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Elliot Akama-Garren

Resident Tutor
F-31
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Race Relations, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Elliot and I’m looking forward to getting to know you over the course of my second year as a Resident Tutor. I’m in the MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School, where I’m doing my PhD in Immunology. Originally I grew up in California and went to MIT for undergrad, after which I spent two years in Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship doing cancer immunology research. Outside of lab I enjoy playing ice hockey, biking, and exploring Boston. Happy to discuss applying to medical school, fellowships, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Buse Aktas

Buse Aktas

Resident Tutor
K-21
Tutor in: Arts, STEM, International Student Advising

Merhaba, Kirkland - I’m excited for my second year as a tutor in K-Entry! I’m from Edirne, Turkey and a fourth year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering (SEAS) with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (AFVS). After undergrad at Princeton, I lived in Istanbul for several years where I had my own art studio (sculpture, installation, performance) and worked at a variety of jobs from R&D for household appliances, to urban design work with municipalities, to being a personal assistant to other -less struggling- artists. I completed my Master's in Istanbul, focusing my research on how contemporary art can collaborate with traditional craft practices. Currently I'm working on making soft robots have smarter bodies, improving engineering education practices, and infiltrating the world of engineering with artistic gestures. I’d be more than happy to chat about art, craft, science, education, culture, as well as interdisciplinary and international career paths. I look forward to meeting you all, and let's make some art together!

Lucia Baldock

Interim Building Manager
H-17 (Office)

Lucia 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 her office. The Building Manager issues key cards and keys for all entries, suites, and House facilities. Lucia 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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Rosa Baum

Resident Tutor
L-12
Tutor In: Conversations with Kirkland, Pre-Law coord.

Hi all! I’m incredibly excited to be in the Kirkland Community. I’m currently a dual degree student, pursuing a JD at the law school and a Masters in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. I hail from Colorado, with life having taken me for a great ride fo work (ie Mexico City where I was a legal services provider for migrants arriving in Mexico), study (Cairo, Egypt), play (I just competed in the World Ultimate (Frisbee) Club Championship), and pleasure (my most recent trip oversees was to work at a refugee camp on the island of Leros, Greece). I’m always up for a good chat about life, school, sports (I personally have played basketball, softball, baseball, football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee), or the future (I’m headed into public interest government work), and love getting out and about—the Colorado in me jumps at the opportunity to run, hike, or get out on the water. Whatever it is, let’s have some fun with it.

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Soha Bayoumi (she/her/hers)

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

Hello Kirkland! I am excited to start my fifth year in the wonderful community of Kirkland House, along with my husband, Ahmed Ragab, our child, Carmen, our cat, Jesse, and our puppy, Sophie (and a growing aquarium of freshwater fish!). 

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 experienced multiple facets of this 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 continue to teach, in addition to my responsibilities as the Allston Burr Resident Dean (ABRD) of Kirkland House.... Read more about Soha Bayoumi (she/her/hers)

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Eric Bersin

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor in: Engineering, Boat Club, Fellowships

Hey KHaus! I'm excited to return to Kirkland this year along with my wife, Kori. Originally from Chicago, I graduated from Kirkland in 2014, joint concentrating in {Biomedical Engineering} and {Chemistry and Physics}. At Harvard I had the privilege of performing with the Glee Club, the Krokodiloes, and the Bach Society Orchestra. After graduating, I spent a year in Munich on a Fulbright fellowship working at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. I'm currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at MIT, where I'm supported by a NASA Graduate Fellowship and work with Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. Accordingly, I tutor in Engineering, Fellowships, and Music. My research entails shooting lasers at diamonds in order to build quantum computers - or at least, that's what I tell our funding agencies. Outside work, I love spending time outdoors, volunteering with the Museum of Science, and singing. Come say hello at STEM office hours, chat me up about ways to fund your dream service/study trip, or come de-stress at our dog Dusty's Woofice Hours!

Kate Drizos Cavell

Kate Drizos Cavell

House Administrator
H-13 (Office)

I've been at Harvard since 2006 and have gotten to see the university from lots of different angles. 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 [and dogs]. Outside of Kirkland, I'm a PhD student at Boston College, where I study Higher Education. My office is under the Kirkland archway in H-Entry. Visitors are always welcome!

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Katia Chadaideh

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor In: Study Abroad, CARE, STEM, Dessert Open Houses, Tutor hiring coordinator

Hey there, Kirkland! I’m super excited to be back for my third year as a tutor in H-entryway! Born and raised in Orlando, I braved the Boston winters to pursue a PhD in human evolutionary biology here at Harvard. I’m studying the impacts of diet on the gut microbiome (my research makes me think a lot about food, so you’ll be seeing me in the dining hall often!). As an undergrad at Rollins College, I majored in biochemistry and anthropology, and had the chance to conduct fieldwork in Spain, Mexico, and Japan. I’d be thrilled to chat about all things science at the STEM table, and to help you find opportunities for lab experiences or travels abroad! In my free time, I love hiking/camping, yoga, and am trying to become a more consistent runner. Looking forward to an amazing year!

