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 (4) | B (8) | C (5) | D (4) | E (3) | F (3) | G (3) | H (3) | K (9) | L (1) | M (2) | O (2) | P (5) | R (5) | S (9) | T (4) | V (1) | W (3)

Alexandria Brackett

Clinical Librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Biography

Liaison to: 
Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and Surgery
Responsibilities: 
  • Provides in­depth reference, information, research and consultation services for clinical professionals and users in the health sciences community, including literature searches in support of systematic reviews, research, grants, clinical practice, animal use, teaching, and publishing.
Education
  • MLIS, Library & Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2015
    • Inducted into Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, 2016
  • MA, English, Oklahoma State University, 2011
  • BA, English, Roanoke College, 2009

Publications

  • Zhang L, Dai F, Brackett A, Ai Y, Meng L. Association of conflicts of interest with the results and conclusions of goal-directed hemodynamic therapy research: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Intensive care medicine. 2018;44(10):1638-1656. PubMed PMID: 30105599.
  • Brackett A. Tips for the First-Year Health Sciences Librarian. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2016 Oct-Dec;35(4):454-60. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2016.1220762. PubMed PMID: 27657373.
  • Bahna S, Brackett A. Is it Your Disease or the Patient’s? The American Journal of Medical Sciences 2016 May 24. doi: 10.1016/j.amjms.2016.05.016.

Contact Information:

203-785-3226

Michael Brenes

Biography

Michael Brenes is a historian, the Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy, and Lecturer in the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Before coming to Yale, he taught American and international history at Hunter College and Seton Hall University. His first book, For Might and Right: The Cold War and the Remaking of American Democracy is under contract with University of Massachusetts Press for their series in Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond. He is currently writing a dual biography of President Lyndon Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey entitled The Price of Loyalty: Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, and the Struggle for American Liberalism.

His work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The Hill, Vox, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Interests:

Cold War foreign policy, American political history, archives and archival research. He is also a runner, musician, and enjoys travel and good food.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

Contact Information:


Shulamith Chernoff

Prof Emerita, SCSU

Biography

Shulamith Chernoff received her joint Masters’ in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. For thirty years she has taught and mentored teachers, and taught and directed in early childhood centers. Now retired, she has published a book of poetry, and has also translated Holocaust survivors’ memoirs.

Interests:

Prof. Chernoff is interested in speaking with minority students and students who come from less affluent neighborhoods. She would like to connect with students from those backgrounds, and those who are first generation college students who seek advice and support. 

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

Contact Information:


Kevin Coady

Real Estate Development-Owner

Biography

Kevin Coady is a real estate developer who has had long involvement in commercial real estate. He is a recent resident of New Haven after 45 years up the coast in Branford where he has assisted his wife of 45 years in her endeavors as owner of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison. 

Interests:

Mr. Coady likes to make students feel welcome in New Haven and invites them to the home he shares with his wife, just off campus.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

Contact Information:


Matthew Cohen

Professor, Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Biography

Matthew Isaac Cohen (Ph.D., 1997) is Professor of International Theatre at Royal Holloway, University and Fellow in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2018-2019). His scholarship examines tradition in modernity, the emergence of new artistic forms and practices in culturally complex sites, representations of alterity and transnational performances, with geographic focus on Indonesia. He is a trained shadow puppeteer and performs occasionally under the company banner Kanda Buwana.


Bonnie Collier

Law Librarian

Biography

Bonnie Collier was the librarian for American History at Sterling Memorial Library before becoming the Associate Director for Yale Law Library, and currently is the Director for the Yale Law School Oral History Project.

Interests:

Ms. Collier’s interests include historical research and historiography, Connecticut history, women and the law, trends in publishing and libraries, nature and changes in scholarly communication.

She is passionate about running a program at Ingalls Rink to teach inner city kids from the Wexler-Grant school how to ice skate, and she would love help from Morse students!!!! Skaters or non-skaters needed !!!!! (Wednesdays at 2:30)

As a former competitive figure skater, she is happy to meet and talk with students juggling elite sports and academics.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Connecting students to internships or other opportunities, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications
As volunteers....

Contact Information:


Steve Conn

Associate Athletics Director/Sports Publicity Director

Biography

Steve Conn, an associate athletics director and Yale’s Director of Sports Publicity, has worked in college athletics for 33 years, beginning with his undergraduate days at the University of Miami. He currently oversees the publicity of a 35-sport program that includes TV, radio, a digital broadcast network and yalebulldogs.com.

The primary media contact for the Yale football, hockey, lacrosse and heavyweight crew teams, Conn also serves as a member of the department’s senior staff. His role includes TV and radio broadcasting, writing and mentoring students, which he also does as a fellow and a freshmen advisor at Yale’s Morse College. In addition to the work on campus, he assists the NCAA media operations with championship events, and has worked Frozen Fours, Final Fours and lacrosse national championships.

Conn, a Woodbridge, Conn., resident whose introduction to college athletics was taking photos as a 14-year-old on the sidelines of Yale football games, enjoyed his initial foray into college football outside the Ivy League as a walk-on player at Miami in 1983.

The 1985 Miami graduate did an internship at the University of South Alabama the following year and found his way back to New Haven, where he earned his master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of New Haven in 1993.

Conn began his Yale career in 1986 as the assistant sports publicity director and took over that office in 1993.

Interests:

Mr. Conn is happy writing features for media, creating photographs, and running sports statistics. 

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising

Stephen Darwall

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy

Biography

Stephen Darwall is the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale, many years after being a Morse frosh in 1964. He graduated as a Philosophy major after playing in the Band and managing the men’s swimming team. He went on to the University of Pittsburg for his Master’s in Philosophy and then taught at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until 1984. It was then on to the University of Michigan where Professor Darwall taught for 24 years, served as department chair for 8, and as Director of the Honors Program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. In 2008 he joined Yale. He is deeply interested in moral philosophy and its history, and is focused on questions around the nature of moral obligation and well-being.

Interests:

Prof. Darwall is happy to have lunch or dinner with interested students.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

Contact Information:


Wai Chee Dimock

Professor of English and American Studies

Biography

Originally from Hong Kong, Professor Dimock was a graduate student here from the late 1970s to the early 1980’s, and has been back as a Professor of English and American Studies since 1997.

Interests:

Prof. Dimock teaches American literature, write film criticism for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and also devotes a fair amount of energy to an online teaching initiative called “American Literature in the World” –

http://amlitintheworld.commons.yale.edu/

If you’re interested in digital work, or publishing online, he is be happy to offer any help he can.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

Contact Information:


Kevin Discepolo

Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, Operations, and Events at Yale University

Biography

Kevin Discepolo graduated from Yale (Morse Class of 2009) majoring in American Studies. As an undergraduate, he was also a member of the varsity lacrosse team. After Yale, Discepolo received a Master’s in Marketing from Durham University in the United Kingdom, as well as a Master’s in Sports Industry Management for Georgetown University. Prior to returning to New Haven in 2014, he worked for Scholastic, Inc. and the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

In November of 2016, Discepolo became the proud caretaker of Yale’s mascot, Handsome Dan XVIII. Walter (as the bulldog is known around campus) and Discepolo can be frequently seen on daily walks through campus, or at many of the athletic competitions.