The quality House life is enriched through both formal and informal interactions between students and members of the Senior Common Room (SCR). The SCR is comprised of the Faculty Deans, Resident and Non-Resident Tutors, University professors, alumni, community members, visiting scholars, and administrators. This provides undergraduates with a valuable opportunity to seek support and to learn from members of the Harvard community at various stages of their academic and professional careers.
Each year, Dunster Students are invited to participate in one of three formal SCR Dinners, which are typically held in October, December, and February. In April, Dunster students are invited to attend the annual SCR “Red Tie Dinner,” during which students make predictions for the following year. This Dunster House tradition dates back to the 1930s, and is one of our most popular events.
SENIOR COMMON ROOM MEMBERS
Alvaro Amorrortu is the Chief Operating Officer of Solid Biosciences, a Cambridge based life sciences company focused on solving Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
At Solid, Alvaro is responsible for building and supporting the infrastructure to enable execution of Solid’s programs. Prior to joining Solid Biosciences, he spent more than a decade as a management consultant advising biopharmaceutical and other companies on a variety of strategic challenges, including overseeing large scale organizational transformations as well as designing strategies for assets and portfolios moving from early stages of development to commercial launch. His career as a strategist started at the Monitor Group, and then after a few years working for Inventiv Health (now Syneos Health), moved to IMS Health (now IQVIA).In addition, Alvaro has hands on experience managing operations. He held leadership positions in Bunge Group and Cargill subsidiaries, where he was responsible for designing and running complex engineering projects in manufacturing facilities.
At Dunster, Alvaro would love to share with students his experience living in different parts of the world, leading teams from very diverse cultural backgrounds and working in large corporations as well as in start ups. Mr. Amorrortu received his M.B.A. with a major in Finance from The Wharton School and graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires, Argentina with an MS in Industrial Engineering. An avid traveler, he has lived and worked in Argentina, Paraguay, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. He is married to Virginia, and they have three children, Candela, Francisco and Pedro.
Adriaan Lanni is the Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches courses on modern criminal law and procedure and a variety of legal history courses on ancient Greek and Roman law. She received a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Yale, an M.Phil. in Classics from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. Her publications include Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens (2006) and Law and Order in Ancient Athens (2016). She is happy to talk to Dunster students about concentrating in classics, studying classics in England, or careers in law, particularly legal academia or careers in criminal justice or other public interest legal fields.
Provost Alan M. Garber serves as Harvard University’s chief academic officer. He is also the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An economist and physician, he studies methods for improving health care productivity and health care financing.Before becoming Provost at Harvard in 2011, Dr. Garber was the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and a Professor of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and Economics in the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University. At Stanford, he founded and directed the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and served as a Staff Physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
Dr. Garber is an Elected Member of the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Garber received a PhD in Economics from Harvard and an MD with research honors from Stanford.
Andrew Clark is the Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University. He teaches courses on Music and Disability Studies and serves on Music Department’s diversity and curriculum committees, as well as the FAS Committee on Public Service and the Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship. Dr. Clark conducts the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the Harvard Summer Chorus.
Ariel Pakes is the Thomas Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in Industrial Organization and Econometrics. He received the Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society in 1986. He was elected as a fellow of that society in 1988, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and of the National Academy of Sciences in 2017. Ariel was the Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization in 2007. In 2017 he received the Jean-Jacques Laffont prize and in 2018 the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award.Ariel’s research has focused on developing methods for empirically analyzing market responses to environmental and policy changes. This includes developing: i) demand systems that are capable of analyzing the impact of environmental changes (e.g. mergers) on prices, ii) methods capable of analyzing the impact of policy changes (e.g. deregulation) on productivity, and iii) models capable of following the impacts of these changes on the evolution of markets over time. He and his co-authors have applied these tools to the analysis of the auto, electricity, health care, and telecommunications equipment industries. Ariel also developed techniques for: analyzing the impacts of privately funded research and development activity, for constructing a more accurate Consumer Price Index, and for analyzing the impact of incentive schemes on the hospital allocations of doctors.
Many of Ariel’s methodological contributions have been incorporated into the work of government agencies and private firms. Ariel has mentored over sixty doctoral students, many of whom are now leading researchers at prestigious universities. Additionally, he has done work for a number of consultancies, government agencies, and large firms.
Ariel is married with two children and a granddaughter. They all enjoy hiking, jazz, and watching the NBA.
Benjamin M. Friedman
Professor Friedman’s research interests focus on macroeconomics, in particular the economics of monetary and fiscal policy, and on the broader connections between economics and other disciplines. He currently teaches courses on macroeconomic policy, on the historical influence of religion on economic thinking, and on the origins of economics in political theory. His best known book is The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, and in addition to his scholarly work he is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. As a Harvard undergraduate he was in Dunster House.
