People

Soha Bayoumi

Soha Bayoumi

Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College, Kirkland House

Hello Kirkland! I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful community of Kirkland House with my husband, Ahmed Ragab, our daughter, Carmen and our cat, Jesse.

I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, where I graduated with a BA in political science from Cairo University. I went on to do my Master’s and PhD in political theory and history in Paris, France at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po).

I’ve been at Harvard since 2007 and have been privileged enough to experience multiple facets of this wondrous place: first as a visiting fellow in the Department of Government, then as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and finally as a lecturer in the Department of the History of Science, where I will continue to teach, in addition to my responsibilities as the ABAD of Kirkland House.

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Eric Bersin

Eric Bersin

Resident Tutor
A-26
Tutor in: Engineering, Boat Club, Music, Fellowships

Hey KHaus! I'm super excited to be completing my metamorphosis from Kirkland undergrad to non-resident tutor to finally emerging from my chrysalis as a resident tutor in A entryway this year, along with my girlfriend, Kori, who has always been a beautiful and majestic butterfly, no molting required. I graduated from Kirkland in 2014, accidentally completing a joint concentration in {Biomedical Engineering} and {Chemistry and Physics}. During my time at Harvard I had the privilege of singing with the Glee Club, the Krokodiloes, and playing viola with the Bach Society Orchestra. After graduating, I spent a year in Munich, Germany on a Fulbright fellowship, where I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. Accordingly, I'll be serving as a tutor in Engineering, Fellowships, and Music. I'm currently working on my PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where I'm supported by a NASA Science and Technology Research Fellowship. My research largely entails shooting lasers at diamonds in order to build quantum computers - or at least, that's what I tell my advisor. Outside of work, I love spending time hiking, volunteering at the Boston Museum of Science, and singing with the Jameson Singers Choir. Come say hello at my office hours, and let's chat about the superiority of the German Beer Purity Law, interpretations of quantum mechanics, the proper way to tie a bowtie, and the continued relevance of polyphonic Renaissance music in a world fraught with harmonic monotony.

Kelly Bodwin

Kelly Bodwin

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 38
Tutor In: Senior Resident Tutor, Outings, IMs, Statistics, Wine Seminar

Hey Kirk!  I'm the tutor in DeWolfe, along with my HoCo Great-Granddaughter Marie.  I grew up in Cupertino, CA, graduated Harvard in 2011 (Statistics concentrator, English secondary, French citation), and then lived and worked in Toronto for a year.  I'm currently a PhD student in statistics at UNC Chapel Hill - I'll be writing my dissertation long distance, so stop by and say hi if you see me typing away in the dining hall late into the night.  This arrangement is made possible by an NSF Graduate Fellowship, and I'm happy to discuss the fellowship or graduate school in general if you're thinking of applying.  In addition to being your personal stats guru, I am an IMs tutor and the Outings tutor.  I'd love to chat with you about your tricky stats problems, outings ideas, and plans for bringing the Straus Cup back home where it belongs.  My other passions include board games, cheese, Humanism, concerts, the San Jose Sharks, Harry Potter, tea, and Bollywood.  I also possess a bizarre collection of Kirkland trivia (who was the first SM?  where is JTK buried?  why do we eat pelican?) that I might be persuaded to share. 

Alyssa Botelho

Alyssa Botelho

Resident Tutor
D-11
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Arts Outings

Hi Kirkland! James and I are thrilled to join Kirkland House this year. I’m starting my third year as a MD-PhD student at Harvard, and will be pursuing graduate work in the History of Science department. Before starting medical school, I graduated from Harvard College and spent one year working as a reporter in Boston. I’m originally from Davidson, North Carolina and hail from a family of classical musicians. James and I are always happy to chat about graduate school, professional school, and the great outdoors (we love hiking/camping). We look forward to meeting you all!

Kevin Carney

Kevin Carney

Resident Tutor
N-41
Tutor in: Econ, BGLTQ, Fellowships

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a tutor in N-entryway along with my partner, Spencer Smith. Before Harvard, I completed a master's degree in economics at the Paris School of Economics and worked at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Santiago, Chile. I also spent a year managing an experiment about remittances in the migrant communities outside of Washington, D.C. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, classical music, and running. I can't wait to meet everyone at Kirkland!

