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Pilar Abuin

Center for Teaching and Learning

Pilar Abuin is the manager of the Instructional Technology Group, part of Academic IT Solutions within ITS, as well as a member of the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. She came to Yale in January of 2014, from Columbia University and New York University before Yale, where she worked as an instructional technologist assisting faculty and staff in the use of technology for teaching. Pilar has two small children, a young son and daughter, who you will hopefully meet at various events at Trumbull College. She is interested in photography and travel, and spending a rare afternoon with a good book!

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Nii Addy

Psychiatry and Celluar and Molecular Physiology

Nii Addy is the Albert E. Kent Associate Professor of Psychiatry and an Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Addy directs a federally funded research program investigating the neurobiological bases of substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. Dr. Addy’s team also studies the ability of tobacco product flavor additives to alter nicotine use behavior and addiction. Dr. Addy is the inaugural Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion at the Yale School of Medicine, focusing on supporting the faculty development of basic scientists from underrepresented groups at the School of Medicine. He also contributes to graduate student and postdoctoral training and diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives through his efforts on campus and in professional scientific societies. In addition to his campus work, Dr. Addy hosts the Addy Hour podcast, discussing topics at the intersection of neuroscience, mental health, faith, culture and social justice. His research and community work have been featured by National Public Radio (NPR), Newsday, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), The Source Magazine, Chuck Norris, BoldTV, Legitimate Matters, and Relevant Magazine. He has presented scientific lectures at universities throughout the United States and Europe, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Carver Project, aimed at empowering and connecting individuals across university, church and society.

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Rolena Adorno

Spanish & Portuguese, Emeritus

Areas of interest: Colonial Spanish American literature and history; the nineteenth-century origins of Hispanism in the United States; manuscript culture and textual transmission in colonial Spanish America.

In 2015, Rolena Adorno received the Modern Language Association’s Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. This award has been presented every three years, starting in 1996; to date, she is the only awardee whose area is Spanish-language literatures. In its citation, the MLA described Adorno as “a premier scholar of colonial Spanish American literary and cultural history, a field that she helped bring out of the shadows starting forty years ago.”

Adorno’s more recent honors include an Honorary Doctorate (Dottorato Honoris Causa) from the University of Rome 1, La Sapienza, awarded in Rome on 15 November 2022. Awarded annually by the university which is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1303), Adorno’s honoris causa pertains to her seminal work in Latin American colonial studies, particularly her inclusion, since the late 1970s, of indigenous Amerindian perspectives, which helped spawn the development of the field and its incorporation into the Latin American canon. In 2019 the U.S. Library of Congress appointed Adorno to a four-month fellowship as Chair of the Countries and Cultures of the South, sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. In 2018 she received the Premio Nacional “Enrique Anderson Imbert” from the Asociación Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. She was named the Phi Beta Kappa-Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program for the academic year 2016-17, during which she gave public lectures and classes at eight different universities nationwide.

Adorno’s prize-winning books include The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative (2007), which was awarded the MLA’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize. Revealing the interdisciplinary breadth of her work, her three-volume study, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: His Account, His Life, and the Expedition of Pánfilo de Narváez (1999), co-authored with Patrick C. Pautz, received prizes from the American Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, and the New England Council of Latin American Studies.

Designed for specialist and non-specialist audiences alike, her reading of three hundred years of Latin American colonial writing is synthesized in Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2011). With Roberto González Echevarría, she co-authored Breve historia de la literatura latinoamericana colonial y moderna (2017), which consists of their Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions in colonial and modern Latin American literatures, respectively. With Ivan Boserup, she co-authored New Studies of the Autograph Manuscript of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (2003).

Adorno’s other books include De Guancane a Macondo: Estudios de literatura hispanoamericana (2008), Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru (1986, 2000); Cronista y príncipe: La obra de don Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (1989, 1992); and Guaman Poma and his Illustrated Chronicle from Colonial Peru (2001).

