Emile Aguirre, Intramurals & Wellness Tutor
Email: eaguirre [at] g.harvard.edu
Hello! I’m so excited to be joining Dunster this fall as a Resident Tutor. I am a second-year doctoral student in Health Policy & Management studying social enterprises and mergers and acquisitions in the healthy food sector. I am originally from sunny San Diego and did my undergrad at Princeton in Sociology and Spanish and Portuguese. After graduation I lived in the Dominican Republic working for a non-profit and then moved up to Cambridge to get my JD from HLS. After law school, I went to (the other) Cambridge on a Fulbright to research food and public health law and policy. I loved it so much I stayed for 3.5 years. I then moved to LA to work in food law and policy at UCLA Law before finding my way back to Boston once again. I love all things sports, sushi, yoga, food (not surprisingly!), and exploring Boston and New England. I can’t wait to get to know you all!
Princess Daisy Akita, Pre-Law & Intramurals Tutor
Hello Dunsterites! I’m thrilled to be joining Dunster this year. My name is Princess Daisy (I often go by PD), and I’m a second year JD student at HLS. I graduated in 2015 from Harvard College as an applied math concentrator, having moved to Cambridge from Accra, Ghana, via New Mexico. Prior to law school, I worked as an Associate with BCG in New York, and then as a Corporate Strategist with Microsoft in Washington DC. During my undergraduate years, I lived in Kirkland House, and was involved with HASA, The Seneca, PBHA, Kuumba, and the Marathon Challenge. Off campus, I explored my interest in global health advocacy through work in Brazil, Tanzania, and Kenya. At HLS, I work as student attorney at Harvard Defenders, where I represent clients in criminal show-cause hearings. I also work with the Dean of Students through Student Government to support extra-curricular life at HLS. Long-term, I hope to combine my interest in business, technology, and law in a career that impacts the world’s poorest populations. I am also learning to play the guitar, albeit at a snail’s pace… I would love to chat about LSAT prep, law, business, tech, global health, navigating Harvard as an international student, or anything, really. I’m excited to get to know you!
Jordan Anderson, Pre-Med Chair & Fellowships Tutor
Hi, it’s great to be returning to Dunster as a fourth year Tutor. I was a graduate of Harvard Medical School in 2018 and am now a first-year resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I’m interested in cardiology, healthcare delivery, and innovation. I grew up in the blue ridge mountains of Roanoke, Virginia and attended Auburn University for college where I studied biomedical sciences and spent a lot of time training and competing for the varsity swim team. In between college and medical school, I studied medical anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and worked at a start-up healthcare company in Nashville, Tennessee. In particular, I work with Dunster students who are interested in applying to medical school and fellowships, but I also love having long dining hall conversations about sports, politics, barbecue, and whatever TV show you happen to be watching. My wife (Katie) and I live on the fifth floor, so we will probably be the overly chatting people on the elevator!!
Katie Anderson, Fellowships & Pre-Med Tutor
Hi y’all! I am really pumped to be a Tutor at Dunster this year. I am originally from Nashville and graduated from Auburn University in 2010 with a B.S. in Biomedical Science (WAR EAGLE!). I met Jordan during college and we moved to England two weeks after getting married. Jordan and I lived in Oxford for two years where I worked for the Rhodes Trust in the Development office. After we got our fair share of tea and rain, we moved back to Nashville where I attended Physician Assistant school. I now work as a PA in surgical breast oncology. Besides medicine, I also love running, making salsa, and exploring Boston and the New England region. I look forward to getting to know each of you!
Nirisi Angulo, Art Room & Pre-Law Tutor
Hey Dunster. I am happy to be one of your pre-law Resident Tutors. I grew up in Los Angeles and attained my B.A. with a major in history and a minor in political science from UCLA. After undergrad, I took four years off and a majority of that time was spent working for the County of Los Angeles. I recently graduated from UMKC School of Law where I was published in the UMKC Law Review and the Urban Lawyer. During my time in law school, I spent one year on the staff of the law review, one year as the research editor for Urban Lawyer, and I was on the ABA negotiation team for my school. I also worked for H&R Block Tax Institute for two tax seasons and volunteered for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. I also participated in many campus organizations. I recently moved to Boston to be with my partner Gregory. I enjoy jogging, listening to podcasts, and cooking. Please feel free to contact me to talk about anything related to law school, taking time off before grad school, to chat about college life, or if you have any tax related questions.
