People

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

Linda Matarazzo

Linda Matarazzo

Academic Coordinator

As Academic Coordinator, I deal with the academic side of your student life. Please contact me if you need a friendly ear to listen, or if you have a question about: academic rules and regulations; academic deadlines; letters of recommendation; or Pre-Med and Pre-Law procedures. Read more about Linda Matarazzo

p: 617-495-2276
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!

Ahmed Ragab

Ahmed Ragab

Resident Scholar
D-21

I’m very delighted to be joining Kirkland house community with my wife, Soha Bayoumi, the Resident Dean, and our daughter, Carmen. By day, I’m the Richard T. Watson associate professor of science and religion at Harvard Divinity School and affiliate associate professor at the History of Science Department, the Standing Committee on Women, Gender and Sexuality and the Committee on the Study of Religion. I also direct of the Science, Religion and Culture program. I grew up in Cairo, Egypt and received my MD at Cairo University and then received my PhD in history of science at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France. By night (during the baseball season), I’m watching the Red Sox, reading sabermetrics and scouting reports. And on any given Sunday, it’s Patriots time! I’m a diehard Star Wars fan and there is always a new Sci Fi novel open on my kindle. At Kirkland, I’m excited to start and run the new Hicks Club. Inspired by, largely located in, and named after the Hicks House Library, the Club, which is starting this year, is a place to read, watch and chat about science fiction, history and horror and also to explore the Hicks’ vinyl collection. If you are interested in joining the Club or have new ideas, do let me know. I also hope to be a resource for those of you interested in the history of science, medicine and religion.

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!

Axel Oaks Takacs

Axel Oaks Takacs

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor in: Senior Common Room, Faculty Engagement, Conversations with Kirkland, Interfaith Relations

Hey Kirklanders! I am very excited to join the Kirkland House community with my wife, Kim, and our amazing poodle, Donovan. Raised in St. Louis, MO, I am a first-generation American born in Waterloo, Iowa, of a Hungarian father (a refugee) and an Italian mother (herself born and raised in Bordeaux, France). I moved to Cambridge when I started my Masters degree at Harvard Divinity School in 2008, and have lived here ever since, save for a one-year stint in Paris. I am currently in the doctoral program in the Study of Religion, writing my dissertation on a 9th-century ask me about it! :) Before Harvard, I was a high school teacher and a martial arts and fitness instructor. My official responsibility at Kirkland is organizing gatherings for the Senior Common Room, but I’ll be assisting in other areas, too. I am happy to converse with you about nearly any topic, with particular interests in the study of religion, Islamic studies, learning Arabic, Persian poetry, Italian, French, classical languages, comparative mysticism, philosophy, theology, and much more! In my spare time, I run along the Charles, battle the Harvard Stadium stairs, and play Words w/ Friends compulsively. If you ever want to play with our adorable poodle, let us know—he can play fetch for hours on end. Read more about Axel Oaks Takacs

Kim Oaks Takacs

Kim Oaks Takacs

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor in: HoCo Adviser, Public Service, KDS, Interfaith Relations

I’m so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Kirkland community for our first year as house tutors. I’m here with my husband, Axel, a doctoral student at Harvard Divinity School, and our dog, Donovan. I’m originally from Connecticut and went to Stonehill College to study Spanish and speech and language as an undergraduate. I got my Masters in communication sciences and disorders at Emerson College and have been living in Cambridge ever since. I now work as a speech-language pathologist for Riverside Cambridge-Somerville Early Intervention. I do home visits to provide communication and feeding therapy for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. I absolutely love my job so feel free to ask me about it. I also really love crafting, Pinterest-ing, Netflix-ing, cooking, drinking tea, feeling cozy, chatting, playing with our dog, hanging out with my little family, and traveling. At Kirkland, I’m involved with KDS, HoCo, and Public Service. I’m looking forward to learning more about you, please come by to chat!

Erin Walczewski

Erin Walczewski

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor In: Pre-Law, SASH

I'm a graduate of HLS and a corporate lawyer, mostly working with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. I also train new attorneys at my firm, and I teach at HLS. Outside work, I love writing and am really into movies. My husband Luke and I live here with our son Jack (4) and our daughter Kate (2), and we are excited to be back at Kirkland for our 9th year here! Read more about Erin Walczewski

Luke Walczewski

Luke Walczewski

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor In: Pre-Law, IMs, Brew Club

I'm happy to be at Kirkland for my 9th year as a resident tutor.  My wife Erin and I live in B-entryway along with our son Jack (born Feb. 2012) and daughter Kate (born April 2014).  I am a 2006 law school graduate and a 2016 graduate of HGSE, and I recently left my job as an Assistant Director of Athletics here at Harvard to start my own company.  Keeping with the sports theme, I also coordinate the Kirkland intramural sports program, and I expect to see each and every one of you at at least one IM event this year. It doesn't matter if you've never done a single athletically-related thing in your life—now is a great time to start! My other responsibilities around this place include helping out with the House pre-law program, running the Kirkland beer brewing club, and teaching the annual beer seminar. I want to get to know every single person in the House, so please don't hesitate to sit down and have a meal with us —Jack and Kate love company at their meals! Read more about Luke Walczewski

Dina Wang

Dina Wang

Resident Affiliate
I-41
Tutor In: Pre-Career, Art

Hi, Kirkland! My husband Rory Lindsay and I are excited to be returning as I-entryway tutors with our golden retriever, Arista. I'm also one of your pre-career coordinators (with Lumumba Seegars) and excited to help many of you successfully nail summer internships and transition into your first full-time jobs post-college. I am also an art tutor—if you need more painting or drawing in your life come find me! In my life outside Kirkland, I am a Principal at ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm that works with leaders of public and privately owned organizations on issues at the intersection of strategy and human capital. Prior to ghSMART, I was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where my focus was in healthcare. I graduated from Harvard in 2006 (Chemistry) and got my MBA at Harvard Business School in 2012, followed by a fellowship at HBS in disruptive innovation. I'm always up to talk dogs, books, and current events. I'm looking forward to meeting you all this year! Read more about Dina Wang