Jordan Anderson, Fellowships & Pre-Med Tutor
Hi, it’s great to be returning to Dunster as a third year Tutor. I’m a fourth year medical student at HMS with interests in cardiology, population health, and entrepreneurship. I grew up in the blue ridge mountains of Roanoke, Virginia and attended Auburn University for college. There, 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 and are looking forward to this year at Dunster.
Katie Anderson, Fellowships & Pre-Med Tutor
Hi y’all! I am really pumped to be a third year 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, Fellowships & Public Service Tutor
Email: mauffant [at] g.harvard.edu
Hello everyone! My name is Marino and I am thrilled to return to Dunster as a second-year resident tutor. I am originally from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and was a proud Dunsterite during my time as an undergrad history concentrator. Over the years, I have lived in multiple countries such as Turkey, France and Korea, and learned a few languages such as Russian and Arabic. After some years in the public sector and as a management consultant in Paris, I have returned to academia for a PhD in History. This year, I will also be Dunster’s History Concentration Advisor, so hit me up if you want to discuss anything from history to business careers and world travel, from foreign languages to academia and life. I look forward to meeting you all, and to all the great conversations to come!
Rahima Bensaid, Public Service & CARE Tutor
Email: rahimabensaid [at] gmail.com
Hello Dunster! I’m excited to meet all of you this year. I’m the Finance and Operations Manager at Soliya, an international nonprofit organization that connects university students around the globe through an educational virtual exchange program. Prior to that, I was a Financial Analyst at the NYC Department of Social Services. I grew up in Morocco and did my undergrad at Clark University, where I studied Development and International Relations. I received my MA in International Affairs at Columbia University. Hit me up if you want to practice your French or Arabic, work on your personal finances, or learn how to make an amazing tajine or couscous. Gabriel and I excited to meet all of you, and our door will always be open if you need help, want to have a conversation, or if you just want to spend some time with our cat Baroud.
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!
Stephanie Charles, Race Relations & Pre-Law Tutor
Hi Dunsterites! I’m delighted to return to Dunster this year as a pre-law and race relations tutor. My name is Stephanie, I’m from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and I’m 3L at HLS. I graduated in 2014 from Harvard College where I had the pleasure of living in Dunster, the best house on campus. As an undergrad, I grew curious about the history of AIDS treatment and antiretroviral drug manufacturing in Brazil. This led me to pursue a joint concentration in History and Science / Government. Post-graduation, this also led me to São Paulo, Brazil where I worked for a year in the Brazil Office of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Here at HLS, I work as student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau where I focus on representing clients in family law matters. I am also involved with the Harvard Law School Reparatory Justice Initiative, and amd generally interested in international law, development, and cross-border transactions that touch on Latin America and the Caribbean. I enjoy playing tennis, traveling, dancing, and chatting about anything and everything so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to getting to know you!
Brian Claus, Wellness Tutor
Email: bclaus [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 second-year 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.
Martha Diaz, House Librarian
Email: mpdiaz [at] fas.harvard.edu
¡Hola Dunster! I’m originally from Northern Mexico and came to Boston to get a Master’s degree in multinational commerce and organizational policy, and to study negotiation and mediation at Harvard Law School. I teach Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, so I hope to see many of you in one of my classes. I also look forward to welcoming you to our popular Spanish table every week. I enjoy traveling, baking, and spending time with my daughter. I am really excited to get to know you. ¡Nos vemos!
Clare Duncan, Pre-Law & Arts/Music Tutor
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be returning to Dunster as a pre-law tutor. I’m a second-year 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, Arts & Music Tutor
Email: hsiao [at] fas.harvard.edu
Hi Dunster! I’m delighted to be joining you this year as a resident Tutor in biology, music, and public service. I grew up in Connecticut and did my undergrad at Princeton in chemistry. I did a masters 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 Tutor
Hello Dunster! I am excited to be joining you this year as the Government Tutor. I’m originally from Terre Haute, Indiana. I am a 4th 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 meeting all of you in the fall.
Gregory Leya, Intramurals, Pre-Med, & Pre-Business Tutor
Hey Dunster! It’s a privilege to be returning this year as one of your pre-med Tutors. I graduated from Dunster in 2012 and am currently an MD/MBA student; I finished my MBA this past spring and am applying to surgery residencies (with a focus on cardiac surgery) this fall. As an undergrad, I concentrated in MCB with a secondary in Econ. My academic interests include the intersection of medicine and business, especially with regards to healthcare systems reform and healthcare entrepreneurship. Outside of academics, I play tennis, ski, and run, but will take any excuse/sport to get outside. Looking forward to a great year ahead! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Jon Palmer, Pre-Business Tutor
Greetings, Dunster! I am delighted to be joining the team as a pre-career Tutor. I grew up in Redlands, CA but have now fallen in love with New England, which has been my home for the past 10 years. 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 about what makes you tick, and figuring out ways I can help you along your way.
Deborah Palmer, Arts & Music Tutor
Hey there, Dunster! I am so excited to be joining the House as a music 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!
Nihar Shah, Pre-Business Tutor
Email: nshah [at] fas.harvard.edu
Hey Dunster! I look forward to meeting you this year. While I am originally from San Jose, I have been in Cambridge since 2007: four years as an undergraduate at Harvard (AB Econ/AM Stats, with a secondary in CS) and a further six years as a PhD student in Economics at Harvard. In between, I worked at a hedge fund for a year, trading equity options; and at a data science fellowship, applying machine learning to high school counseling. Outside of academics, I enjoy documentaries and books that your grandfather might also like: on nature and on World War II history. I also love to ski, even if I was a bit spoiled on the Tahoe slopes growing up. Whether in Dunster courtyard or the Littauer basement, say hello!
Erica Brown Soto, CARE & Wellness 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 the 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, CARE, Wellness & General Education Tutor
Email: weisman [at] g.harvard.edu