Simply put, I study cities - why do they look the way they do and the politics of urban development. More broadly, as the Government concentration adviser, I am thrilled to chat about anything political science-y. Away from the books, my loves include rowing. Look out for the return of the Agassiz Cup. Protect the Plate, Capture the Cup!
I’m grateful to return to Eliot House this year with my high school sweetheart Nedra. We both hail from North Carolina, where we love our sweet tea, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and N.C. Bar-B-Que. My southern heritage also means that I’m never too busy for a chat, wherever or whenever our paths cross. As a college student, I spent four years criss-crossing the campuses of two fierce rivals, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University as Roberston scholar. I spent my summers teaching in rural Mississippi, volunteering at the Ministry of Public Health in Argentina, doing research here at Harvard and trying to learn flamenco guitar in Spain, culminating in a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2007. After a youthful fling with astrophysics, I began researching the physical properties of mucus and human lung cilia to better understand Cystic Fibrosis. After these research experiences I was hooked on using science to make the world a better place.
California native (and fan of the ocean, the Dodgers and the Cal Bears), I am a PhD student in the English department, completing a dissertation about medieval poems that retell Bible stories. With Timnah, I live in B-13, where you are always welcome!
Hi Eliot, I was originally born in Romania but grew up for most of my life in Montreal, speaking French. I hope this explains any occasional pronunciation quirks. I am currently an MD/PhD student in my third year (first year of PhD). My research is focused on deciphering the genes govern cell fate decisions during differentiation. Having been fascinated by science throughout my childhood, it is really a pleasure to spend all my creative energy working on these questions. I have first-hand experience of how great Eliot can be: I won the housing lottery in 2009 and lived in Eliot during my time at Harvard College (class of 2012).
Just like my degree straddles science and medicine, I get to be part of both the premedical and science tutor squads. You will see me at all Premedical Committee events, as well as various science events, particularly the Lab@Eliot, our informal gathering to share our research.
I’m very excited to serve as a resident tutor. I’m a Nigerian born, London (England) raised, postdoctoral researcher working in the field of wearable sensors at the Harvard Wyss Institute since early 2016. Having left London at 16 to attend boarding school in the North of Scotland, I subsequently moved to the south England to study at the University of Bristol, where I obtained my Masters and Doctoral degrees. After a brief pause to do volunteer work in Bangladesh, I moved to Switzerland to complete my first postdoc at EPFL, where I stayed for 3 years. My passions include dancing, applied research, technology transfer, general life adventuring, and Christian spirituality. I look forward to discussing these and more with you!
G’day, Eliot! I’m an attorney from Melbourne, Australia, a PhD candidate in law at the University of Sydney, and a research fellow in the Harvard government department (FAS, not Kennedy). I work in comparative asylum and immigration law, and have recently begun research in freedom of religion. Aside from law related things, I love yoga, cheesy romantic comedies, spending time with my family Down Under and with Eliotites in the Domus d'hall.
Greetings Domus! I’m Jimmy and I’ll be working to set new records this for year for “that guy who just graduated and you’re not quite sure why he’s still around.” I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA and am still learning how to dress for a Boston winter (I think it is a lifelong struggle). I just graduated from Eliot in May and am thrilled to be working as a nonresident tutor here this year. At Harvard, I studied Social Studies and English and am happy to advise about course and concentration selection, thesis preparation, and navigating the various departments. I focused on education reform and policy particularly issues of racial and socioeconomic segregation in American urban school districts. As a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), I became well acquainted with the ins-and-outs of Harvard academic and social life, so please reach out if you have any questions about academic or extracurricular life on campus.
Hi Eliot House! I'm Ben and I'm excited to join the Eliot community this year alongside my blockmate (and wife!) Lianna. Originally from Pittsburgh, I graduated from Lowell House in 2010 with a Physics degree and a secondary field in Astrophysics. In college I directed THUD, led FOP, and gave lessons on how to use the Science Center telescope with STAHR. After graduation I worked as a product engineer at a start-up in New York called ThinkEco, fiddling with circuits, CAD models, and code. Then I came back to Harvard for business school from 2013-2015, focusing on tech strategy and product management. Now I'm a product manager at Bose, where I create new wireless speaker concepts and shepherd them through all the stages of product design, engineering, marketing, and launch.
When I was in college I was interested in the wider world of jobs outside consulting / finance / medicine / law / grad school, but I had no idea where to start -- so if that's you, come talk to me! Get in touch anytime to discuss career advice, start-ups, business school, the 2+2 program, travel tips, the Boston/Bay-Area/NYC tech scenes, music, cosmic perspective, the Awesome Foundation, or anything else at all. To schedule an appointment, go to https://calendly.com/eliotjobs/ben/.