Adorno is the co-editor of Unlocking the Doors to the Worlds of Guaman Poma and His Nueva corónica (with Ivan Boserup, 2015)Transatlantic Encounters: Europeans and Andeans in the Sixteenth Century (with Kenneth J. Andrien, 1991); The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca (with Patrick C. Pautz, 2003); and the print and digital editions of Guaman Poma’s Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (with John V. Murra and Jorge L. Urioste, and Ivan Boserup, respectively). She is the editor of From Oral to Written Expression: Native Andean Chronicles of the Early Colonial Period (1985).

Adorno has introduced the most recent English- and Spanish-language editions of Irving A. Leonard’s classic Books of the Brave (University of California Press, 1992) and Los libros del conquistador (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2006).

In 2003 Rolena Adorno received the Graduate Mentor Award of the Graduate School of Yale University; in 2001, she was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa, her alma mater. In 1989-90 she was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.

Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, Adorno was appointed to membership on the National Council of the Humanities and served until August 2019. She has been an Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America since 1996 and, since 2007, she has held an Honorary Professorship at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Adorno is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shakil Ahmed

Dr. Shakil Ahmed is a retired quant hedge fund manager and senior Wall Street executive.  He currently spends most of his time as a private investor.  He is on the advisory board at Vatic Investments and a member of the board at Zarca Interactive, Inc.  Dr. Ahmed was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the hedge fund Princeton Alpha.  Until February, 2013, he was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Market Making at Citi and served on the Executive Committee of the Equities Division.  Prior to that, he also served as the Global Head of Quantitative Strategies and sat on the management committee of Citi Alternative Investments.  He joined Citi in early 2008 and left at the end of February, 2013, to form Princeton Alpha.  Prior to joining Citi, Dr. Ahmed spent fourteen years at Morgan Stanley in the Process Driven Trading (PDT) group, the main proprietary trading business at the firm.  For many of those years, he was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and the head of the PDT business. He had retired from day to day responsibilities in December, 2006 and served as a Senior Advisor to the firm until early 2008, when his former boss and then incoming CEO at Citi, Vikram Pandit, invited him to come to Citi. Dr. Ahmed has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University, where his thesis was on parallel processing (1994).  He also has M.S. and M.Phil. degrees in the same field from Yale.  His undergraduate degree was from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated early with high honors and high distinction in Computer Science.  Shakil grew up in Vienna, Austria, where he attended the Vienna International School.

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Marcus Alexander

Research Scientist

Marcus Alexander is a scientist in the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science, directed by Nicholas Christakis. His research interests include functional neurosurgery, brain tumor genetics, and pediatric neurosurgery. He is currently completing his MD at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. Previously, he obtained his PhD from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

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Anne Alstott

Law School

Anne Alstott is the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation at Yale Law School. An expert in taxation and social policy, she was named a professor at Yale Law School in 1997 and originally named the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Taxation in 2004. She served as deputy dean in 2002 and 2004 and has won the Yale Law Women teaching award three times. From 2008 to 2011, she was the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at Columbia Law and before that, served as an attorney-advisor in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Legislative Counsel. Her books include No Exit: What Parents Owe Children and What Society Owes Parents (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Stakeholder Society (with Bruce Ackerman, Yale University Press, 1999). She holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in economics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jorge Anaya

Student Access Programming, Resident Fellow

Jorge Anaya (he/him/his), born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, majored in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health as a member of the Yale class of 2019. As an undergraduate, Jorge was heavily involved in residential college life and passionate about mentoring local Latinx high school students. Currently, Jorge serves as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement for the Yale College Dean’s Office and coordinates the FGLI Community Initiative, an administrative hub focused on developing resources and programming aimed at enriching a first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) student’s sense of thriving during their years at Yale.

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Karen Anderson

Associate ProvostKaren Anderson’s responsibilities include policies and procedures related to faculty appointments and budgets, strategic planning, and initiatives in support of diversity. She works with the Deputy Provosts and the other members of Yale’s leadership to oversee academic resources and faculty development across campus. Before coming to Yale she served as Senior Associate Provost at Wesleyan University. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Hunter College and an A.M. and Ph.D. in history of religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School.Email Karen Anderson

Elizabeth Ballantine

EBA Associates

Elizabeth Ballantine was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1980 and served as Board Chair from 1994-98.  She became a Life Trustee in 2003. Ballantine earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and a J.D. from American University. 

