Fellowships Tutors

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.

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!

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!

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.

Kylie Sago

Kylie Sago

Resident Tutor
J-31
Tutor In: French Table, Fellowships, SASH, Arts Outings, Writing

I’m very happy to be back for my second year at Kirkland as the J-Entryway tutor! I’m a Ph.D. student in Romance Languages and Literatures, and my research is on depictions of bodies, emotions like disgust, and encounters with alterity in nineteenth-century French literature. I graduated from Georgetown, where I double-majored in French and English and wrote a thesis for each major. I’ve worked at Good Housekeeping magazine in NYC and lived abroad in Lyon, Avignon, and Florence. I’m a novice podcast-listener, but a longtime dog-lover. I also enjoy weightlifting, backpacking, and good conversation—so say hi, join me for a meal, and let’s talk!

Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith

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

Hello, Kirkland! I'm a first-year law student and a tutor in N-entryway together with my partner, Kevin Carney. Before I arrived at Harvard, I studied economics at the University of Oxford on a Marshall Scholarship. Prior to that, I worked for the President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. If you want to talk about economics or politics, come find me! I grew up near the sandy beaches and beautiful waters of Lake Michigan, and I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011. I'm a Midwesterner through and through, but I love to travel. I also enjoy cooking, hiking, and relaxing with my family (especially my nieces, who share my sense of humor). See you in the dining hall!