Marino Auffant, Public Service, Fellowships, & Languages Tutor
Email: mauffant [at] g.harvard.edu
Hello everyone! My name is Marino and I am thrilled to join Dunster as a History and International Resident Tutor. I am originally from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and was a History concentrator at Harvard – as well as a proud Dunster resident! As an undergrad, I spent quite a bit of time learning languages such as Russian, Arabic and Persian, and spending summers in Moscow, Seoul and Istanbul. Upon graduation, I worked for the Dominican government, and went on for my Master’s in Public Administration in France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration. I then worked in strategy consulting in Paris for a couple of years – doing all kinds of sectors such as energy, public services, private equity, automotive and financial services. After this corporate detour, I am thrilled to come back to Harvard and Dunster for my PhD in History! I look forward to meeting you all, and to all the great conversations to come!
Khin-Kyemon Aung, Pre-Med, Race Relations, & Public Service Tutor
Hi Dunster! My name is Khin and I’m a third year MD/MBA student at HMS and HBS. I’m thrilled to be joining the Dunster community as a Resident Tutor this year, and I’m really looking forward to meeting you. A bit about me—I was born in Myanmar, but grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. I attended Harvard for undergrad, studying Human Evolutionary Biology and Global Health and Health Policy (class of 2014). After graduation, I took a gap year and worked at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in Baltimore, focusing on implementing new healthcare payment and delivery models. My academic interests lie at the intersection of medicine, healthcare management, and policy (i.e. how we can better design systems to improve outcomes and equity), and I’m also very interested in women’s health. Outside of healthcare, I love basketball, tennis, cooking, traveling, music of all
kinds, and watching TV and movies, especially international shows and film. Please feel free to reach out any time—I’m excited to get to know you!
Rahima Bensaid, Public Service, Culinary, & CARE Tutor
Email: rahimabensaid [at] gmail.com
Hello Dunster! I’m excited to return as a second-year tutor. I manage Finances and Operations at Soliya, an international nonprofit organization that connects university students around the globe through a virtual cross-cultural exchange program. I telecommute, so you’ll often find me speaking into a computer in various corners of the house. I grew up in Fez, Morocco and came to Massachusetts to attend Clark University, where I studied Development and International Relations. I received my MA in International Affairs at Columbia University, where I focused on using statistical methods to assess the impact of social programs. I look forward to helping you with any public service or CARE- related issues, cooking with the culinary team for the Faculty Dean Open Houses, or helping you practice your Arabic or French. Gabriel, Aida and I excited to meet all of you, and our door will always be open to you.
Andrew Chael, Fellowships & BGLTQ Tutor
Email: achael [at] fas.harvard.edu
Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be returning to Dunster this year as a Tutor in Physics, BGLTQ, and Fellowships. I’m originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I was an undergrad at Carleton College, where I majored in Physics and Astronomy with a secondary field in Medieval Studies. I came to Harvard as a graduate student in Physics in 2013. My current research involves simulation of supermassive black hole accretion disks and comparisons to direct observations with the black hole in the center of the galaxy. I’m also passionate about cosmology, architecture, the history and philosophy of science, and BGLTQ representation in the STEM fields. When I’m not working, I spend my free time playing the French horn with the Dudley House Orchestra, baking extravagant desserts, skiing, listening to podcasts on long runs, collecting LPs, and making tea. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!
Brian Claus, Wellness & Library Tutor
Email: bclaus1012 [at] gmail.com
Hi, I’m Brian, and I’m excited to be joining Dunster this year. I’m a lifelong Massachusetts native (Mansfield, MA). I graduated Harvard College in 2014 and now I teach High School Physics and Astronomy at Carver Middle High School. If you’re curious about working in schools I would be happy to talk with you about the options available for teacher education and licensure. In my free time I really enjoy amateur astronomy and camping. I’m a huge fan of any type of Sci-Fi and board-games. Cara and I have a growing collection of games and are looking forward to playing them with you! We’re both really excited to meet all of you!