Since 1999, Ballantine has been president of EBA Associates, a consulting firm. From 1993 to 1999, she was an attorney in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky LLP.  From 1990 until 1993, she worked as a private consultant advising clients on international business investments.  She was a staff reporter for the Des Moines Register from 1976-1982.

She has served as independent director of the Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, IA since 2004 and as a director of the McClatchy Newspaper Company of Sacramento, CA since 1998. From 2006 to 2012 she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Durango Herald, Inc., of Durango, CO, and as Vice Chair of the Board of the American University of Paris, France

John Bargh

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and Professor of Management
Ph.D., 1981, University of Michigan

The ACME lab researches the unconscious or implicit influences on social judgment, motivation, and behavior.  Most recently this research has focused on embodied cognition effects, or influences of physical experiences (such as cleansing one’s hands, holding something warm or rough) on metaphorically related social variables (physical warmth leading to feelings of physical warmth, for example).  One interesting new line of this research has focused on how social goals and political attitudes can be influenced by satisfaction of underlying physical-level motivations; for example, immunization against the flu virus influences attitudes towards immigration (as ‘invaders’ of one’s ‘cultural body’), and feelings of physical safety reduce one’s need to feel ‘socially safe’ as after rejection or other ‘cold’ social experiences.   

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Timothy Barringer

History of Art

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art. He specializes in the eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century art of Britain and the British Empire, nineteenth-century American and German art and museum studies. Following positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Universities of London and Birmingham in Great Britain, he came to Yale in 1998. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (Yale, 1998), Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain(Yale, 2005) Opulence and Anxiety (2007), catalogue for an exhibition at Compton Verney, and Before and After Modernism (Central St Martins, 2010).

Kathryn Bell

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Deborah (Deb) Bellmore

Assistant Director of Operations, Trumbull College

Deb began her Yale career at Yale at the Oral History, American Music project which is now one of Sterling’s special collections.  It is an active archive of interviews with American composers.    Following, Deb ran the Council of Masters office.  (that is what it was called at that time)  She enjoyed working with all the residential colleges before settling in to Trumbull College.  It was a nice transition to become an active member of one Yale community.

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Lucas Bender

East Asian Laguages and Literatures

I am a scholar of Chinese literature and thought, specializing in the period from roughly 200 CE through 1100. 

My current work centers on the positive conclusions we can draw from the vast amount we don’t know. This theme is at the core of my first book, on the poet Du Fu 杜甫 (712–770), and it is also pertinent to my second project, on the much-remarked “pluralism” of medieval China. I am interested in understanding how the medieval Chinese tolerance for obscurity eventually gave way to a more optimistic account of our capacity for knowledge, and whether that more optimistic account may sometimes have been linked to a decreased interest in difference and diversity. 

I teach courses on Chinese literature from the Han dynasty through the Song, Chinese philosophy, and comparative topics.

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Michael Bennick

Internal Medicine Education

Dr. Michael Bennick is a gastroenterologist in New Haven, Connecticut and is affiliated with Yale New Haven Hospital. He received his medical degree from Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

Peter Bensinger

College Seminar

After graduating Stanford in 1980, Peter returned to Chicago to study improv for a year with Paul Sills, the original artistic director of The Second City – Chicago’s improv theater whose alumni include many Saturday Night Live performers. He then moved to New York City and worked as an actor for five years before going to New York University School of Law and becoming a commercial trial lawyer. Peter started at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, then went to Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, and then spun off with Bartlit Beck LLP twenty-five years ago. He spent most of his career doing pharmaceutical patent/antitrust cases.

For the past fifteen years, Peter has been the Bartlit Beck partner responsible for professional development (lawyer training), new lawyer orientation, and attorney performance review. Twenty years ago, he also co-founded and taught for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law an experiential workshop seminar called “High Tech Trial Techniques.” The class covered presentation stagecraft, digital presentation of evidence, best practices and custom animation in PowerPoint, and the use of trial graphics in trial and appellate briefs. He has also taught Continuing Legal Education classes on variety of topics, including patents 101, taking and defending depositions, examining fact and expert witnesses, delivering opening and closing statements, “Dealing with Jerks – using Aikido and active listening to deal with difficult opposing counsel,” “Presentation Stagecraft – using fundamental theatre techniques to enhance connection and persuasiveness,” and “Enhancing Ensemble Performance – using stagecraft to facilitate connection and inclusion.”

