Scholar-in-Residence Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Peter Q. Blair is on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he co-directs the Project on Workforce. He serves as a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the principal investigator of the BE-Lab — a research group with partners from Harvard University, Clemson University, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His group’s research focuses on the link between the future of work and the future of education, labor market discrimination, occupational licensing, and residential segregation.
Blair received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his M.Sc. in theoretical physics from Harvard University, and his B.Sc. in physics and mathematics from Duke University. He is the youngest of his parents’ seven sons, and got his start understanding markets by selling fruit and vegetables in the Bahamas in the Nassau Straw Market with his brothers.
Writer-in-Residence I-27 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows
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!
Eric Kuenstner lives in D entryway with Leslie and their dog Zwiebel. Eric serves as a second year adviser to Kirkland students interested in chemistry. He has a PhD in chemistry and works as a senior scientist at Entasis Therapuetics, a drug development company that focuses on antibiotic discovery. Outside of his work, Eric enjoys rock climbing, motorcycling, photography, and cross-country skiing. Eric would never admit it, but he is also a clothing model for Foehn. Unfortunately for Eric, he is married to a prankster, who wrote this bio unbeknowst to him.