government, and nonprofit sectors as part of the Booz Allen Innovation Delivery Team. I have my MPhil in 18c and Romantic Studies from Cambridge, which I attended as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and my AB in English from Harvard.

Fernando Quiroz


Hi Davenport College! My name is Fernando and I’m currently a  student at the law school. I grew up in Las Vegas, NV and Monterey, CA and attended Cornell University, where I studied Government and International Relations. I spent a year abroad in London and later worked in New York City as a paralegal. I’m currently hoping to pursue a career in either immigration or criminal law. Beyond school, I’m very interested in politics, film, and architecture. I’m looking forward to getting to know many of you over the course of the school year. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about literally anything. I’m happy to be a resource and help out in any way possible!

B. Rey


My name is B., and I’m a second-year student at the law school. I graduated from Yale College, where I majored in Global Affairs and took a semester off to work with the ACLU’s National Security Project. After college, I worked on policy advocacy (chiefly state legislative reform on issues of juvenile justice, child welfare, and policing) for several years. My academic and professional interests include immigration, criminal defense, and privacy issues. In law school, I am on the boards of FGP, the org for first-generation students, and OutLaws, the org for LGBTQ+ students. I also love hiking, climbing, and baking.
Happy to talk law school, time off in college, navigating being first-gen and/or queer in these spaces, legislative reform work, or anything else. 

Sylvia Ryerson

American Studies

Sylvia Ryerson received her B.A. from Wesleyan University with High Honors in American Studies and Music. Prior to graduate school she worked as an independent radio producer and as the director of public affairs programming for Appalshop, a media arts and education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky. There she co-directed Appalshop/WMMT-FM’s Hip Hop from the Hilltop & Calls from Home, a nationally recognized weekly radio program broadcasting music and toll-free phone messages from family members to their loved ones incarcerated and Making Connections News, a multimedia storytelling project documenting efforts for a just transition from coal extraction. Her research questions build from this work, and are rooted at the intersection of scholarship, activism and art. In collaboration with community organizer and artist Luis Luna, she currently co-produces Melting the ICE / Derritiendo el Hielo, a bilingual radio show/podcast sharing testimonies and strategies against ICE detention and deportation. The show broadcasts locally on WPKN-FM 89.5 and WKCR-FM 89.9, reaching four of the largest ICE detention centers in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly, the Boston ReviewThe Marshall Project, Critical Resistance’s The Abolitionist newspaper, the Third Coast International Audio Festival, on NPR, the BBC, and other outlets. She is a founding member of the Racial Capitalism and the Carceral State working group at Yale and is a member of the American Studies Association’s Critical Prison Studies Caucus.

Claudia See

Medicine (MD)

Claudia See is second-year medical student and aspiring cardiologist. She is interested in exploring the different faiths.

She is Christian and her extended family is Buddhist. She grew up immersed in two different faiths in my family, and she thought that it would be interesting to discover more about faith, and also to learn how to engage in perspectives outside of her own.

Anna Vinton

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) - Ecology

Originally from Colorado, I’m a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. My research broadly focuses on developing theory to improve the management of natural systems. I have a background in pure mathematics, and I’ve studied a range of systems from birds, to african cichlids, to bacteria. If you have any questions about my field of research, graduate school or anything else feel free to reach out to me!