Resident 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. Read more about Eric Bersin

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.  Read more about Kelly Bodwin

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! Read more about Alyssa Botelho

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! Read more about Kevin Carney

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. Read more about Philip Gant

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.

Rory Lindsay

Rory Lindsay

Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
I-41
Tutor In: Music, Wellness, Writing

Hi, Kirkland! My wife Dina Wang and I are thrilled to return to Kirkland for a third year as I-entryway tutors. I'm currently a PhD student in Tibetan and South Asian religions, and am the Sophomore Advising Coordinator (with Kate Cavell), the religious studies tutor, a music tutor, and a writing tutor. I'm also on the wellness team and the international experience team. Before coming to Kirkland, I was a proctor at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and I also spent a year living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Throughout my undergrad (religious studies, philosophy) and master's (Tibetan and South Asian religions) at the University of Toronto, I played in indie rock bands and produced a few records along the way. I look forward to meeting you all this year! Read more about Rory Lindsay

Alex Lupsasca

Alex Lupsasca

Resident Tutor
C-42
Tutor In: Kirkland Drama Society, French Table, Wine Seminar, Physics

Bonjour! I graduated from Kirkland in physics and math in 2011, and then stayed on at Harvard to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics. I am glad to be returning to the house for a fifth year as the resident tutor in C entryway. As an undergrad, I loved performing as a supporting character in the Kirkland Drama Society's theatrical productions, and now I'm happy to serve as a KDS tutor. KDS is always fun(ny) and I encourage you to join the cast (and attend the shows!). Of course, I will also be delighted to help you with your physics homework, or answer any grad school related questions. Finally, if you want to practice your Français, do join us at our friendly and vibrant French table! You are always welcome to drop by C-42 for a chat (and/or a cup of espresso) and I hope to meet many of you in the dining hall! Read more about Alex Lupsasca

Adora Mora

Adora Mora

Resident Tutor
G-23
Tutor in: Pre-Career, Race Relations, International Experience

Hi there Kirklanders! I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Harvard in 2010. Afterward, I spent five years in NYC in investment banking at Barclays Capital and then at an education nonprofit called the Harlem Children's Zone where my focus was on operational strategy and program innovation. I am currently a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in the MPP/MBA program entering my 2nd year. I am excited to join the Kirkland family and advise on career paths, public service, race relations and study abroad experiences. My first love is dance - I've tried countless forms - and also love to chat about food, share funny stories about my seven other siblings, discuss how to we can improve equality of opportunity for all young people, and learn more about cool and interesting people - like you! Read more about Adora Mora

Sarvagna Patel

Sarvagna Patel

Resident Tutor
M-12
Tutor In: Pre-Med, Chemistry

Hey there Kirkland House! I’m the M-entry resident tutor as well as one of the pre-med tutors. Originally from India and New Jersey, I am MD student in the joint HST program between HMS and MIT. I am currently taking a research year between by 3rd and 4th years of med school.  I graduated from Harvard (and Kirkland!) in 2013 and concentrated in MCB with a GHHP secondary. During my undergraduate years, I spent most of my time on Dharma, the Hindu Students’ Association, teaching/tutoring various chem courses, and Alzheimer’s disease research at Brigham and Women’s. I also got to spend a summer in Chile! During med school, I've done some translational research related to the treatment of neuroblastoma at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and served on a medical education curriculum committee. I have interests in science education, and sports (especially the Red Sox!). I'm also a huge TV and movie watcher.  Please do say hello if you spot me or sit with me in the D-Hall any time! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in Kirkland, a true home away from home. Read more about Sarvagna Patel

James Pollack

James Pollack

Resident Tutor
D-11
Tutor in: Conversations with Kirkland, Brew Club, Pre-Law

Hi Kirkland! Alyssa and I are so excited to join Kirkland House this year. Originally from San Francisco, you can usually find me watching Warriors games or reading novels. I’m starting my first year of the Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School JD-MPP joint degree program. Before graduate school, I graduated from Harvard College, and spent two years working on Capitol Hill for my Congresswoman doing a combination of legislative and communications work. Alyssa 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!

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! Read more about Kylie Sago

Lumumba Seegars

Lumumba Seegars

Resident Tutor
K-21
Tutor In: Kirkland Drama Society, Music, Race Relations, Pre-Career, Psychology

I am a tutor in K-Entryway, and I’m starting my third year of graduate school in the PhD program in Organizational Behavior (joint with Harvard Business School and the Psychology Department). Before graduate school, I spent time working as a high school math and special education teacher, actor and singer, political campaign staffer, and ministerial assistant. I graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies in 2009. In Kirkland, I have the pleasure of serving as a psychology adviser as well as being a member of the Pre-Career, Race Relations, Kirkland Drama Society, and Music teams! I’m originally from Houston, Texas, and I love southern food, football, and random memes! Read more about Lumumba Seegars

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!