Graduate Affiliates

Hey TD! We are the TD Grad Affiliates and we’re excited to meet you! We’re a group of graduate and professional students who are interested in working with, giving back to, and learning from the TD undergrad community. Our main function within the college is mentoring seniors on thesis presentations for Mellon Forums. We’re a great resource for students in both social and academic contexts. Feel free to ask us about grad school life, the process of applying to grad programs, New Haven life outside of Yale College, life after college, the “real world,” or anything really! We’re a growing program and we’re all really friendly, so feel free to say hi if you see us around the courtyard.


Head Graduate Affiliate

Claire Repsholdt

Hi there–I’m Claire, third year M.Div. student en route to ordination as a parish minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I am from Mundelein, IL, but as a graduate of Indiana University I’m especially fond of The Hoosier State. I arrived at Divinity via History and find myself seeking the sublime in such stuff as the French Revolution and the Rite of Spring. Through my studies at YDS, I’m preparing to steel the Lutheran church for at minimum another 502 glorious years by thinking creatively about how to adapt theology, liturgy, and the historic preservation of sacred space to meet current opportunities. I’m not sure what my future work will look like, but I’m sure it will be colorful. Please find me to contemplate the mysteries of life and higher education. 

Email: claire.repsholdt@yale.edu

Graduate Affiliates (2019-2020)

Matthew Blake

I am a second-year M.Div. candidate from the farmlands of central New Jersey. I am primarily interested in questions related to cross-cultural theology. How do different religions offer guiding principles for what constitutes a wholesome existence? How do different traditions conceive of the spiritual and psychological factors that hinder human flourishing? I am particularly interested in how Buddhism and Christianity converge and diverge in their respective imaginations of the good life. I also enjoy reading religious poetry and thinking about the role of form in communicating spiritual insight. After YDS, I would like to teach religious studies and lead artistic enrichment at a secondary school. I have experience working as a writing tutor, so reach out if you are looking for advice about structuring an essay or developing an excellent thesis statement.

Email: matthew.blake@yale.edu

Henry Burnam

Hi, TD! I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Music. I’m originally from San Francisco, although I’ve lived most recently in Berlin and Boston. Much of my research focuses on critically examining what happens when music theorists (self-described or otherwise) make claims about, or set up comparisons between, constructs they refer to with names like “musical systems,” and on analyzing how these sorts of theoretical claims are influenced by their cultural and technological contexts. In my spare time, I also enjoy playing the piano (both solo and in chamber groups), hiking, and bicycling. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and to another great year at TD! 

Email: henry.burnam@yale.edu

Pricila Chavez Lara

Community Orchestra Conductor

I am a second year MAR c.WGSS candidate. I was born in Playas de Rosarito, B.C., Mexico, and raised in Southern California. I have traveled to 20+ countries doing social justice advocacy among leading world peace makers. My work uses music as a vehicle for social change and defense of human rights (foci: mental health, race, immigration law, and LGBTQ+ issues). Recently, I have been delving into conflict resolution, as it pertains to Muslim - Christian relations, as well as effective practices of dialogue.

E-mail: pricila.chavezlara@yale.edu

Xinyi Chen

Hello! I’m Xinyi and I’m a 3rd year physics PhD student. I study cosmology, specifically the universe’s largest scale structure and dark energy. I’m from Hangzhou, a beautiful city in China, and I went to University of Michigan for undergrad. Outside physics, I like films, calligraphy, playing the piano, and baking. I also enjoy learning all kinds of new things. If you need advice on your senior thesis, or need someone to proofread your essay, or want to know what grad school is like, or just want to chat, feel free to contact me! I’m excited to be part of the TD community and I look forward to knowing, helping and working with you!

E-mail: xinyi.chen@yale.edu

Lucero Estrella

Hello everyone! My name is Lucero, and I am a second-year PhD student in American Studies. I am from Brownsville, a border town in South Texas, and I studied Latinx Studies and Japanese at the University of Texas at Austin before coming to Yale. My research interests include Mexican, U.S., and Japanese history, race and ethnicity, and Border studies. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about doing independent research, are interested in ethnic studies, or want to talk about graduate school. I look forward to meeting y’all.

E-mail: lucero.estrella@yale.edu

Robbie Flatow

Hi TD! I’m Robbie, and I’m a third-year J.D. student at the law school. Though I’m originally from New York City, my TD roots run deep as well: in addition to being a grad affiliate, I am a 2016 alum of TD was a FroCo in the college. TD remains my favorite place at Yale, and I look forward to continuing to get to know the next generation of students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you think I could have advice or perspective that is helpful for you. Àshe!

E-mail: robert.flatow@yale.edu

Sumita Ghosh

Hey! (Yeah, I’m jumping on the greeting-followed-by-an-exclamation -point bandwagon). I’m a fourth-year PhD student, and I use lasers to look for dark matter. I went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, and I have a background in materials science, electrical engineering, computer science, and robotics, and now my main focus is physics. I also like to make stuff - I’ve been sewing, knitting, crocheting, making jewelry, and doing origami for the past 17 years, and I have experience with a bunch of other crafting things. If you want advice about any of that, I’d be honored to give it. If you’re more interested in political science or linguistics or any humanities at all, I’d love to learn from you. Either way, please come talk to me if you see me literally anywhere. (Please.)

