Princess Daisy Akita, Pre-Law and Intramurals Tutor
Academic Specialty: Law
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!
Academic Specialty: Medicine
Hi, it’s great to be returning to Dunster as a fifth year Tutor. I was a graduate of Harvard Medical School in 2018 and am now a second-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 chatting in the dining hall about all things sports, politics, barbecue, and whatever TV show you happen to be watching. My wife (Katie) and I live on the fifth floor and we always welcome non-fifth floor visitors to our study breaks.
Katie Anderson, Pre-Med and Fellowships Tutor
Academic Specialty: Medicine
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!
Marino Auffant, Lead Fellowships and CARE Tutor
Academic Specialty: History
Email: mauffant [at] g.harvard.edu
Hello everyone! My name is Marino and I am thrilled to return to Dunster for my fourth year as a Resident Tutor and History Advisor. 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. After graduation, I pursued my Master’s in Public Administration in France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration, and then worked in strategy consulting in Paris for a few of years – doing projects in all kinds of sectors such as energy, government, and private equity. After this corporate detour, I have really enjoyed returning to academia for my PhD in History, teaching international history and working on my dissertation on the 1970s Energy Crisis. I’m always happy to discuss any fellowship opportunities, potential careers in the public sector (or consulting, or academia!), as well as practicing foreign languages, playing a game of squash, or just chatting about life in general. My wife Marielle and I look forward to meeting you all, and to all the great conversations to come!
Khin-Kyemon Aung, Pre-Med and Race Relations Tutor
Academic Specialty: Medicine
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, Culinary and CARE Tutor
Email: rahimabensaid [at] gmail.com
Hello Dunster! I’m excited to return as a third-year tutor. By day, I am Director of Finances & 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. Gabriel, Aida and I look forward to meeting all of you, sharing meals with you in the Dining Hall, and helping you have a great year.
Brian Claus, Wellness Tutor
Academic Specialty: Astronomy and Astrophysics
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!
Marielle DeBlois, Interfaith, Pre-Business, and Culinary Tutor
Academic Specialty: Business
Email: mgdebloisb [at] gmail.com
Hi there everyone! My name is Marielle and I am extremely excited return as a second-year resident tutor at Dunster House! Here is a little bit about me: 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 am passionate about innovation – I worked on my own startup for a while and I am currently working as an innovation consultant in Boston, 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!
Manon Garcia, CARE and Fellowships Tutor
Academic Specialty: Philosophy
Email: Garcia.Manon [at] gmail.com
Hi Dunsterites! My name is Manon – yes, you probably will have a hard time pronouncing my name but even my husband does so that’s fine! I am glad to join the Dunster community. I have a PhD in Philosophy from France but I spent quite a lot of time in the US and, in particular, two years at Harvard in 2016-2018 where I was a TA and then a lecturer in the philosophy department (for the one and only Sean Kelly!!). I was born and raised in Paris, which remains my favorite place in the world. As most French people, I am obsessed with food, red wine, pastries, Air France (I’m aware that sounds weird), and 5 weeks of paid vacation a year is a minimum under which no one could survive. I am currently a Junior Fellow at Harvard’s Society of Fellows, which is a sort of postdoc where I do research in political and moral philosophy, especially in feminist philosophy. One of the issues on which I work the most is consent so please feel free to come see me if there’s anything related to consent that you’d like to discuss. More broadly, I’d be happy to talk about philosophy, traveling – I am very happy to help with figuring out how to spend a meaningful year abroad -, about France, about cultural differences among countries, about how to fit when you feel like you don’t, and many more issues. My husband Tamer and I will welcome our first little girl in September and we’re super excited to become a Dunsterite family!
Bushra Guenoun, BGLTQ, First-Generation, and Pre-Business Tutor
Academic Specialty: Business
Email: bguenoun [at] hbs.edu
Hi Dunster! My name is Bushra and I’m extremely excited to be serving as a Resident Tutor this year! I grew up in Gainesville, Florida before coming to Harvard College and concentrating in Psychology (Dunster Class of 2017). As an undergrad, I was very involved in the Phillips Brooks House Association, and I spent a lot of time working on various psychology and sociology research projects. After graduation, I joined the Capital One Strategy Consulting Group where I learned a ton about financial services. Currently, I am a PhD student in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, catching up on movies I should have seen years ago, and exploring the Boston area for delicious desserts. I look forward to getting to know you all!
Jennifer Hsiao, Music Tutor
Academic Specialty: MCB
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!
Steven Kasparek, BLGTQ, Race Relations, and First-Generation Tutor
Academic Specialty: Psychology
Email: swkasparek [at] g.harvard.edu
Helllloooo Dunster fam! I’m absolutely jazzed to be joining the Dunster community as a tutor this year. My name is Steven, and I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology in the GSAS. First, obligatory background info: I spent the first decade of my life in Ferguson, MO (yes, THAT Ferguson), and later in various neighborhoods around St. Louis. That said, I’m always happy to make space for conversations about systemic injustice and inequality! I was fortunate to be able to attend Middlebury College for undergrad, where I majored in psychology and minored in sociology and gender, sexuality, and feminine studies. Like many of you, I participated in a smattering of things including: conducting basic neuroscience research, singing in an a cappella group (Baritone/Tenor), dancing in an urban dance troupe, performing in musical productions of Les Misérables and Rag Time, and advocating for marginalized and low-resource students as a member of the college’s Institutional Diversity Committee. After graduating I spent a few years doing full-time post-baccalaureate research at the NIH, University of Washington in Seattle, and Harvard before joining the clinical psychology program here in the Stress and Development Lab. Broadly, my research focuses on understanding neurodevelopmental mechanisms underlying the cycle of violence. If you’re interested, you can read more here. As for hobbies: I’m a proud plant dad, aspiring chef, and avid exercise enthusiast. I’m also a performer at heart (but then again, aren’t we all?), so I enjoy singing and dancing. I love taking on new projects, so I’m now working on honing my baking skills and brewing my own kombucha (stop by anytime for a taste!). I believe in the power of authenticity and vulnerability to bridge gaps. So, as a first-generation, queer man of color, I am honored to be serving you as a BLGTQ, Race Relations, and First-Generation Tutor. Please know that I am here for each of you (no matter your entryway), and I will do my best to make your experience in Dunster, and at Harvard more broadly, truly incredible.