Resident Tutor Engineering, Biology, Fellowships, Graduate School
In addition to being a fellowships and science tutor, I host weekly music hour, where we listen to vinyl records of classical music and eat cheese. My favorite composers are Rachmaniniov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Chopin, Ravel, though music hours are not limited to their works. I was raised in South Korea and North Carolina. I recently finished my PhD in Systems Biology and currently taking a few months off to work on independent writing projects. My research areas have included evolutionary biology, computational biology/genomics, synthetic biology, and drug delivery. I also enjoy working abroad and learning new languages.
Resident Tutor Public Health, Psychology Sophomore Advising Coordinator
Hi Eliot! I’m thrilled to be joining the House this year alongside my husband, Steven, and our one year old son Riley. I grew up in Rhode Island, and have called Boston/Cambridge home for the past 4 years. I received a BA in Psychology before shifting gears and getting a masters of public health. My public health focus is on developing optimal defaults for healthy eating, physical activity, and environmentally sound practices. Currently, I’m home full-time with Riley, so you’ll likely see a lot of us (in the dining hall, in the courtyard, by the River, or out and about in Cambridge). Please feel free to come up and say hi to talk about psychology, public health, sophomore advising, house and college life in general, or Curious George (Riley is a big fan). I’m excited to get to know you all!
Hello Eliot! I am Steven Felix, a 4th-year graduate student in Psychology, and I’m SUPER excited to be a new tutor to Eliot House. I’m originally from Los Angeles (Downey), and then I went away to that-school-in-New-Haven, where I majored in Psychology, rode on the cycling team, and met my (now) wife, Heather. Since then I’ve spent time working in the mental health field, in child abuse prevention research, and now in relationship research. I am fascinated with how our social relationships get under our skin to improve or detract from our mental and physical health. But there are also lots of other things I love – running/cycling/being active, baking (I left grad-school for a bit to consider becoming a bread baker!), and hearing about all the crazy and amazing things that you Eliotites are doing. You will probably see me and Heather a lot in the dining hall or out in the courtyard playing with our son, Riley. He likes meeting new people and finding new friends to play with, so don’t hesitate to come to say hi if you see us!
Hello Eliot! I’m a computational social scientist working on a PhD in Sociology, and in the house I advise on fellowships and the social sciences. I made way to sociology through interdisciplinary degrees that can be distilled into psychology and computer science, and most of my research pre-Harvard was focused on higher education policy at the intersections of economics, psychology and education. I worked in a range of industries before making my way to Harvard, but now I spend most of my day in front of a computer, so I am nearly always happy to chat (seriously, come talk to me!), whether about important life decisions or the newest internet meme.
"Hi Eliot! Born and raised in Michigan, I am quite comfortable surviving Boston winters and can help outfit you in some serviceable, albeit not so attractive, winter wear. I attended Johns Hopkins University for undergrad, where I met my husband, Steven, while auditioning for an acappella group. After a few years apart while I went to University of Michigan Medical School, we were fortunate to find residencies together in Boston. I have completed a residency in anesthesiology and am currently an interventional pain fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Please feel free to stop by to chat, and meet the newest member of our family, Ethan :)"
Hello hello! My name is Lianna (rhymes with "banana") and I am so happy to be joining the Eliot house community with my brand new husband (and blockmate, shh...) Ben! I'm originally from a tiny town in upstate NY (Paradox, population 30) and I graduated from Lowell House in 2010 with a degree in psychology and neuroscience. After college I spent time in NYC as an ABA therapist at a school for children with autism. I just graduated from Brown Medical School and am so excited to be starting my residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at the MGH/McLean program. I love dessert, MarioKart (N64 only), piano sing-a-long jam sessions, painting, soccer, frisbee, organic chemistry, fighting impostor syndrome, and all things mental health. One of my favorite activities is hearing peoples' stories, so come find me in the dining hall and tell me about your life!
Resident Tutor Cambridge Public Schools Middle School Network Coordinator
Hi Eliot House! My husband Jesse and I are excited to join the community this year. I'm originally from Chicago, and I've spent the last ten years in Boston working in social justice education, mentoring non profits and the local public schools. After working as a middle school guidance counselor and after school director in schools in Mattapan and Dorchester, I'm now working for Cambridge Public Schools leading a city-wide initiative to support access and equity for middle school youth. I graduated from Wesleyan University (where I met my husband Jesse!) in 2006 and then Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2014 with a Masters in Education (Prevention Science and Practice - designing interventions for youth). I'm looking forward to returning to the Harvard campus and the vibrant life of students, including singing in Kuumba and being part of a community where people with many viewpoints come together. I also love to cook delicious, interesting and spicy food, recently completed my first triathlon, and have been known to curl up with a book or spend spend time dreaming up art projects - Jesse and I are firm believers in nap time and recess for people of all ages!