Hello Meese! I’ve had the genuine pleasure and honor of being the Bureau of Study Counsel’s (BSC’s) liaison to Dunster House since 2001. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to speak privately about anything that’s on your mind and affects your life and learning at Harvard, including but not limited to relationships, identity, family, career choice, grad school, decision-making, problem-solving, concerns about others, perfectionism, procrastination, thesis-writing, performance optimization, etc. Although all of us at the BSC are “generalists,” over the years I’ve worked with many student-athletes (e.g., I ran Harvard’s former in-house sport psychology program for a decade), BGLTQ/questioning students, students involved in all aspects of Title IX issues, and ROTC cadets and midshipmen. I spent my first years after high school just down the river at MIT (S.B. and S.M./M.B.A. in business/finance/real estate). After a post-graduation stint working with various wilderness-based, experiential education programs (think “FOP”), I returned to grad school at Harvard (Ed.M. in Adolescent Risk & Prevention) and then went on to matriculate at George Washington University for my doctoral years (Psy.D. in psychology and J.D. in law). I enjoy running (long distances but not super fast — I coordinate the Harvard College Marathon Challenge, which you should definitely check out!), exploring far-flung parts of Boston,and eating unhealthily. I look forward to meeting you, whether over a meal at Dunster or in my office — whatever works for you — so please feel free to reach out!
As John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, I teach in the Department of English and in the Program in History & Literature at Harvard, where I also serve on the Committee on Degrees in American Studies. In addition, I supervise the American Literature Colloquium and co-chair “Novel Theory Across the Disciplines,” a seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center.My scholarship and teaching focus on modern and contemporary American literature, the history and theory of the novel, visual media, and methods of interpretation. Recent essays of mine appear or will soon appear in ELH, New Literary History, Post45, American Literary History, Contemporary Literature, The Henry James Review, Public Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
My first book, Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form, is available from Princeton University Press. Site Reading received the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction from the Media Ecology Association.
I am currently at work on two book projects: Art Novels: Fiction in an Age of Visual Media (forthcoming from Princeton UP) and, with designer Peter Mendelsund, The Book Cover: Art at the Edges of Literature (forthcoming from Ten Speed Press). Detailed descriptions of these projects can be found here. A sample essay from The Book Cover is available here.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Chicago, where I was an Affiliated Fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities and a member of the Object Cultures Project. My scholarship has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Huntington Library.
Dr. Wang has been with Harvard University Health Services since 1995 as a primary care physician, Harvard Athletics as a Team Physician since 2000, and Head Team Physician since 2010, with special clinical and research interests in concussion and sports cardiology.He is a 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in Art History, and graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1992. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Mount Auburn Hospital. He is a staff internist at Harvard University Health Services, and is on the staffs of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Team Physician for the Boston Red Sox. He serves as the AED Medical Director for the Harvard campus.
Dr. Wang lives in Newton, Mass., and spends his free time being a hockey/baseball/softball/field hockey/rock climbing father to four children, two of whom attend Harvard College.
Executive Dean for Administration and Finance, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Tim Bowman joined the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as executive dean for administration and finance in February 2012. Prior to this position, he was associate dean for operations at Harvard Kennedy School and teaches courses in strategic management and higher education management at the Extension School.
He has held a variety of senior management positions and has done strategic consulting for institutions of higher education in the United States and the Middle East. He previously held the position of vice president of finance and administration at Chatham University, where as chief financial officer and chief operating officer he was responsible for campus master planning, enrollment management, human resources, facilities, security, and auxiliary services. He has also been the vice president of finance and administration at Neumann University, and assistant treasurer at Philadelphia University. Bowman also serves on the commission for higher education, the annual financial review committee, and several accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and is on the board of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO).
He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elizabethtown College, his MBA with a concentration in finance from Philadelphia University, and has attended the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Harvey Silverglate is a criminal defense, students’ rights, media rights, and civil liberties trial and appellate lawyer who, after several decades heading up his own firm, now practices in an “of counsel” capacity to the Boston law firm of Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein LLP. He graduated from Princeton University in 1964 and Harvard Law School in 1967.
Silverglate is a frequent columnist who has written for the Cato Supreme Court Review, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, Harvard Law Review, WGBH/News, and the now-defunct legendary alternative weekly The Boston Phoenix.
He is the author of two books: The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses, co-authored with Professor Alan Charles Kors; and Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.
He is a co-founder and former Chairman of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and served for three decades on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts, serving as Board President for two of those years.