Gregory Davis, Race Relations & BGLTQ Tutor
Email: gdavis [at] g.harvard.edu
Hi Dunster! I am a Resident Tutor for BGLTQ and Race Relations. I am originally from Detroit, MI, and went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA for undergrad. There I studied psychology before going to law school at UCLA. Here at Harvard, I am a Ph.D. student in African American Studies. I study academic admissions and institutional decision making, so I guarantee that we have something to talk about! When I’m not working, I’m talking about politics, television, or just exploring the Boston area. I look forward to a great and productive school year, with some fun and important conversations along the way.
Marielle DeBlois, Pre-Business & Culinary Tutor
Email: mgdebloisb [at] gmail.com
Hi there everyone! My name is Marielle and I am extremely excited to be joining the Dunster Community as a Resident Tutor! I’m not entirely new to Dunster since I have been living here for the past year with Marino (my husband), but I’m thrilled to be taking on an official role this year! I grew up in Venezuela, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Business. I later moved to Panama to work at Procter & Gamble and I arrived to Boston a few years ago when I came to do my MBA at Babson College. I have worked in both large companies and have had several entrepreneurial projects of my own (which I hope to continue this upcoming year), so if this is something that interests you, I would be happy to help and bounce ideas with you! I also love traveling and exploring the world – I have been lucky enough to visit over 50 countries and to be able to live in 4 of them. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you this year and to all the great conversations we will have!
Clare Duncan, Pre-Law & Music Tutor
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be returning to Dunster as a pre-law Tutor. I’m a student at the law school, and I graduated in 2014 from Harvard College, where I was lucky enough to be a moose. My concentration was Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and most of my time revolved around reading about Islamic law and doing Arabic homework. After graduating, I moved to Cairo, Egypt, for two years, first working and then studying. At HLS, my interests include international law, national security law, and civil rights/liberties. Outside of academics, I’m a musician (flute and voice) and a huge fan of detective fiction–feel free to borrow anything from my complete collection of Agatha Christie books. I’m looking forward to chatting with you about anything and everything, so please don’t hesitate to say hi!
Jennifer Hsiao, Music Tutor
Email: hsiao [at] fas.harvard.edu
Hi Dunster! I’m delighted to be a Dunster Resident Tutor in biology and music. I grew up in Connecticut and did my undergrad at Princeton in chemistry. I did a Master’s at Yale in music performance (violin) and I am now studying melanoma in the Fisher lab for my PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. In my free time, I love to travel, play music (I play classical violin, piano, and organ), and try my hand at new hobbies and activities. Please feel free to come chat to me about anything biology related or otherwise, and let me know if you have ideas for concerts or anything else music-related. I’m so excited to get to know you all and can’t wait to make music with you!
Gabe Koehler-Derrick, Fellowships, Intramurals, & Culinary Tutor
Hello Dunster! I am excited to be returning as the Government Concentration Advisor and to be serving in several other specialty tutor roles. I’m originally from Terre Haute, Indiana. I am a 5th year PhD student in the Government Department, working on my dissertation which examines the legacies of colonial state building in contemporary North Africa. Please get in touch if you want to practice Arabic or Italian, play soccer or watch a game, learn how to make an amazing one-pot pasta sauce, or discuss anything related to the Gov. concentration. Rahima and I are looking forward to getting to know you.
Juliet Musabeyezu, Pre-Med & Race Relations Tutor
My name is Juliet Musabeyezu, and I am a medical student at HMS. I am from the ever sunny Kigali, Rwanda but spent part of my life in Johannesburg, South Africa. I graduated from Harvard College in 2015, and spent two years doing global health work in Liberia and Rwanda. While at Harvard, I was a resident of the best house, Dunster House (Roll Moose!). My interests are in global heath, international development, and medical education. In my free time, you can catch me watching Nigerian movies or writing short stories. I look forward to getting to meet you all over the next year and learning more about your interests.
