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

Kelly Culhane

Hey! I’m Kelly and I am a PhD candidate in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.  I study the structure and function of G protein coupled receptors that are involved in bone growth and remodeling, and eventually hope to teach and start my own lab.  For the Mellon forum, I would be thrilled to help with topics relating to biology, chemistry and medical research.  I’m looking forward to getting to know the TD community!


Graduate Affiliates (2017-2018)

Michael Boyle

Hello and Ashé, TD! My name is Michael and I graduated in 2010 after four amazing years living in the best college at Yale (TD, obviously). I’m currently a second year medical student here and I’m so excited to be returning to TD and to meet all of you. I’m looking forward to helping you with Mellon Forums, organizing fun activities, and providing whatever advice I can. A bit about me: after graduating, I worked here in a biomedical engineering lab for two years before moving home to San Francisco, where I worked at Google until I returned here last year. I’m interested in space and aviation, and I enjoy the outdoors and programming. Most importantly, I just got married to my beautiful wife! If you see me in the dining hall or the courtyard, come say hi or toss me a frisbee!


Anna Duensing

My name is Anna Duensing and I am a third year PhD student in History and African American Studies. I come from the U.S. Virgin Islands by way of Virginia and spent my time before graduate school working in public history, education, and radio/music in New York as well as in Germany. I look forward to being a part of the TD community! Please do not hesitate to reach out, particularly regarding matters of history, memory, museums, and music.


Kristin Hankins

Hi everyone! My name is Kristin and I’m a third year PhD student in American Studies. Before starting graduate school I worked at a public art organization. I’m interested in urban history, public space, visual studies, and ethnography. Outside of graduate school, I like spending time with my cat and baking. I’m excited about joining the TD community and am looking forward to meeting everyone!

Jonathan Marquez

Hi I’m Jon, I’m a TD alum who graduated in 2013. I am originally from a little north of Houston, Texas. I am now working on a joint MD/PhD. My research has largely revolved around cancer and developmental genetics. My interests include biomedical innovation, health reform, genetics, oncology, development, soccer, bacon, and turtles. I look forward to meeting y’all if I haven’t already.


Sid Mishra

Hi all! My name is Sid and I’m a second year MBA student at the School of Management. I’m originally from India, coming to New Haven by way of the UK and Canada. I did my undergrad at McGill in Canada, majoring in Economics and International Development. Prior to business school, I worked as a commercial banker in Ottawa, Canada and have experience in finance, economics and business. Outside of work, I love soccer, food (cooking and eating) and binge-watching TV shows! I look forward to getting to know all of you!


Dylan O’Connell

Hey everyone! I’m Dylan, and I’m in my second year of my Ph.D in statistics here at Yale. I love rowing, running, hiking, and watching and playing all manner of games. I’m always happy to chat, be it about navigating grad school admissions, topics related to statistics, your day, or anything at all. I’m super excited to be part of the TD community, and can’t wait to meet all of you.

Lauren Patrick

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I’m a second 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!


Sasha Sabherwal

Hi everyone! My name is Sasha and I’m a third year PhD student in American Studies. I study religion in the South Asian diaspora, with attention to questions of gender and sexuality. In the past, I worked at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and am interested in public-facing humanities. Feel free to ask me any questions about ethnic studies, working in a museum setting, the stakes of doing transnational work, and graduate school in general. I’m excited to meet you all throughout the year!



Emma Sokoloff-Rubin

Hi TDers! My name is Emma, and I’m in my second year of law school. I was in TD as an undergrad and love spending time in the courtyard. Between college and law school, I worked as a journalist covering human rights in Latin America and education in NYC. I look forward to meeting you. Àshe!


Roseanna Sommers

Hey folks! My name is Roseanna and I’m a joint degree student in law and psychology. My work uses insights from psychology to critique theories of human cognition and behavior embedded in legal doctrine. I am really excited about joining the TD family and I’m looking forward to getting to meet all of you over the coming months! I have experience in the following fields: law & policy, psychology & other social sciences, ethics, health, and education. And I’m always looking to learn something new!


Clara Wilson-Hawken

Hi everyone! I’m Clara, and I’m a third year PhD student in American and African American Studies. My work focuses on early twentieth century African American literature, performance, and property ownership. For the Mellon forum, I would love to help with topics ranging from American history to literature and music. I’m excited to be joining the TD community, and I look forward to meeting you throughout the semester!


Lauren Wyman

Hi TD ! I’m Lauren, a second year joint degree student between the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the School of Management. I’m originally from Ohio and studied Ecology at Princeton. Before coming to Yale, I worked for the UN in Latin America, and can talk all day about peace, conflict and the environment. Looking forward to helping out with the Mellon Forum this year and getting to know you all!