Silverglate co-founded, with Professor Kors, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, more commonly known as FIRE, where he remains a member of the Board of Directors. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.
James T. Kurnick, M.D. is a physician-scientist based at the Massachusetts General Hospital where his research in cellular immunology has led to a successful therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (Entyvio) and a spin-off Biotechnology company, TriBiotica LLC, that is developing a new approach to treating cancer and other diseases where we can target the disease-causing cell (cancer, infection, autoimmunity, allergy). Jim has a longtime affiliation with Dunster House, including his undergraduate thesis in Biology with A. M. Pappenheimer, the Dunster House Master. In addition to his medical interests, Jim also completed a Master’s in Education at HUGSE to complement his activities as the Director of a course at the Harvard Medical School to introduce the subjects of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology. Jim’s Research focuses on providing new targets for immune destruction of disease-causing cells, by assembling novel target molecules that make them stand out for destruction by the immune system.
James Snyder is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, in the Harvard Government Department. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His primary research and teaching interests are in American politics, with a focus on political representation. He has written on a variety of topics, including elections, campaign finance, legislative behavior and institutions, interest groups, direct democracy, the media, and corruption. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, and many other other journals and edited volumes. He is co-author of The End of Inequality: One Person, One Vote and the Transformation of American Politics. Professor Snyder taught for six years in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, and for eighteen years in the Departments of Political Science and Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael Lewis is a ’93 graduate of the College, where he concentrated in History and Science with a focus on astronomy and astrophysics. He was actively involved in a number of student groups, including The Kuumba Singers, The Black Students Association, The Computer Society and the Science Fiction Association.
A proud alum of Dunster, Michael held many roles during his time in the House — Mooseletter Editor, House Committee Chair, Aide to former Faculty Deans Karel and Hetty Liem and even a previous stint as a member of the Senior Common Room. One of his proudest achievements as Ho-Co chair was successfully inviting Sir Patrick Stewart to Dunster to attend a reception and receive a Dunster House Shield in recognition of his work.
Michael is an avid runner and maintains an interest in astrophysics, superhero comics and movies and international travel. He speaks French and Italian and loves opportunities to keep both in practice.
Michael is currently a partner at iCorps Technologies, a Boston-based IT consulting firm, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus. He makes his home in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
Father Patrick Fiorillo is a member of the Harvard Chaplains and serves as Undergraduate Chaplain for the Harvard Catholic Center. Based in St. Paul Parish, he works closely with the Catholic Student Association in planning events and attending to the spiritual needs of the students. Fr. Fiorillo was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in 2016. As an avid musician, he previously worked as a classical recording engineer and currently plays drums in a jazz-funk quartet with fellow priests.
Peter ParkI am a professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School and director of the PhD program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics. My group (http://compbio.hms.harvard.edu) specializes in computational analysis of DNA sequencing data in epigenetics and cancer genetics. As an undergraduate (Winthrop House ’94) and graduate student (Caltech), I studied applied math and tried to stay as far away from the biological sciences as possible. But soon afterwards, I discovered that there are many fun math problems in genomics with immediate relevance to medicine and biology, and I have not had to look for a job since then. While in college, I played in the Harvard band, rowed intramural crew, and was active in Christian Fellowship.
Mr. Glauber is a Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and earlier, a Professor at Harvard Business School. He has divided his career between government service and a member of the Harvard faculty. He served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Finance in the Bush 41 Administration from 1989 to 1992 and as Chief Executive Officer, and then Chairman and CEO, of NASD (now FINRA), the private-sector regulator of the U.S. securities markets, from 2000 to 2006. In 1987-88, Mr. Glauber served as Executive Director of the Task Force (“Brady Commission”) appointed by President Reagan to report on the October 1987 stock market crash. At Harvard, he was a Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School from 1964 to 1991, and a Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School from 1992 to 2000 and 2006 to the present, as well as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2007 and 2009.He has served on the Korean Financial Supervisory Service’s International Advisory Board, the Boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Moody’s Corp., Freddie Mac, Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A. (Milan), a number of Dreyfus mutual funds, the Investment Company Institute, as Vice Chairman of the Trustees who appoint and oversee the International Accounting Standards Board, as President of the Metropolitan Opera Club and the Boston Economic Club.
Mr. Glauber presently is Chairman of the Board of Northeast Bancorp (a commercial bank based in New England) and a Director (and Chairman, 2007-2015) of XL Group Ltd (a global insurance company), and a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Treasurer of the Metropolitan Opera Club, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Board of the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pilgrims of the United States. He has been a Senior Advisor at P J Solomon Co., an investment bank, since November 2006.
Mr. Glauber graduated from Harvard College and received his doctorate from Harvard Business School.