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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Christine Scriabine

Historical Consultant

Biography

Christine Scriabine received her PhD in American Civilization at Brown University. She began her career teaching at Pennsylvania State University but quickly changed her focus upon arriving in New Haven when she had the opportunity to help the University of Hartford ultimately realize a new museum, The Museum of American Political Life. Currently, Professor Scriabine is doing historical consulting and freelance writing.

Offers assistance in:

Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

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Nahid Siamdoust

Biography

Nahid Siamdoust is an award-winning anthropologist and cultural historian whose work focuses primarily on the intersection of politics, cultural production, media and gender in Iran and the wider Middle East, with a focus on politico-cultural mediation and social movements. She is the inaugural Ehsan Yarshater Postdoctoral Associate at Yale’s Program in Iranian Studies and a Lecturer at the Anthropology Department. She has a doctorate from Oxford University. Before becoming an academic, Nahid was an Iran correspondent for Time Magazine and Der Spiegel for ten years, and a Middle East correspondent and anchor for Al Jazeera English in Qatar. She has published her research in The New York Times and Foreign Affairs, among others, and appeared as a guest on NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera. Her first book, “Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran” was published by Stanford University Press in 2017. 


Dorothy Singer

Psychologist

Biography

Dorothy G. Singer is retired Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Yale University. She is also Co-Director of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center affiliated with the Zigler Center for Child Development and Public Policy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her research and publications are in the area of early childhood development, television effects on youth, and parent training in imaginative play. Professor Singer received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006, and in 2009, the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association. She has authored over 150 articles and over 25 books. Her latest book is Handbook of Children and the Media.

Interests:

Prof. Singer enjoys music, media research and poetry.

Offers assistance in:

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

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Jerome Singer

Professor of Psycholgy Emeritus

Biography

Jerome L. Singer is a specialist in research on the psychology of imagination and daydreaming. Dr. Singer has authored articles on thought processes, imagery, personality, and psychotherapy as well as on children’s play and the effects of television. Recent books, include The House of Make-Believe, Repression and Dissociation, Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age, and Imagery in Psychotherapy and Handbook of Children and the Media. His most recent position in the American Psychological Association has been President of Division 10, Creativity and the Arts. In 2008, he was awarded the Rudolf Arnheim Award from the American Psychology Association for Distinguished Contributions to the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and in 2009, the Paul Farnsworth Award for Lifetime Contribution and Service, Division 10, American Psychological Association.

Interests:

Dr. Singer can be found enjoying music, studies of imagination and daydreaming.

Offers assistance in:

Connecting students to internships or other opportunities, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

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Liese Sippel

Yale Lector of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Biography

Before joining Yale’s German Department in 2018, Liese Sippel taught German language courses at New York University and The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy. In her free time, she likes to run and play tennis.


Michael Skonieczny

Deputy Director Yale Institute for Global Health

Biography

Michael Skonieczny is Deputy Director for the Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy). Mr. Skonieczny was the director of public policy for Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where he led the organization’s advocacy efforts focused on expanding U.S. financial support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Prior to Friends, he was a senior public policy officer at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he focused on global AIDS funding, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, pediatric treatment and related issues. Mr. Skonieczny was also a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), staffing her on appropriations and health-related issues. He has a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.P.A. from George Washington University.

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Sara Smiley Smith

Assistant Dean of Research and Sustainability

Biography

Sara is the Assistant Dean of Research and Sustainability at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she works to cultivate a community of engaged problem solvers seeking solutions to a diverse set of environmental challenges. She received her Ph.D. from F&ES in 2016, and completed the joint master’s degree program between the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and F&ES in 2007. During her time at Yale, she has also had the opportunity to work in the University’s Office of Sustainability. Sara holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science from Middlebury College (2004). She spent her childhood on the remnants of her family’s dairy farm in the small town of Winslow, Maine.

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Wake Smith

Biography

Wake Smith graduated from Yale College in 1979. He sang with the Alley Cats and the Glee Club, and played lacrosse (badly). After earning an MBA at a forlorn institution whose motto inexplicably lost its “Lux et”, he spent a career in commercial aviation and finance. He teaches a residential college seminar at Yale on Venture Capital and Private Equity, and writes on the logistics and costs of solar radiation management and geo engineering.


Alex Swensen

Craft Beer Enthusiast & IT Support Specialist

Biography

Alex Swensen graduated from Clark University with a degree in Photography and Graphic Design in 2011. His passion for craft beer flourished with his collection of labels, however, the quality of the contents of the bottles quickly overshadowed their packaging. After working as an archives assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery, Mr. Swensen’s interest in craft beer led him to accept a job at Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA. He hosts beer tastings alongside his father, Yale University’s Chief Investment Officer David Swensen, offering insight into the developing craft beer culture.

Interests:

Mr. Swensen is a craft Beer enthusiast spending time tasting, appreciating, brewing and studying beer’s history. He also enjoys photography, and computers/technology.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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Veronica Maria Tomasic

Ph.D., J.D.

Biography

Veronica Tomasic received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 2001. She graduated from Quinnipiac School of Law that same year. As a graduate student at Yale, she TA’d in the English, African American Studies, Film Studies, and (what was then known as) Women’s Studies departments. She also taught English 115A. Professor Tomasic was a Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow at the Yale Art Gallery. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, “Representations of the Inner Life in an Age of Transition: The Work of Edward Hopper, Richard Wright, Jacob Lawrence, James Agee, Walker Evans, and select Hollywood Filmmakers.”

After graduating from law school, she worked as a law clerk for New Haven Superior Court judges. She now practices community law, representing children, the elderly, and mentally ill clients through local probate courts.

Since graduate school she has continued her scholarly work, writing on end-of-life issues in the law and as they are represented in literature, painting and film.

Interests:

Prof. Tomasic is married to Morse associate fellow, composer Ingram Marshall. They have a son, Clem, who is a general surgery resident in California. She loves gardens, parks, and public spaces. She speaks Italian.

She also focuses on Bioethics, in particular end-of-life issues, painting and literature, balancing work and motherhood,law school experience, working as an attorney, and can be helpful to any applying to law school and medical school.

Offers assistance in:

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