Kate Drizos Cavell

Kate Drizos Cavell

House Administrator
Sophomore Advising Coordinator
H-13 (Office)

In Kirkland, I work on housing, events, room reservations, the budget, and whatever comes my way! My favorite things about Kirkland include KDS, Conversations with Kirkland, HoCo, my dear friend Bob Butler, and our truly wonderful community of Tutors, students, and staff. My office is under the Kirkland archway in H-Entry. Visitors are always welcome!

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Marcus Comiter

Marcus Comiter

Resident Tutor
E-31
Tutor in: CS, Music, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland!  I'm very excited to join the house community as the E-entryway Tutor. I'm a doctoral candidate in Computer Science here at Harvard, where my research focuses on machine learning, computer vision, computer networks, as well as public policy relating to technology issues. I graduated from Harvard (Class of 2014) with a joint concentration in Computer Science and Statistics. I'm a native of South Florida, growing up among the alligators a little north of Miami. Outside of work, I enjoy movies, music, following environmental issues (especially in Florida), and politics. I'm also an avid aquarist (I have a saltwater aquarium with a clownfish named Crusty at home in Florida) and can never get enough of the beach. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in the Kirkland community!

Tom Conley

Tom Conley

Faculty Dean of Kirkland House
Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and Visual and Environmental Studies

I came to Harvard in 1995 and to the Kirkland House in 2000. Trained in French literature at Columbia University (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.) in French and Art History, I taught at a number of institutions (Minnesota, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Miami of Ohio, the Graduate Center of CUNY) before joining Romance Languages and, soon after, Visual and Environmental Studies.  My research is devoted to literature, cinema, and cartography. In 2003-4, a Guggenheim Fellowship enabled me to complete Cartography and Cinema (2007) and to complete a translation and American edition of Marc Augé, Casablanca: Movies & Memory (2009). While on leave at Kirkland in 2007 I finished An Errant Eye: Topography and Poetry in Early Modern France (2011), a sequel to (and bookend for a new edition of) The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France (2011). In 2010 I led a seminar on film theory at the Ecole en Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and in 2011-12 I was a fellow at the Radcliffe Center for Advanced Research where I began work on À fleur de page: Voir et lire le texte de la Renaissance (published 2015) In 2011 the Université Blaise-Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand) graciously awarded me an honorary doctorate. In 2014 saw publication of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Cinema of Jean-Luc Godard, co-edited with friend and colleague Jeff Kline (of Boston University). In 2015-16, senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. I spent sabbatical time researching garden and landscape in 16th century France.  In the spring of 2016 I was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A devotee of handball (“the perfect game”), I have play at the Boston Central YMCA, a home away from home. Verena and I are proud to serve as faculty advisors to the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team.  We are indelible Red Sox fans who love dogs and the great outdoors.

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Verena Conley

Verena Conley

Faculty Dean of Kirkland House
Long-term Visiting Professor, Departments of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literature

I was born in Zurich, Switzerland and spent my childhood on the shores of Lake Geneva. Raised bilingually in a family that specialized in business in Southeast Asia, I quickly developed a liking for other languages and cultures. After an education in the liberal arts built around seven years of Latin!! A Fulbright fellowship allowed me to settle on American shores. I turned resolutely to contemporary studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning my Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature. I have taught at several institutions, including Miami University, the University of Paris-VIII, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. At Harvard, I teach in Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literatures. During the academic year 2016-17 I will be on leave. I am working on two projects. The first, From the Colony to Ecology, focuses on French colonial gardens, especially the Jardin d’essai du hamma in Algiers. A second on Care: Ecology, Technology, Sensation, Worlds. I have written on post-World War II intellectual history, experimental women writers, ecology, technology as well as a couple of creative books. I like to swim, hike, attend varsity games or simply hang out.

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Christine Gant

Christine Gant

Resident Affiliate
L-12

Hi Kirkland! I’m a happy recent graduate of University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a summer newlywed excited to join ‘K’-force with my wonderful husband Philip Gant. At St. Andrews, I read International Relations and Film Studies as part of a joint M.A programme. I’m interested in media and law, so in recent years, I’ve worked at South Korea’s national broadcasting system KBS, a small media and culture content startup, as well as USC’s Media Diversity and Social Change Initiative (MDSCI). This year, I will be continuing to work as a research fellow at Centre for Global Constitutionalism in St. Andrews. In Kirkland, I’ll be helping out with International Experience, Korean and Japanese language tables, and Late Open Houses. Please drop by L-Entryway for a friendly chat, to de-stress or to share in my love of food, fashion, and horseback riding. I can’t wait to get to know you all!

