Welcome to the Yard and to Mower, a most magical place! Hailing from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina (population: 1,500), I have called Harvard home for the last 11 years, and am living proof that life is a rich, meandering, non-linear adventure. Over the last decade, I earned three Master’s degrees (MTS ’08, ThM ’09, and EdM ’12), served five years as Department Administrator in the Freshman Dean’s Office, and have been a proctor for five years. In the fall of 2017, I return to the classroom as a PhD candidate studying the intersection of religion, education, and politics. In my free time, I love traveling (summer 2017 I visited Greece, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Italy!), backcountry hiking (in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington), kayaking, baking (made-from-scratch cookies, anyone?), and sampling Boston’s amazing food scene.
Welcome to Harvard, freshmen! I am originally from Albany, NY and majored in biology and psychology at Williams College, MA. After doing a brief but enjoyable stint at UCLA’s psychology department, Massachusetts called me back to complete a PhD in Social Psychology here. I’m a second year, so I’m still learning what Harvard is all about, but I’m happy with what I’ve seen thus far! When I’m not researching dominance hierarchies and race, I fill my time cooking, taking pictures, and watching animé. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
Director of the First-Year Experience Director for Community and Diversity Programs
I grew up in Bakersfield, California (land of delicious Basque food, miles of agriculture, and country greats like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens). After a fun and eventful childhood in the Central Valley, I moved to Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a degree in communication studies and political science. My journey to Harvard began after I applied on a whim (the deadline was extended). I accepted and enrolled at Harvard Divinity School to pursue a Master's of Theological Studies (MTS). After meeting my husband, great friends, and falling in love with New England seasons, I am continuing my studies here as a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion. Me and my family are excited to meet and welcome the awesome Class of 2021!