In addition to Peter’s work as a trial lawyer and teacher, he has experience as a civic leader:

  • President, Chicago Sinai Congregation (2009-2012) (chicagosinai.org)
  • Executive Committee member, Trustee, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (luriechidrens.org)
  • Chairman, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute of Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Chairman, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (spertus.edu)
  • Chairman, Professionals Network of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and Trustee, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (juf.org)

His Fall 2019 Trumbull residential seminar “Leadership as Behavior” weaves together lessons learned from the theater, from leading trial teams in high

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James Benson

Yale Hospitality

A native to California, Benson was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area James currently resides in Fairfield Connecticut with his wife Kathleen and Daughters Caitlin and Annabelle.

James graduated from the Hotel and Restaurant Management school at the City College of San Francisco. Inspired and driven by his Italian roots he set off to Italy to apprentice at the best restaurants on the Riviera Ligure where he landed a job at the 2 Star Michelin Balzi Rossi in Ventimiglia. 

Upon returning, he joined the opening team at Le Cirque 2000 in New York. After a couple of years, James moved to Las Vegas to take the role of Executive Sous Chef at Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo at the Bellagio. 

Following the Bellagio Benson joined Wynn as a member of the pre-opening team as Chef de Cuisine of Catering and Special Events. Over the course of his time with Wynn Resorts James held the positions of Chef de cuisine and Executive Chef of Catering and most recently as Executive Chef of Food and Beverage of Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas.

Benson currently is the Director of Culinary Excellence responsible for overseeing the culinary vision, recipe, training, menu and product development provide leadership and operational support across departments and seek ways to strengthen the culinary program, developing talent and create innovation.

Throughout his career Benson has been honored to have been a guest chef at several national and international food events which included dinners at the James Beard House, Guest Chef at The Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, and at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, Germany. He received numerous accolades in publications such as Gourmet Magazine, Wine Spectator and Grace Ormonde to highlight a few. 

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Jasmina Beširević Regan

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Yale College and Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Jasmina Beširević Regan graduated from Augsburg College summa cum laude earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1997. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Sociology from YaleUniversity in 2004 having also earned the Master’s degrees there. Her dissertation on ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka focuses on the emergence of a Bosnian Muslim refugee community. 

Jasmina is currently an Associate Dean at the Graduate School. She serves on numerous university committees and is part of various speaking engagements on student life at Yale. In addition, she is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Global Affairs, and Ethnicity, Race and Migration at Yale. Her teaching and research interests include genocide and ethnic conflict, identity and nationalism. Her current work focuses on the Bosnian Muslim identity and disintegration of former Yugoslavia. She has presented papers on the sociology of genocide at a number of professional meetings and has been invited to speak at international conferences both in the U.S. and abroad.  

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Ruth Blake

Geology and Geophysics

Ruth Blake’s research has been the characterization and interpretation of oxygen isotope fractionations in the PO4-water system during biogeochemical cycling of phosphorous in natural waters and sediments. A major area of current research surrounds characterization and “ground-truthing” of 18O/16O ratios (18O) signatures of phosphates in mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal Fe-oxide deposits, with the goal of identifying reliable 18Op biosignatures and isotopic tracers of microbial activity and phosphorous cycling at mid-ocean ridges, in Earth’s deep biosphere, Mars and beyond. Many of the activities her laboratory are devoted to development of methods for extraction and O isotopic analysis of PO4 in a range of geologic, biologic and extraterrestrial materials including deep-sea sediments, ancient rocks; biomass, and Martian soil analogue materials.

Hal Blumenfeld


Dr. Blumenfeld is the Loughridge-Williams Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Neurosurgery at Yale University. He is an expert on brain mechanisms of consciousness and altered consciousness in epilepsy. He directs the Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC), is an active epilepsy neurologist, and leads multi-disciplinary research largely funded by NIH. In addition to authoring numerous peer-reviewed articles he also wrote a widely acclaimed textbook, “Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases,” used in over half the medical schools in the United States.


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