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.
I am thrilled to be rejoining the Eliot community as a non-res tutor! I graduated from our dear Domus in 2012 and have been living near Davis Square working as a product manager for the life sciences division of Corning Incorporated (some of you might be familiar with my company's best known product: Gorilla Glass, which is the cover glass that protects your iPhones, iPads, Android devices, etc.)
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.
Domus! I’m a graduate student in the department of Human Evolutionary Biology. I do fieldwork in the Turkana Basin, northern Kenya, and use fossils and isotope geochemistry to study the ecology of our ancestors. When not in Kenya, I’m working in the Peabody Museum on campus here, or hanging out at Eliot! Besides studying human origins, I also love being outdoors, reading and talking about poetry or good books, keeping up with the news, and cooking.
"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!
Resident Tutor - Public Service Manager of Student Development and Evaluation - Phillips Brooks House
Jesse Leavitt has been a part of the Phillips Brooks House for over five years. He manages the Trainer Corps for over 60 student and alumni-led workshops each year, and connects students to community and development opportunities through Public Service Academy and the STRIDE program. Jesse administers PBHA’s database and evaluation, coaches students and staff on inquiry and strategic innovation processes, and manages a Data Team dedicated to improving systems and programming through outcome measurement. Before his time at the Phillips Brooks House, he worked at Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) and Citizen Schools via Americorps. He has has been working in public service since he grew up in upstate New York. Jesse enjoys skiing, baseball, working with his hands, hip hop and brass band music, and being a loving husband (to Annie, also a tutor), son, friend, and brother.
Hi everyone! I’m Nicole – a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology here at Harvard and a new non-resident tutor at Eliot House. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and attended college just down the road at Tufts University. I started graduate school at Harvard in 2012 and am now in my third year. My research focuses on psychological disorders that sometimes arise following stressful life events (e.g. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are considering a future career in psychology or another mental health profession and have questions!
My name is Nedra Massenburg and I am one of the Race Relations tutors here in Eliot house, advising in the areas of Economics and Education. After working as a charter school teacher for two years, I currently teach mathematics at the MATCH Charter Public School across the river in Boston. Feel free to drop my N entryway anytime; my husband and I are always game for cooking southern foods, running, talking education reform, basketball, and The Wire. Unless of course, you are a Duke fan...