Assistant Dean of Harvard College
Lecturer, Department of English
As the Resident Dean of Leverett House - the largest House at Harvard - some days I'm a coach, some days I'm a mentor, and some days I'm a counselor, all depending on what students need. My educational path was nontraditional and included a significant break, my professional roles have ranged from film production to cancer research coordination, and I spent the past four years at the United States Military Academy at West Point as a professor and Dean. My blend of experiences that have helped widen my view of higher education (and the world) and equipped me with tools to assist students in developing as whole people.
I received my BA from Columbia University in English & Comparative Literature, my MA from Columbia University Teachers College in Psychology in Education, and my PhD from Boston College in English Literature. As a teacher and researcher, I focus on 20th – 21st century American literature with a specialty in immigration. I write about the ways in which narratives (fiction, nonfiction, and film) both reflect and influence political policies and social change. As a professor, I work to create courses that are interdisciplinary, engaging, and unique. I meet my students at their individual points of interest, which is how I also approach my role as an ABRD.
In my spare time, I enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer with my children, Jack and Avery, and our dog Millie. We can often be found playing in the courtyards, exploring different neighborhoods, and finding new restaurants.
I transitioned to Harvard in the summer of 2020 after four years at West Point. Prior to that, I spent time at Boston College, teaching in the English Department as well as serving as a freshman advisor.
Cambridge, MA 02138