Resident Tutors

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

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

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

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

Rory Lindsay

Rory Lindsay

Resident Tutor
I-41
Tutor In: Music, Wellness, Writing

Hi, Kirkland! My wife Dina Wang and I are excited to return to Kirkland for a fourth year as I-entryway tutors. I'm currently a PhD student in Tibetan and South Asian religions, and I'm the Senior Tutor, 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 seeing 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 complete a PhD in theoretical physics. I am currently a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, and am glad to be returning to the house for a sixth 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 answer your questions about physics and grad school. 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 3rd and final year. I have one year under my belt as a Kirkland tutor focused on career paths, 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

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 return to Kirkland House this year. Originally from San Francisco, you can usually find me reading, running, playing video games, shooting hoops, or watching the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. I’m entering my second 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 seeing you all!

Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith

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

Hello, Kirkland! I'm a second-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. See you in the dining hall!

Channing Spencer

Channing Spencer

Resident Tutor
M-12
Tutor In: Pre-Career, Race Relations, Fellowships
Hi Kirkland! I’m super excited to be the M-entry tutor, as well as one of your Pre-Careers, Fellowships, and Race Relations tutors. A native of South Florida, I’m currently a PhD student in Organizational Behavior, a joint program between HBS and the Department of Sociology. My research interests include entrepreneurship, organizational change/transformation, and diversity & inclusion. Before starting my PhD, I graduated from Harvard College (Social Studies), and worked at Microsoft in product marketing and Pearson PLC in product strategy for ed tech. Come say “hey!” if you spot me around or sit with me in the D-hall any time! I’d be happy to chat about life at Harvard and beyond, including careers (especially “non-conventional” paths), fellowships, guilty-pleasure shows you’re binging, de-stressing, or anything else you think I’d be able to help with!