- Field: Allston Burr Resident Dean
- Phone: 5-8744
- Room: A-23
As the Allston Burr Resident Dean of Cabot House, I am responsible for your academic and overall wellbeing and success here at Harvard. My job is to help students connect with this amazing house and college community, and to make the most of this institution's tremendous resources. I act as a counselor and adviser, and am your direct link to the college administration and services. Whether you are filing a routine change of concentration form or need help navigating a tough social situation, or finding your way through a life-altering event or decision, my door is open and almost certainly the right place to start. I hope you’ll drop by my office whenever you want to chat about anything at all.
A bit about me: I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and attended a small, liberal arts college called Queen’s (Kingston, ON) studying for a double major in History and Philosophy. I then ventured to the UK to embark on a Master’s and PhD in Anthropology at Oxford, and wound up living between England and France for almost 10 years! I specialize in ‘Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography’ and much of my research centers on evolving ideas around cultural citizenship and representation in postcolonial Asia. After grad school and spending some time at home with my two girls, I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University before coming to Harvard, where I spent much of my time hidden away in the collections of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Here at Harvard, I have an academic appointment as Lecturer in the Anthropology Department, and am currently teaching the courses: “Anthropology in/of the Museum” and “The Material as Culture: Objects, meaning and the self”. Outside of academia, I love the outdoors, spending as much of my spare time as I can hiking, camping, canoeing, climbing, and skiing. I am an active rower (Riverside!) who sometimes dabbles in ½ marathons and triathlons, and I’m also a musician for whom playing the cello in a wonderful community orchestra is something I can’t live without.
My family also joins me here at Cabot. My husband, Ian, is a computational scientist with a PhD from Oxford, and has just started working for a startup called ‘Continuum Analytics’ after 5+ years as a postdoc and Lecturer at Harvard. Maggie is 8 and in 2nd grade. She is our artsy, sporty, intense girl who is full of life and questions. She especially loves to talk about math and science. Hilary is 5 and in Junior Kindergarten. She’s our girl with a wonderful sense of humor and (we like to think) too much cuteness and affection for one small person. We are all looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you in the years to come, and hope that you will come sit with us for a meal in the DHall sometime soon!