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 (2018-2019)

Matthew Blake

Hello! My name is Matthew, and I am a first-year student at the Divinity School. I majored in literary studies at Middlebury College, and I am interested in teaching religious studies and literature after my time at YDS. I have experience tutoring and editing essays so reach out if you need any academic writing support! If you are also considering the div school as a post-undergrad option, please let me know! 


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!



Henry Burnam

Music, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Anna Duensing

My name is Anna Duensing and I am a fourth 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.


Robert Flatow

Hi TD! I’m Robbie, and I’m a second-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!



Sarah Fox

Divinity School


Sumita Ghosh

Hey! (Yeah, I’m jumping on the greeting-followed-by-an-exclamation -point bandwagon). I’m a third-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.)


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!


Nicholas Huston

My name is Nick Huston and I am a second year PhD student in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. I came to Yale after taking four years off, working as a research assistant in both academic and industry settings in Boston, experiences that motivated me to get my PhD in the first place. I currently study the genome structure of West Nile Virus, a virus with a single-stranded RNA genome that is thought to play a couple different functional roles. I am looking forward to helping out with Mellon forum, and getting to know everybody!


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!


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.


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!


Claire Repsholdt

Claire is in her second year of her master’s of divinity at Yale Divinity School. She hails from Mundelein, IL, but as a recent graduate of Indiana University she’s especially fond of The Hoosier State. Her family is small, Lutheran, and conversational. She arrived at Divinity via History and finds herself seeking the sublime in such stuff as the French Revolution and the Rite of Spring. Though William Faulkner is her favorite author, lately, she’s found herself really digging into the poetry of the Hebrew bible. Through her studies at YDS, she’s preparing to witness the future of the church by thinking creatively about how to adapt theology, liturgy, and the historic preservation of sacred space to meet the spiritual needs of today’s world. She is prayerfully curious to discover exactly how and where her future ministry work will take shape - in parishes? in prisons? in yoga studios? - but she is certain it will be colorful. 


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!



Charles (Gus) Steyer

Ashé, TD!
My name is Gus and I’m a joint masters student at the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before grad school, I worked in architecture, energy policy, and wilderness therapy. I love backpacking, singing, motorcycling, and lying in bio statements. Hope to see you all around!


Alex Werrell

Hey y’all, and Áshe! My name is Alex. I am a part-time graduate student in the English department and a member of Timothy Dwight since ‘13; since graduating, I have taught high school English here in New Haven. I love talking about books and art history and opera, and particularly love the history and literature of the American South. I’m lookig forward to meeting y’all. (And please email me if you’re interested in pursuing a career in education!).


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!