Welcome to Grays! My name is Alison Chapman, and I am a preceptor in Harvard's Writing Program, where I teach classes on art and literature. I also serve as the Writing Director for "Hum 10," Harvard's flagship introductory humanities class for first-year students. Originally from Toronto, Canada, I came to Harvard in the fall of 2009 to begin my PhD in English, which I finished a couple of years ago. I live with my husband James (a PhD candidate in political theory and an editor at Harvard University Press) and our large and friendly dog, Stella (whose concentration is still "undeclared.") I've been a proctor since the Fall of 2012, and I have used this time to develop the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe for study breaks. I can't wait to meet you and introduce you to all that Harvard has to offer!
I studied computer science and bioinformatics at Brigham Young University. After my graduation in 2009 I spent a year in Berlin, Germany studying and doing research. While in Germany, I went on an epic road trip from Berlin to Venice on which I set a new personal land speed record on the Autobahn. It was good that I got that out of my system, because my driving speeds have been somewhat restricted ever since coming to Boston nine years ago to study medical engineering in the Health Sciences and Technology PhD program at MIT and Harvard. I graduated last summer and am currently a postdoc at the medical school studying genome editing. This will be my eighth year as a proctor, and my family and I are excited to welcome you to the best entryway in the yard: Grays Middle.
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. My family and I are excited to meet and welcome the awesome Class of 2023!