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!

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Toni Dorfman

Professor of Theater Studies

Biography

For 20 years Toni Dorfman has taught full-time at Yale, where she is a professor of theater. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, earned at Carleton College and the University of Iowa, and a master of fine arts degree in directing from Columbia University. In 2003, she cofounded the annual Yale Playwrights Festival.  At Yale in addition to teaching practical classes in acting, directing, and playwriting, she has taught seminars in revenge tragedy and moral ambiguity, biography and drama, and, to come in 2020, representations of the underworld. In summer she’s taught Sophocles’ Antigone in the Yale Warrior-Scholar Project helping enlisted veterans prepare for college.

Since 2009 she has directed seven major productions of 17th-century operas for the Yale Baroque Opera Project, including Cavalli’s Il Giasone, Scipione Affricano, and La Didone, Sacrati’s La finta pazza (American premiere), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea, and this spring Rossi’s Orfeo. Her interest in ancient Greek myth, epic, and drama – the inspiration for Italian baroque opera – is lifelong. What in particular she loves about early opera is not only the expressive beauty of its music but also its casts of human and divine characters, bringing together two worlds in the same space.  

Other recent productions she’s directed include Conor McPherson’s play Shining City in St. Louis in 2016 and Brecht/Steffin’s Mother Courage and Her Children at Yale in 2018 with a new score by Miles Walter ’18.      

Her own plays, including Rounding Cassiopeia, Family Wolf, Third Wave Fems, One of the Damned Few (with Bud Thorpe), and The King of the Cimbri, have been developed and presented in London, New York, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Chicago, and in New Haven at Yale Rep and the Long Wharf Theater.    

In her twenties she cofounded The Shade Company, a repertory theater in New York and a charter member of what is now the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York.  She’s served on the editorial board of Shakespeare Bulletin and the national board of the University/Resident Theater Association. As an actor she’s played Lady Macbeth, Titania, Helena, Aldonza, Grusha, Dorine, Hesione Hushabye, Pirate Jenny, Kagekiyo’s Daughter, Mother Courage, and Clytemnestra, among scores of other roles; in film she’s played Queen Marie in Ionesco’s Exit the King (1973) and Candace in Edward Columbia’s Plain Fiction (2019), with dozens of television commercials in between.

She is married to Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis. They live in East Rock with a pollination garden, designed by Eliza Shaw Valk, her daughter, in the front for butterflies and bees.


Daniel Edeza

Assistant Director of Admissions

Biography

Daniel Edeza is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale. He received a B.A. in History from Yale in 2010 and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011. Prior to joining Yale’s admissions office, Mr. Edeza spent a year teaching English at El Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City as a Fulbright Scholar and volunteered as a research assistant at Innovations for Poverty Action.

As a first-generation college graduate, his passion in college admissions lies in increased access for underrepresented populations and the dissemination of scholarship information to low-income students. He is an avid runner and enjoys discussing history, politics, social inequality and food. 

Interests:

Mr. Edeza is an avid runner, enjoys discussing history, politics, social inequality and food. He is also interested in education (general), and travel. 

Offers assistance in:

Connecting students to internships or other opportunities

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Wayne Escoffery

Lecturer, Yale School of Music

Biography

2014 Downbeat Critics Poll Winner and Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery is one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. Since 2006 he has been mostly associated with trumpet master Tom Harrell after securing one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Harrell’s working quintet. For the past decade Escoffery has toured the globe with the trumpeter, recorded seven CDs with The Tom Harrell Quintet and co-produced four of those releases. He has also been a member of The Mingus Dynasty, Big Band and Orchestra since 2000 and has made several recordings with the group.  Over the years he has recorded and performed internationally with the who’s who in Jazz
including Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Abdulah Ibrahim, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson, Rufus Reid, Wallace Roney and Herbie Hancock just to name a few.  Escoffery leads his own groups which tour internationally and has made several highly acclaimed studio recordings with said groups. His current working quartet features pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Ralph Peterson and has a release on the Smalls Live Record label. Escoffery is also a founding member of a collaborative group called Black Art Jazz Collective which is comprised of fellow rising star musicians of his generation and is dedicated to celebrating African American Icons through originally composed music.