Philip Gant

Philip Gant

Resident Tutor
L-12
Tutor In: Fellowships, Late Open Houses, Int'l Experience, Writing, Korean Table

Hi Kirkland! It's great to be back for my fourth year in Kirkland and third year as a res tutor. Big news! Over the summer, I married the woman of my dreams. Christine and I will be living in L entryway and heading up the International Experience team. I'm excited to keep working with you on fellowships and writing, and to be playing alongside you in IMs. Come share a meal with Christine and me at Kirkland's Korean Table each week as well, or visit our new Japanese language table. I'm a fifth year PhD student in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations/History and East Asian Languages program, focusing on premodern Korea and China. Before coming to Boston, I was a Blakemore-Freeman Fellow (2011-2012) at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea and a Greenberg Yale-China Scholar (2010-2011) at Beijing Language and Culture University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Originally a member of Yale's Class of 2009 (Trumbull College), I spent the 2008-2009 year as a Richard U. Light Fellow at Sogang University (a second home to me), returning to New Haven to finish my senior year and graduate in 2010. Despite all my years away, I remain at heart a Southern Californian. So if you find yourself wanting to talk about the ocean or the sun, about history or East Asia or travel or language study or fellowships or sports or taking time off -- or about anything really, I hope that you'll come by L-12, and that you'll come say hello in the dining hall.

Scott Haywood

Scott Haywood

Building Manager
H-17 (Office)

Scott is responsible for the physical maintenance of the House and for improvement of all House facilities. Minor maintenance requests-such as repairs of leaky faucets, defective lights, or faulty locks-should be reported to his office. The Building Manager issues key cards and keys for all entries, suites, and House facilities. Scott is eager to help students in any way he can and welcomes questions and suggestions about Kirkland House.

Visit the Building Info tab of this site for information.

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Kevin Holden

Kevin Holden

Poet-in-Residence
I-27

I'm very happy to continue this year as Kirkland's Poet-in-Residence. I graduated from Harvard College in 2005, after which I attended Cambridge (MPhil), the Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA), and Yale (PhD). I am now a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, where I am writing about poetry and philosophy. I have published six books and chapbooks of poetry, as well as translations from French, German, and Russian. Here in Kirkland I organize poetry readings and events, and I plan to bring writers to the House for dinners and conversations. I also host a writing table, where we read texts of our own or by writers we enjoy. Everyone is welcome!

Mai Anh Huynh

Mai Anh Huynh

Resident Tutor
F-31
Tutor In: Pre-Med

I was born and raised in Evansville, IN--a year to the day my family left Vietnam as part of a wave of "boat people." A Hoosier at heart, I nevertheless like Harvard enough to stay on at HMS for my MD-PhD after graduating from Kirkland in 2004. I spent my undergrad summers doing my thesis research in structural biology in Cambridge, UK. I did my PhD in Neurobiology, my intern year at Mass General Hospital, and am currently in my fourth year of residency in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Throughout all of these phases of training, my role as a Kirkland House tutor has been a welcome constant in my life, and I continue to enjoy being of help however I can. Please feel free to come chat with me about anything and everything, whether it's medicine, research, celebrity gossip, or whatever else is on your mind.

Marie Keil

Marie Keil

Resident Affiliate
20 DeWolfe 38

Hey Kirkland! I'm the Resident Affiliate in DeWolfe where I live with my roommate and HoCo great-grandmother Kelly Bodwin. By day, I serve as the Fellow for First-Year programs in the Freshman Dean's Office, where I work on social and residential programming to support students in their first year at Harvard. By night, I'm a Kirkland Intramural Crew fanatic (we're always recruiting!), Beer Seminar TF, and Bob's biggest fan. I graduated from Harvard (and Kirkland) in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry and Archaeology, then went abroad for a Master's degree at Oxford. In my spare time, I love to eat, row, bake, powerlift, knit, and eat. You can find me in the dining hall most nights, where I'm happy to talk about study abroad, graduate school, chemistry, intramurals, or Kate Walzcewski's latest antics.