Resident Tutors

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Christine Baugh

Resident Tutor
J-31
Tutor In: Writing, Public Health, Outings, Athletes' Table

Hi Kirkland! I'm Christine, resident tutor in J entryway with my husband Gil, perhaps most readily recognized as the pet-parent to the fluffiest resident of Kirkland, Boogie. I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mental Health Policy at Harvard Medical School. As previous graduate of the College (History and Science, 2010), BU School of Public Health (Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, 2012), and Harvard GSAS (PhD in Health Policy), I am excited to help anyone navigating graduate school applications or interested in non-clinical health careers. I look forward to continuing as a public health, writing, and now athlete tutor here in Kirkland. I love coffee, dogs, and the dining hall, and I would love to chat anytime.... Read more about Christine Baugh

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Rosa Baum

Resident Tutor
G-23
Tutor In: Pre-Law, IMs

Hi all! I’m incredibly excited to be joining 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.... Read more about Rosa Baum

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Eric Bersin

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

Hey KHaus! I'm excited to return to Kirkland this year along with my girlfriend, 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 at the Museum of Science, and singing. Come say hello at 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, and the continued relevance of polyphonic Renaissance music in a world fraught with harmonic monotony.

Alyssa Botelho

Alyssa Botelho

Resident Affiliate
D-11
Tutor in: Arts Outings

Hi Kirkland! James and I are thrilled to return to Kirkland House this year. I’m in my fifth 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, rock climbing, and the great outdoors (we love hiking/camping). We look forward to seeing you all!... Read more about Alyssa Botelho

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Kevin Carney

Resident Tutor
C-42
Tutor in: Econ, BGLTQ, Fellowships, Late Open Houses

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a tutor in C-entryway along with my partner, Spencer Smith. My academic interests are in development economics and behavioral economics, and I do field research in Kenya. 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 enjoy travel, classical music, and running. I look forward to getting to know you this year!... Read more about Kevin Carney

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Katia Chadaideh

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor In: Study Abroad, Science Outings, CARE, STEM

I’m super excited to be joining Kirkland 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 currently in my fourth year, 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 meeting you all!

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

Hi Kirkland House! Looking forward to another 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 fifth 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 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 excited to be back as tutors for our second 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'm a board game fanatic and I'm always looking for someone to play against so please ask about my growing game collection.
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Marie Keil

Marie Keil

Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
A-26
Tutor In: IM Crew, Faculty Dean Retreat, Dessert Open Houses, Wine Seminar, Writing

Hey Kirkland! I’m so excited to be back for another year in Kirkland, proudly living in A entry (go A-team!). By day, I work at the Institute of Politics, where I help manage a variety of student programs. 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. You may also have seen me in my former life as a staff member at the Freshman Dean’s Office, where I worked on social and residential programming to support students in their first year at Harvard. My other passions include breakfast food, Shakespeare, baking, powerlifting, knitting, and rowing. 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!

Rory Lindsay

Rory Lindsay

Senior 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 fifth year as I-entryway tutors. I graduated with my PhD in Tibetan and South Asian religions in May, and I'm the senior 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!
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Katherine Mateo

Resident Tutor
N-41
Tutor in: Pre-Law, Race Relations, First Gen advising, Spanish Table

Hi Kirkland! I’m very excited to be part of this community. I am from Philadelphia, PA and am in my second year of the joint degree program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School. I am a pre-law advisor, a race relations advisor, and I host a Spanish table in the dining hall. Swing by if you’d like to chat!... Read more about Katherine Mateo

Julia Pian

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med

Hi Kirkland! My name is Julia and I am excited to be rejoining the Kirkland community. I'm from sunny San Diego, but now call this freezing place home. I graduated from Kirkland in 2015, concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology, with a secondary field in English. Currently, I am an MD/MBA candidate dividing my time between the Longwood and Allston campuses. I'm happy to chat about science, medicine, the MD/MBA path and other joint degree programs. In my spare time, I am a theater aficionado (always game for a musical sing-along or a discussion of Shakespeare), martial artist and pasta/udon lover.... Read more about Julia Pian

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Luca Politi

Resident Tutor
M-12
Tutor In: Art, KDS, Fellowships

I graduated in 2015 from Princeton, where I was also on the fencing team. During the following year I studied in Pisa, Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship. I am now a graduate student in Harvard's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, focusing on Italian literature from around the Middle Ages and Renaissance. I'm looking forward to learning about your ideas and pursuits – let's have a meal in the dining hall, or come visit me and Serena (my kitten) in M entryway. It's a joy and privilege to live with you this year!... Read more about Luca Politi

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, rock climbing, or watching the 2015, 2017, and 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. I’m entering my third 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!