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Jaim Coddington

Resident Tutor
L-12
Tutor in: Pre-Career, Brew Club, Beer Seminar, IMs, Writing

Hey Kirkland House! I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and have always loved outdoor pursuits like hiking, camping, surfing, and fishing. I went to American University in DC for undergrad, where I studied foreign policy and Russian language. I traveled extensively in college and immediately after graduation, spending time in Russia, Brazil, and Azerbaijan. After coming back to the States, I worked for my dad's roofing company for a year while training for Marine Officer Candidate School. I then spent time on active duty in Texas, Hawaii, and Virginia. My most recent assignment was with an artificial intelligence project at the Pentagon, and in the past few years I have developed a passion for technology policy. I am an incoming Mid-Career Master in Public Administration student, and this will be my first semester as a tutor. I look forward to meeting all of you and building community together in Kirkland!

Dawn Comstock

Dawn Comstock

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med

Hi Kirkland House! Looking forward to my 4th year as a Tutor in Kirkland! I’m originally from Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College where I majored in Biology and Scandinavian Studies. I’m starting my seventh 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 cancer immunotherapy. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, eating brunch, and traveling. I’m excited to play IM sports, hang out in the Kirkland Dining Hall, and have lots of conversations over coffee or tea!... Read more about Dawn Comstock

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David Deming

Faculty Dean of Kirkland House
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

 

I grew up in Nashville, TN and after moving to Shaker Heights, OH when I was 15 I attended THE Ohio State University. After trying on several career paths, I found my way to Berkeley (where Janine and I met) and then Harvard. Apart from a year as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon, I’ve been at Harvard continuously since 2005. I am a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and also hold an appointment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am the Faculty Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at HKS. I teach Economics 1084, “The Causes and Consequences of Inequality”. My research focuses on education, technology, skills, labor markets and the future of work. I always enjoy conversation about the issues of the day, so come find me and let’s get into it. I’m an avid runner and a novice but eager skier. Thin crust pizza is better in general but nothing beats Pinocchio’s. It is a great honor and privilege to be your Faculty Deans!

 

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Anika Gupta

Resident Tutor
D-11
Tutor in: STEM, Faculty Engagement, Arts Outings

Hey there, Kirkland! I’m delighted to join the Kirkland family as a tutor alongside Raj. We’ll be running Fridays with Faculty and Arts Outings, and I’m excited to also advise in STEM. Originally from California, I’m currently a third year PhD student at Harvard and the Broad Institute using single cell genomics to better characterize what defines a cell’s identity. I studied at MIT for my undergrad (’18), where I became enamored by data science, biotech, and Boston. Outside of lab, I enjoy nature (hiking, climbing, biking), arts (singing, sketching, poetry), and as of recently, podcasting. I’m thrilled to get to know you all—please never hesitate to reach out!

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Kevin Holden

Poet-in-Residence
I-27

I'm very happy to continue this year as Kirkland's Writer-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 at the Harvard Society of Fellows, where I am writing about poetry and philosophy. I have published several books and chapbooks of poetry, as well as translations from French, German, and Russian. Here in Kirkland I organize poetry readings and events, and bring writers to the House for dinners and conversations. I am also one of the BGLTQ tutors and help out with fellowships in the fall. I also host an occasional writing table, where we read texts of our own or by writers we enjoy — everyone is welcome!

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Mohammed Jagana

Resident Tutor
A-26
Tutor in: Pre-Law, Social and Environmental Justice, Race Relations

Hey Kirkland! I’m extremely excited to be joining Kirkland House as a tutor this year! I’m originally from Seattle, WA (no, it does not rain everyday lol) and am in my second year at Harvard Law School. Before coming to law school, I spent a year in Amsterdam, Netherlands teaching English and researching education while on a Fulbright. I’m a pre-law advisor, but will also be helping out with Race Relations and Social & Environmental Justice programming. I’m happy to chat about hiking, travel adventures, and Harry Potter. I look forward to meeting you all!

Edie Johnson

Edie Johnson

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

Hi KHouse! Rachel and I are excited to be back as tutors for our fourth year! You can find us and my dog, Cookie, in DeWolfe 20-38. 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 worked at Harvard’s Office of Career Services for two years, and now I work at a startup called Virtudent (founded by one of Kirkland’s non-resident tutors). Outside of work, I love playing board games in the dining hall and am always looking for new players!
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