People

Christine Baugh

Christine Baugh

Resident Tutor
J-31
Tutor In: Writing, Public Health

Hi Kirkland! I'm Christine and my husband Gil and I are excited to be a part of Kirkland this year. I graduated from Harvard College in 2010, concentrating in History and Science. I was also a four year member of the Harvard-Radcliffe women's crew and can't wait to support all of our in-house athletes. Although I resided in Quincy house during undergrad, I hope you don't hold this against me. :) Since then I have been pursuing research related to concussions in one capacity or another, including, most recently, in my current role as a PhD candidate in Health Policy here at Harvard. I look forward to serving you as a writing tutor and as a resource for those of you interested in pursuing non-MD health-related careers. I also love to chat sports, outdoors, and Boston-area excursions for those of you looking to get out of Harvard Square for a bit. I can't wait to meet you all!... Read more about Christine Baugh

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Soha Bayoumi

Allston Burr Resident Dean, Kirkland House and Assistant Dean of Harvard College

Hello Kirkland! I am excited to begin my second year in the wonderful community of Kirkland House, along 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.... Read more about Soha Bayoumi

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Juanita Becerra

Juanita Becerra

Resident Tutor
K-21
Tutor In: Fellowships, Outings, Spanish Table, BGLTQ

Hola Kirkland ! I am thrilled to join the Kirkland community this year. I am an international student from Colombia starting my third year as a PhD candidate in the History of Science. Before comming to Harvard, I completed my bachelors degree in Physics and Science, Technology and Society at MIT. Outside of academic work, you can find me running-- this year I'll be training for the Disney Marathon--, swimming, cycling, or playing tennis. I am a huge movie fan and love listening (and dancing) to all sorts of Latin music and hiphop. I look forward to work with all of you as a Fellowships tutor and Outings tutor. I will also be supporting Kirkland's IMs teams and will be hosting a weekly Spanish Table: todos estan bienvenidos! I am excited to have amazing conversations with all of you and to work together in creating an environment where we are all welcome and all of our experiences are valued.... Read more about Juanita Becerra

Eric Bersin

Eric Bersin

Resident Tutor
L-12
Tutor in: Engineering, Boat Club, Fellowships

Hey KHaus! I'm super excited to return to Kirkland this year along with my girlfriend, Kori. Originally from Chicago, 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 Space 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 our funding agencies. Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors, volunteering at the Boston Museum of Science, and singing with the Jameson Singers Choir. Come say hello at my office hours or stop by our room in L-12, and let's chat about the superiority of the German Beer Purity Law, interpretations of quantum mechanics, the proper way to tie a bow tie, and the continued relevance of polyphonic Renaissance music in a world fraught with harmonic monotony.... Read more about Eric Bersin

Alyssa Botelho

Alyssa Botelho

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

Hi Kirkland! James and I are thrilled to return to Kirkland House this year. I’m in my fourth year as an MD/PhD student at Harvard, and am pursuing my 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!... Read more about Alyssa Botelho

Kevin Carney

Kevin Carney

Resident Tutor
N-41
Tutor in: Econ, BGLTQ, Fellowships, Late Open Houses

I am a 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 look forward to getting to know you this year!... Read more about Kevin Carney

Kate Drizos Cavell

Kate Drizos Cavell

House Administrator
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, sophomore advising, and our truly wonderful community of Tutors, students, and staff. Outside of Kirkland, I'm a first-year PhD student at Boston College, studying Higher Education. 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: Fellowships, CS, Math

Hi Kirkland!  I'm very excited to return to the house community as the E-entryway Tutor. I'm a PhD candidate in Computer Science here at Harvard, where my research focuses on machine learning, wireless networks, computer vision, 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 another great year in the Kirkland community!

Dawn Comstock

Dawn Comstock

Resident Tutor
F-31
Tutor In: Pre-Med, Writing

Hi Kirkland House! Looking forward to joining the Kirkland community this year as the F-entryway tutor! I’m originally from Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College where I majored in Biology and Scandinavian Studies. I’m starting my fourth year as an MD/PhD student at Harvard, and pursuing my PhD in Immunology. Currently, I spend a lot of my time in lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute studying mechanisms of resistance to immune checkpoint blockade and working to identify potential new targets for immunotherapy. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and traveling. I’m excited to play IM sports, hang out in the D-hall, and have lots of conversations over coffee or tea!... Read more about Dawn Comstock

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 in North American and France before joining Romance Languages and, soon after, Visual and Environmental Studies.  My research is devoted to literature, cinema, and cartography.  Verena and I  consider Kirkland to be our House and Home, and its staff, students and affiliates all part of a wondrously extended family.  It is a delight and an honor to be where we are.... Read more about Tom Conley

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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. Last year I was on leave and spent time at the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Research Center in Washington D.C. I am working on two projects. The first, From the Colony to Ecology, focuses on a French colonial gardens, the Jardin d’Essai du Hamma in Algiers and the second on The Care of the Possible. In 2017-18, I will be teaching a course on “Politics of Aesthetics” (CPL 274) and another on “Mediterranean Crossings: Of Exiles, Migrants and Refugees” (FRE 174).  I have written books on post-World War II intellectual history, experimental women writers, ecology and technology. I also wrote a couple of creative texts. Among other things, I like to swim, hike, attend varsity and IM games or simply hang out. I look forward to another wonderful year at Kirkland House.... Read more about Verena Conley

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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!... Read more about Kevin Holden

Edie Johnson

Edie Johnson

Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
20 DeWolfe 38
Tutor In: BGLTQ, Wine Seminar, First Gen advising

Hi KHouse! Rachel and I are so excited to be joining you in Kirkland this year! You can find us in DeWolfe along with my dog, Cookie. We are both Kirkland House alums dedicated to bringing the Straus Cup back to its rightful home! I’m originally from a very small town (population <100) in Northern Minnesota and graduated from Harvard with a concentration in Engineering Sciences. I currently hold a record for the shortest commute to work - right up the street to the Office of Career Services!  Feel free to stop by and chat! Outside of work I'm a board game fanatic and I'm always looking for someone to play against so please ask about my growing game collection.... Read more about Edie Johnson

Marie Keil

Marie Keil

Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
A-26
Tutor In: IM Crew, Faculty Dean Retreat

Hey Kirkland! I’m so excited to begin my second year back in Kirkland as resident tutor, now in A entryway (sorry DeWolfe). 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 your Sophomore Advising Co-Coordinator, Intramural Crew tutor (we’re always recruiting!), and general Kirkland fanatic. After growing up in a small town in rural Oregon, 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. My other passions include rowing, baking, powerlifting, knitting, Shakespeare, and eating breakfast. My goal this year is to provide institutional memory in the post-Kelly Bodwin era, so ask me all about weird Kirkland trivia (What’s up with the Pumbaa costume? Why do we eat pelican? Who was the first SM?). You’ll always find me in the dining hall for breakfast, and for most dinners as well – I hope you’ll join me for a meal to chat about anything and everything!... Read more about Marie Keil