Morse Fellows

Morse College is a vibrant community. We would love to count you among us. The Fellows meet a few times per semester at the Head of College’s house, to interact with friends from all parts of the University and from the broader community. Many play the role of Advisor for a student or two. We extend invitations to student functions such as performances and college-wide social events, welcome participation at intramural sports, provide dining privileges in the college at lunch or dinner, all so you can meet with students, faculty and friends. Please join us - we welcome you!

A (7) | B (10) | C (11) | D (5) | E (2) | F (3) | G (7) | H (3) | K (12) | L (4) | M (10) | N (2) | O (1) | P (7) | Q (1) | R (6) | S (15) | T (2) | V (3) | W (5)

Jake Halpern

Author, journalist, and radio producer


Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of the Year.”  His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR’s All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both the New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly.  Jake’s most recent nonfiction book, Bad Paper (2014), was excerpted as a cover story for the New York Times Magazine. It was chosen as an Amazon “Book of the Year” and was a New York Times best seller.  Jake’s debut work of fiction, a young adult trilogy, Dormia, has been hailed by the American Library Association’s Booklist as a worthy heir to the Harry Potter series.  His most recent young adult novel, Nightfall (2015), was a New York Times best seller.  As a journalist, Jake has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, New York Magazine, and other publications.  In the realm of radio, Jake is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life.  Jake’s hour-long radio story, “Switched at Birth,” is on This American Life’s ”short list” as one of its top eight shows of all time.  Last, but not least, Jake is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University, where he teaches a class on journalism.  He recently returned from India where he was visiting as a Fulbright Scholar.  

Christopher Hawthorne

Senior Critic, Yale School of Architecture & Lecturer in English, Yale College


Christopher Hawthorne is a critic, author, and urban designer. He is Senior Critic at the Yale School of Architecture, with a secondary appointment in Yale College as Lecturer in English. He served from 2018 to 2022 as the first Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role he provided design oversight for major building and infrastructure projects across the city as well as launching initiatives related to housing, architecture, urban design, civic memory, and public art.

From 2004 to 2018 Hawthorne was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. His writing on architecture and the arts has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, Harvard Design Magazine, Architect, Architectural Record, Domus, and many other publications. With Alanna Stang, he is author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press).

His earlier teaching appointments include positions at the University of Southern California, Occidental College, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and U.C. Berkeley. A frequent collaborator with KCET-TV, the PBS affiliate in Los Angeles, Hawthorne wrote and directed the documentary “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles,” for which he received an L.A.-area Emmy Award. He also received an Emmy for his work as executive producer on KCET’s “Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne.” From 2015 to 2022, first at Occidental and then at USC, he led the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility, and demographic change in Southern California.

Hawthorne was the Fall 2022 Bernadette Ma Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design. He has been a Mid-Career Fellow at Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism Program and a Resident in Criticism at the American Academy in Rome.

Offers assistance in:

Academic advising for first-year students, Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen
Helping with events to explore and discuss the architecture of Morse (and Stiles) and the career of Eero Saarinen.

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Sam Hayek


Sam Hayek is a mechanical engineer, banker, consultant and business coach. He pursued a career in finance, having earned an MBA from Wharton. As a banker, Mr. Hayek led professional teams focused on financing and advising corporate and government clients throughout the United States and cross-border. In addition to leading a structured finance consultancy team, he oversaw numerous business improvement and information management projects. In 2010 Sam Hayek pursued a career transition into business coaching and consulting. In 2014 he earned his certification in career and personal coaching from NYU.


Mr. Hayek enjoys science and technology, medicine, languages, sports, as well as history, music and politics. 

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising

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