Gabe Koehler-Derrick, Fellowships, Intramurals, Race Relations, and Culinary Tutor
Academic Specialty: Government
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 and Race Relations Tutor
Academic Special: Medicine
Juliet_musabeyezu [at] hms.harvard.edu 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.
Eugene Nam, Pre-Law and Public Service Tutor
Academic Specialty: Divinity/Law
Hi (future) friends! I’m thrilled to meet you all soon! I’m a graduate student at Harvard working towards a dual degree–J.D. at the law school and M.Div. at the divinity school. After graduate school, I hope to work as a human rights lawyer for S.P.E.W. (the Society for the Protection of Elfish Welfare), and my pet peeve is the lack of separation of powers in Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic. How did we end up with a legal system in which the Minister of Magic controls the department of magical law enforcement, promulgates the laws themselves, and presides over the Wizengamot, the wizarding courts? Anyway, I’m originally from Seoul, South Korea, and I moved to the United States to attend college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where I studied sociology of religion. After graduating, I worked as a community-development practitioner for a refugee-serving nonprofit in Clarkston, Georgia. Now I’m studying law and religion with the hope of pursuing a long-term career supporting and mobilizing faith communities for social justice and human rights advocacy. During graduate school, I’ve worked in immigration advocacy, for churches interested in becoming sanctuaries for undocumented folks, in human rights projects for the UN Committee on Business and Human Rights, and for the World Bank’s anti-corruption initiatives. In my spare time, I enjoy taking long walks, sipping tea, and writing bad poetry.
Jon Palmer, Pre-Business, SCR Liaison and IT Tutor
Academic Specialty: Business
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 and Culinary Tutor
Academic Specialty: Music
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!
MG Prezioso, Fellowships, Wellness, and Music Tutor
Academic Specialty: Education
Hi Dunster! My name is MG (short for MaryGabrielle), and I’m a second-year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I’m thrilled to be joining the Dunster community as a Resident Tutor, and I look forward to meeting all of you. A bit about me—I’m from outside of Philadelphia (although I’m a New York Mets and Giants fan…), and I graduated from Harvard College in 2013 with a B.A. in English literature. After graduation, I worked for a health and wellness startup in downtown Boston, then returned to Harvard to obtain my Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from HGSE. My current doctoral research lies at the intersection of psychology and literature; specifically, I’m interested in the process of children’s narrative absorption (being “lost” in a book), as well as how literature contributes to students’ moral development and identity formation. Outside of graduate school, I love musical theatre, running, traveling, creative writing, watching TV/movies, and nerding out about Harry Potter and other fantasy/sci-fi books. Please feel free to reach out any time to discuss literature, writing, education, theatre, or just life in general—I’m excited to get to know you!
Tamer Teker, Public Service, Fellowships, and First-Generation Tutor
Academic Specialty: Engineering
Hi Dunsterites! My name is Tamer and I am very excited to be joining as a Resident Tutor in 2019. I grew up in Duisburg, Germany where I also studied engineering. I have been living in and out of Boston for the past 6 years, completing my MPP at Harvard and working at MIT and abroad. I am passionate about renewable energy and energy access, and I work on electrification projects in sub-Saharan Africa, currently for an energy startup in Lesotho. I mostly telecommute so you will likely find me working at Dunster or the Harvard libraries. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, exploring restaurants in Boston with Manon, and taking French classes. Manon and I also are very excited to welcome our first daughter in September! I look forward to getting to know you all, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to talk about engineering, public policy or being a first-generation student.
Harish Vemuri, Pre-Law and Intramurals Tutor
Academic Specialty: Law
Email: hvemuri [at] jd20.law.harvard.edu
Hi Dunster! I just graduated from HLS and I’m excited to be joining the Dunster community. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but I spent the past decade in LA before leaving for law school. I graduated from USC in 2013, where I studied Economics and Sports Media. After graduating, I spent four years as a management consultant with Bain in Los Angeles and New Delhi; and six months working as a general business advisor to startups at an incubator in Accra, Ghana. At HLS I am on the boards of the Animal Law Society, Effective Altruism, and the Law and Technology Society. I also run all of the law school IM sports – so if anyone wants to play, please let me know! I have spent my law school summers (1) working for the Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division in Washington DC and (2) at Cooley Santa Monica doing legal work for startups. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, trivia, playing board games, and reading. Please feel to reach out at any time to talk about law school, legal work, or anything else! P.S. if you happen to be a biology / chemistry concentrator – definitely reach out, It’s my latest fascination and I’d happily buy you a coffee to learn about the work you’re doing!
Cara Weisman, General Education and Wellness Tutor
Academic Specialty: Chemical and Physical Biology
Email: weisman [at] g.harvard.edu