Jon Palmer, Pre-Business, SCR Liaison & IT Tutor
Greetings, Dunster! I am delighted to be returning as a resident tutor this year. I grew up in Redlands, CA but have now fallen in love with New England, which has been my home for the past decade. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Management at the Harvard Business School and previously studied Government and History at Harvard College (social class of 2011). In addition to those subjects, I am also interested in architecture, design, publishing, religion, and politics. I love the outdoors and aquatic sports (I swam and played water polo growing up and recently took up sailing) and look forward to participating in IMs with you and going on excursions together to Boston and beyond. Above all, I am looking forward to getting to know you, to hearing what makes you tick, and figuring out ways I can help you along your way.
Deborah Palmer, Music & Culinary Tutor
Hey there, Dunster! I am so excited to be returning to the House as a music and culinary tutor this Fall! If you have a hidden musical talent, are hoping to get into the Harvard music scene, or are simply wanting to keep up your musical chops — then we should talk. I can’t wait to meet you and to make some beautiful music together!
A little about me: I grew up on a cattle ranch in rural Utah but spent the better part of my childhood shuttling to and from Salt Lake City for music lessons. I received my B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and am currently pursuing a Masters at Longy School of Music in Harvard Square. More importantly, though, I am the mother to two adorable children, James (4) and Margaret (2), who are also thrilled to be joining the Dunster Community. James is gregarious and active and will probably memorize all of your names faster than his mom or dad will. Margaret is adventurous and sweet and loves anyone who will give her a hug or a treat. When I am not practicing violin or chasing our two kiddos around, you will probably find me baking something tasty or exploring Boston. I hope to continue both of these pursuits with you in the coming months as we have you over for study breaks or as we go on excursions outside of the Harvard Square bubble together. See you soon!
Erica Brown Soto, CARE Tutor
Hi Meese! I’m a returning Tutor and I’m excited to spend another year in Dunster House! I have served as a Wellness, Intramurals, and Languages and Literature Tutor. During my time at Harvard, I lived in Leverett and studied Slavic Languages and Literatures. After graduation, I taught English at a university in Ukraine, which allowed me to indulge my love of food, travel, and languages, before returning and earning an EdM at Boston University in International Educational Development. Since finishing that degree, I’ve worked as a research assistant at MGH, in development and alumni affairs, as a campus minister, and taught for the last five years as a TF at Harvard in the Department of Government. I am also currently in my fourth year of a PhD in Higher Education at Boston College; my dissertation research thus far has focused on how social, economic, and cultural capital intersect with elite undergraduates’ approach to seeking out and accumulating summer experiences during college. I am also in my third year as a part-time faculty member there, where I teach an undergraduate course on leadership and organizational theory. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and cooking, reading, watching documentaries with Odeviz, running, taking German classes downtown, participating in IMs, helping out with the Dunster language tables, and playing with our two little ones – Felix (5) and Bruno (2). Odeviz and I live in W214 and spend a lot of time hanging out in the dining hall and courtyard, and we hope you’ll stop by and say hello!
Odeviz Soto, Sophomore Advising Coordinator
Email: ods125 [at] mail.harvard.edu
Welcome to the best house on campus! I am extremely excited to be returning for another year in Dunster as a Senior Tutor, Sophomore Advising Coordinator, and Tutor in Religion. A graduate of Dunster in 2007, I studied History and had some amazing formative years while here, so it is a distinct joy to return to my alma mater as a resident tutor. After commencement, I taught in Salzburg, Austria for a year before returning to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. I have previously worked as an Admissions Officer at Harvard Divinity School and I am currently the Assistant Director for Summer Funding at the College’s Office of Career Services. My personal and academic interests include higher education, comparative religion, colonial/postcolonial history, and languages. Outside of work and school, I enjoy sports (especially baseball), music, dancing, good food, and travel. I am always looking for a good conversation, so say ‘hello’ in the dining hall so you can meet me, my wife, Erica, and our two kids (Felix and Bruno). I look forward to meeting all of you!
Cara Weisman, General Education, CARE & Wellness Tutor
Email: weisman [at] g.harvard.edu