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 (6) | D (4) | E (3) | F (2) | G (4) | H (4) | K (11) | L (3) | M (3) | O (2) | P (5) | R (5) | S (10) | T (5) | V (3) | W (3)

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....

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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

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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

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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.


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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