Andrew Esposito

Biography

I am originally from Ledyard, CT which is an hour up I-95N in south eastern Connecticut. I graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a B.S. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and was actively involved in the Morse Community as the manager of the Morsel.  I was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams as a middle distance runner. After graduating I worked for a year as a medical assistant for an ENT in Stamford, CT before participating in the Advanced Core in Medical Science Post-Baccalaureate Program (ACMS) at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I matriculated to LKSOM in 2014 and was heavily involved with the student government as President of the Class of 2018 for all four years. During medical school, my research focused on Breast and Colon Cancer and I participated in the U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. I graduated from LKSOM in May 2018 with an M.D. and as a Lieutenant (now inactive reserves) in the U.S. Navy. I began general surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in June of 2018 with plans to become a Surgical Oncologist following my military commitment. 

Interests:

Medical and Surgical Education, Surgical Oncology, Wood working, Hiking and camping

Offers assistance in:

Academic advising for freshmen, Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Connecting students to internships or other opportunities
Advice and mentoring for those interested in medical school and/or military scholarships

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Donald L. Filer

Associate Vice President for Global Strategy

Biography

Donald Filer has overall responsibility for Yale’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), which he has led since its creation in 2004. OIA provides administrative support for the international activities of the schools, programs, and individual faculty across the university. These efforts focus on supporting the development of new projects with partner universities, coordinating the work of other Yale offices during project start-ups, managing visits to Yale by university delegations and other dignitaries, and safeguarding Yale’s reputation around the world.

Mr. Filer also leads the university’s emergency response in the event of a medical emergency, natural disaster, or civil unrest taking place abroad, and oversees the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, the Greenberg Conference Center, Yale’s Marketing and Trademark Licensing Office, and the Yale Conferences & Events Office. 

He joined Yale University in 2000 as Associate Secretary with responsibility for managing support for the Yale Corporation (the university’s governing board), supervising the Yale Visitor Center, and directing the Office of Licensing Programs.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, he served in a number of capacities at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, from 1991 to 2000 including Vice President for Community and Public Affairs, Secretary of the College, and Acting Vice President for Development. He worked for former U.S. Representative Bruce A. Morrison of New Haven from 1985 to 1991. A native of New Haven, Mr. Filer earned a B.A. in political science from Colgate University.


Christian J. Fischer

Senior Director, Yale Dining

Biography

Born in pastoral Feldbach in Eastern Austria, Christian Fischer’s earliest family memories are about food. The Fischer home centered around the kitchen, where each day his mother and grandmother and hotel kitchen staff would prepare meals in their family-owned business. “I would wake every morning to the most wonderful smells,” reminisces Christian Fischer “and I quickly became known as ‘the palate’ to my family, tasting each sauce and dish, recommending seasoning or some more herbs.” His love for food cemented into his choice for a career at the age of 13, when his parents brought him to the Five Star “Stenizer Hotel,” where he attended a five-year culinary apprenticeship under Master Chef Ewald Janosh & Master Chef Karl Fürtinger and became a European Master Chef, Baker and Butcher.
As one of the youngest “Küchen Meisters” in Austria, he quickly gained a formidable reputation for his innovative, groundbreaking cuisine Christian Fischer has emerged as one of the country’s leading chefs. Acclaimed by critics as ‘formidably gifted,’ his culinary vision has consistently set new standards for his first restaurant he opened in his hometown at the age of 19.
 
Since coming to the U.S., Christian Fischer has held Senior Vice President of Culinary Innovation positions with Compass North America, Senior Corporate Executive Chefs position with Nestlé USA and Nestlé S.A. for which he traveled all over the world; it was during this time spent in Asia that Christian Fischer developed his love for the exotic and aromatic flavors of the East that would later shape his style of cooking.
 
