Graduate Affiliates





Zach Brown

Zach is a third-year Ph.D. student in the History department, originally from Toronto Canada. Before coming to Yale, he was an undergraduate at Stanford University graduating in 2018. He is primarily interested in colonial and Revolutionary America, with a particular focus on intellectual and political history. In his free time, Zach enjoys watching hockey and football, playing online chess and board games, and listening to 80s new wave music.





Hannah Elizabeth

Hannah is a second year PhD student in Social Psychology. She majored in psychology and minored in gender & sexuality studies and anthropology at Northwestern. Her work focuses on the experiences of people with marginalized identities in romantic relationships. She is originally from Lexington, MA but most recently moved to New Haven from Washington, DC.



Diego Fernandez-Pages

Diego is a first-year student at Yale Law School and a proud alum of Trumbull College, Class of 2018. His favorite extracurricular as an undergrad was serving on TCC: building community at the college, from Trumball to Pamplona, was a highlight of his time at Yale. After college, Diego worked in local government in Sonoma County, California, earned a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and became a labor organizer with a union. His interests include labor and migration law, art history, and community organizing.







Manik Kuchroo

]Manik is a 4th year MD/PhD student, writing novel machine learning algorithms to understand the complexities of Biology as a member of the Krishnaswamy Lab. He spends his time outside of lab taking care of patients in the hospital, playing cricket and working at a local biotechnology company. He was a neurobiology major in undergrad and wrote his thesis on the genetic architecture of multiple sclerosis. Talk to Manik about entrepreneurship, medicine or research in biology or computer science!



Eva Landsberg

Eva is a third-year PhD student in History, originally from Southern California. After graduating from Yale College in 2017, she worked in early education policy in New York before returning for a second round in New Haven. Her current research explores colonial America and the wider early modern Atlantic World, with a focus on the intersection of gender and political economy. In her free time, Eva enjoys painting, kayaking, exploring local restaurants, and (badly) playing intramural softball. She’s thrilled to be joining the Trumbull community!

Raquel Leslie

Raquel is a first year student at Yale Law School. She grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts, spent the last few years in San Francisco, and has family in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Raquel graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and East Asian Studies, where her thesis explored soft power influence and perceptions of China among government officials in East Africa. Before law school, Raquel worked on international labor migration policy at the World Bank, intelligence and national security matters at the Department of Defense, and cross-border trade secret litigation at Kobre & Kim LLP. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, tending to her house plants, skiing, biking, and scoping out the best ice cream and coffee shops in New Haven. Raquel is thrilled to be joining the Trumbull community!

Dena Shata

Dena Shata is a first year Yale Law School student, originally from Williamsburg, Virginia. She earned a Bachelors of Science from Stanford University in 2016 in Management Science & Engineering. After graduating from college, Dena worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. and as Condoleezza Rice’s Chief of Staff. In parallel, Dena has continued to work on her passion for community justice and criminal legal reform — focusing on prison reentry and alternatives to incarceration in Virginia and California. At Yale, Dena is interested in continuing to work at the intersection of racial justice and civil rights. In her free time, Dena enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants, playing tennis, reading memoirs, and traveling just about anywhere. She is looking forward to getting to know Trumbull students and is happy to chat about academic interests, varied paths after college, or anything else.

Nicole Sonnert

Nicole, a native of Cambridge, MA, is a second year Ph.D. student in the department of Microbial Pathogenesis and part of the Physics and Engineering Biology (PEB) program. She studies the human gut microbiome at the interface of the host and microbe. She split her college years between Western Massachusetts and New Hampshire in pursuit of a 3-2 dual degree with Mount Holyoke College and Dartmouth College, where she studied Biomathematics and Chemical Engineering respectively. Before coming to Yale, Nicole worked at an awesome antibody discovery company, doing early stage drug development in New Hampshire.



Jennifer Strtak

A native of Toronto, Canada, Jennifer is a student in the combined Renaissance Studies and History PhD Program. Her academic interests include travel, transportation, and mobility in early modern Europe, and her dissertation will focus on the development of artisanal knowledge and technique in carriage production. Before arriving at Yale, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto (2015) and a Master of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (2016). When she isn’t in her office happily buried under piles of books, she can be found cooking, museuming, skiing, swimming, and shopping for sneakers.



Jordan Thomas

Jordan is a first-year student at Yale Law School and a proud native of Newark, New Jersey. Jordan graduated from Princeton University in 2018, where he concentrated in Public and International Affairs and received dual certificates in Portuguese Language & Culture and African American Studies. As a recipient of a 2018 Rhodes Scholarship, Jordan completed a Master’sdegree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford. Subsequently, he spent two years spearheading various impact initiatives as Chief of Staff to philanthropist Ray Chambers; Advisor to the GreenLightFund in Baltimore and Newark; Project Manager of the Newark COVID-19 Response Taskforce’s Testing Subcommittee; and Board Member of the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS). More personally, Jordan’s hobbies and interests include performative whistling (pick a song, any song), baking, holistic health and fitness, all types of music, all genres of sports, and any form of travel (he will gladly share stories from his experience visiting twenty countries in just slightly over one calendar year). Most importantly, Jordan loves mentoring students and is excited to join the Trumbull community, so feel free to spark up a conversation anytime!