Email: sumita.ghosh@yale.edu

Sarah Hallowell

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Hallowell and I am a second-year MBA student at the School of Management. I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and did my undergrad in Economics at University of North Carolina – avid 76ers and Tar Heels fan. Prior to Yale, I worked as a management consultant for Boston Consulting Group. I have been involved in projects with the Philadelphia Fire Department and the Mexico City Police Department over the last few years, and am super interested in organizational behavior, particularly in the public sector. I am excited to be a part of this community, and happy to answer questions about consulting for anyone considering it!

Email: sarah.hallowell@yale.edu

Nicholas Huston

Hey everybody! I’m Nick, and I’m a 3rd year PhD student in MB&B studying the structure and function of the West Nile Virus genome. I’m originally from New Jersey, was a student-athlete (swimming) right around the corner at Wesleyan, and after graduation moved to Boston where I worked full-time as a researcher at an academic hospital and then a biotech start-up. I’m happy to talk with anybody about the trials and tribulations I encountered on my circuitous route back to grad school. Please feel free to reach out, and I’m looking forward to getting to work with you all!

E-mail: nicholas.huston@yale.edu

Micah Jones

Hello! My name is Micah. I’m a TD alum who graduated in the class of 2016.  I started a PhD. program in History and African American Studies in Fall 2017. My research is focused on the United States in the 20th century. Specifically, I look at the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement. I’m a proud Southerner, originally from Georgia. Its been six years and I still can’t handle the winter.  If you see me around the courtyard, please feel free to commiserate, and to say hi!

E-mail: micahc.jones94@gmail.com

Juliana Lawrence

Hello! My name is Juliana, and I’m a fourth year MD student from Los Angeles, California. Before Yale, I studied biochemistry and global politics at California State University, Los Angeles. I’m interested in global health and policy (my research right now focuses on public health and outcomes), and I love hiking/backpacking, reading weird science fiction, and exploring New Haven. If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to get in touch! I’m excited to meet all of you!

E-mail: juliana.lawrence@yale.edu

Jonathan Marquez

Hello, I’m a TD alum who graduated in 2013. I am originally from Spring, Texas. I am now working on a joint MD/PhD. My research largely revolves around the developmental biology and genetics of birth defects. I am planning to go into Pediatrics afterwards. My interests include biomedical innovation, health reform, soccer, and turtles. I look forward to meeting yall.

Email: jonathan.marquez@yale.edu

Dylan O’Connell

Hey everyone! I’m Dylan, and I’m starting my fourth year of a Ph.D in Statistics & Data Science. I love to row, run, and read. I’m always happy to chat, be it about navigating grad school admissions, statistics in academia & industry, your day, or anything at all. I love being part of the broader TD community, and I can’t wait to meet all of you.

E-mail: dylan.oconnell@yale.edu

Lauren Patrick

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I’m a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience area of Psychology. I’m originally from Southern California and I studied Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and Economics at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to Yale. My research utilizes behavioral, neuroimaging and computational techniques to examine motivation and cognitive control in the domains of human decision making and goal pursuit. I look forward to being a part of the TD community!

Email: lauren.patrick@yale.edu

Sandra Sánchez

Welcome! My name is Sandra Sánchez (she/her/hers) and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the History Department. Before coming to New Haven, I completed my undergraduate degree in History, Chinese Literature & Language and Indigenous Studies at the University of Kansas. I am deeply passionate about equity and inclusivity in academia and welcome any questions about navigating university life as an underrepresented student. Outside of work, I enjoy drawing, playing instruments and exploring New Haven and Connecticut.

Email: sandra.sanchez@yale.edu

Dan Stein

Ashé! I’m Dan, and I’m a 2L at the law school. I graduated from Yale College in 2015, where I was a first-year counselor in TD! Between college and law school, I served on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, worked in the office of U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, and fought to expand voting access in North Carolina. Please reach out to talk law school, public service, baseball, New Haven’s great food scene, or anything else! Looking forward to seeing you around the courtyard.

Email: dan.stein@yale.edu

Charles Troup

Hi everyone – my name is Charlie Troup and I’m a second-year PhD student in History. I’m originally from a town in the North-West of the UK near Manchester, but lived in Oxford for five years as an undergraduate and then as a Master’s student. I’m interested in the intellectual and political history of modern Europe, and especially the history of neoliberalism. If you’re working on any related topics in history or political theory, let me know – I’d love to help you out with the Mellon Forum! I’m also happy to advise if you have any questions about what studying in the UK as an exchange or postgraduate student might be like. Outside graduate school I love going to concerts, playing the flute, watching soccer and hiking. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

E-mail: charles.troup@yale.edu

Claire Young

Hey! I’m Claire, I’m a 2nd year MPH at Yale School of Public Health. I was TD Class of 2019 and I’m happy to be back on campus as a graduate fellow! Currently, I am researching HIV testing during antenatal care in Eastern and Southern Africa on behalf of UNICEF, but I have also done fieldwork in Brazil, Burkina Faso, and Kenya. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the five year BA-MPH program, studying abroad or applying for grant funding from Yale, or just want to chat. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Email: claire.young@yale.edu

Elton Zhou

Hey TD! My name is Elton and I am a second year medical student. I graduated from Yale College in 2015 and spent time consulting and doing clinical research before starting medical school. I like playing and watching sports, hiking, baking, and sleeping. Most importantly, I have a uncontrollably friendly dog named Kwame that you may see around the courtyard. Ashé.

Email: elton.zhou@yale.edu