Besides winning numerous gold medals and awards, he was also inducted into the Le Amis d ’Escoffier Society in 2000, into the Organic Chefs Collaboration in 2004 and into the prestige “Who is Who” Society of Manchester in 2006. His most recent honor was as the USA TOP CHEF of 2009 and the Culinary Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation in 2015.
 
Christian Fischer was also featured in many TV Series like, “Great Chefs of Europe”, Ming Tsai’s “East Meet West”, Discovery Channels “A Traditional New England Thanksgiving” and the Travel network’s “Great Taste”. His latest book “For The Love Of Austria” will be available in December of 2018.
 
Today, Christian Fischer lives with his wife, Jennifer, and his children Stefan, Ting and Margie in Kensington, Connecticut.

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Jeff Fuller

Musician, Composer, Educator

Biography

Jeff Fuller graduated from Yale College (’67) and received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music (’69). Since 1995, he has taught Jazz Composition and led two jazz ensembles at ACES-Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven. He teaches privately and leads the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Neighborhood Music School, and has long been an integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes. Mr. Fuller has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras and has led ensembles in many jazz venues. He composes and arranges for the acclaimed salsa group, Irazú, and is co-leader of the popular New Haven-based group Sambeleza. He has received commissions from both the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has twice received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. 

Interests:

Mr. Fuller is well versed and active in aviation, sports, cycling, basketball , nature and the business of music.
 

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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Irene Garza

Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History

Biography

Dr. Irene Garza is a proud Morsel [MC 02’] and is known by all the Morse seniors as the Mellon Coordinator. She is currently the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History and affiliate of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. She completed her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican-American Studies.

From 2016-2017, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Oberlin College where she taught courses on the Chicana/o Movement, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Latinx Women’s History, and Histories of U.S. militarism. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Latina/o Studies, Michigan Historical Review, and edited collection War of My Generation (Rutgers UP, 2015). She has also been a featured speaker at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and National Public Radio (NPR) https://www.npr.org/programs/latino-usa/455905881/enlisted. Prior to entering academia, she worked as an organizer with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

Interests:

Cultures of U.S. militarism; Race, War, & Logics of Citizenship; Militarism & U.S. Empire; post-1945 U.S. History; Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Social Movements; Critical Masculinity Studies; Race & Ethnicity in American Popular Culture; Latinx History; 19th-20th c. U.S. Immigration History; Intersections of Carcerality & Militarism

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Joan Gaylord

Freelance Writer

Biography

Joan Gaylord (BA, American Studies) is a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in “The Wall Street Journal,” “Pittsburgh Magazine” and “The Christian Science Monitor,” where she has published articles and regularly reviews books. As a journalist, an investigative series that she wrote for Norwalk, CT’s daily newspaper became the catalyst for the revision of the state’s special education laws.

Joan is equally involved in the New York City jazz scene where Loren Schoenberg, founding director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, has referred to her as “one of the movers and shakers on the scene today.”

In addition, she serves of the boards of directors of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the environmental organization founded by Pete Seeger, and Religion Communicators Council, a national interfaith organization.

Interests:

In her early 20s, Joan made a conscious choice not to pursue just one field and blames/credits a conversation with Gordon Parks for that decision. Hence, her interests include writing, calligraphy, art, music, environmentalism, skiing—the list remains in formation.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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Steven Girvin

Deputy Provost and Professor of Physics

Biography

Steven Girvin holds a BS from Bates College (1971), an MS from the University of Maine, and MS and PhD from Princeton (1977). He is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. He also has an administrative role as Deputy Provost for Science and Technology. 

Interests:

Prof. Girvin spends time on quantum computation, quantum information processing, atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics theory.

Computer science majors interested in Silicon Valley should talk to him about Palantir Technologies.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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