Graduate Affiliates 2020-2021

Rosie Aboody is a fourth year PhD student in Psychology, and she studies how we teach and learn from others. Outside of the lab, Rosie likes to make art, drink hot cocoa, and stare up at the sky in delight when it snows. If you want to know why kids are interesting study populations, or are feeling down and want to hear cute stories about tiny humans, come say hi! 

Vlad Chituc is a second year PhD student in Social Psychology studying moral judgment and decision making. He grew up in a small town in rural, upstate New York before graduating from Yale in 2012 with a B.S, in social psychology (TD ‘12, please don’t hold it against him). He spent the next five years in Durham, NC, where he grew to appreciate folk sing-a-longs, baking bread, and living a bit more slowly. Ask him about music (he’s played in a few bands and collects records), writing (especially creative nonfiction and science journalism), and his dog, Toad (Vlad will always be happy to show you photos and go on about how perfect he is).

Andy DeGuglielmo is a 2L at Yale Law School from Boston. He graduated from Yale College in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and German Literature. As a former Sillimander, some of his best memories include late nights int he buttery and impromptu freestyle study breaks with his roommates in the dance studio. At YLS, he’s particularly interested in federal Indian law, tribal constitutionalism, child welfare, citizenship theory, and immigration law. Don’t hesitate to reach out to talk about law school, internships, political & legal theory, literary theory, or anything else you’re passionate about!

Alexander Goldklank Fulmer is a first year PhD student in Behavioral Marketing. He grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in 2015. After Cornell, Alexander worked in marketing and completed a Psychology program at Columbia University before enrolling at Yale. He loves college history and trivia, is interested in fashion, writing fiction, watching college hockey games, and studying the psychology underlying human behavior. Please feel free to ask Alexander for help with any aspects of the job/internship application process like resume or cover letter writing, or anything else that’s on your mind!

Tim Gaura is a second year, Masters of Divinity and Masters of Social Work student with Yale Divinity School and the University of Connecticut. He is a graduate from community college and received a bachelors in Anthropology from Amherst College. Ask him questions about board games, beards depression, unicycling, fellowships, intersections about being Queer and/or Christian and navigating university spaces while personally struggling.

Chris Harshaw is a fourth year PhD student in the Computer Science department where he studies algorithms and optimization at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Born and raised in Dallas, he graduated from Rice University with degrees in computational mathematics and electrical engineering. When he’s not at the white board, Chris enjoys playing jazz music, cooking, and taking long walks around science hill. He’s excited to be part of the Silliman community and loves interacting with students. Talk to me about your favorite music, maker spaces, mathematics education, Texas, and anything you’re passionate about.

Flora Irving is a second-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Before graduate school, Flora was the Archives Project Manager at the Calder Foundation, where she conducted art historical research for exhibitions and publications on the late artist’s work. Prior to the Calder Foundation, she led production for an exhibition of the work of American photographer Lorna Simpson at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France and worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Born and raised in New York, she graduated from Connecticut College with an Art History degree. She’s very excited to be part of the Silliman community this year and enjoys art, design, music, sailing, and Labradors.
Ridge Liu is a second year PhD student in Physics studying high energy/particle physics. A Houston native, he graduated from Rice University as a physics and mathematics major, with a special concentration in eating Viet-Cajun crawfish. Outside of reading papers, Ridge enjoys day hikes, swimming, playing the violin, and exploring food cultures. Talk to him about Houston, cooking, books, trivia, or anything that strikes your fancy!

Ellen Nye is a third-year history PhD student studying British and Ottoman economic relations. She grew up in a college town in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming where she enjoying skiing, hiking, and running. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 and then earned an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Before Yale, she spent a year in Istanbul through the Fulbright learning Turkish, working on her research, and eating as much moussaka as possible. Ask her about the Rocky Mountains, studying in the U.K., Turkey, fellowships, and anything historical! 

 Kirsten Reimer is a fourth-year PhD student in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department where she studies RNA splicing in the context of red blood cell development. She grew up in Prince George, Canada, where she earned a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia. When she’s not in the lab, Kirsten enjoys being outdoors — especially skiing, hiking, and swimming — reading, doing crosswords, playing piano, and riding her bike.

Madison “Maddy”  Sharp is in her fourth year at the Yale School of Medicine. She grew up in the rolling hills of San Diego before attending Yale College. A proud former Sillimander, Maddy fondly recalls playing inner tube water polo and working in the buttery. After college Maddy worked with sugarcane workers suffering from kidney disease in Nicaragua. As a medical student, she is especially interested in working with displaced populations in conflict zones. Ask her about global health, effective altruism, and road tripping from England to Uzbekistan.

Katie Sierks is a first-year joint degree candidate at the Yale School of Management. She hopes to explore how to efficiently transform agricultural supply chains to more sustainably produce and distribute food globally. Before graduate school, Katie spent four years with Cargill. She worked as an Environmental Engineer and as an Energy and Natural Resource Analyst. Most recently, as a Sustainability and Marketing Associate, Katie strove to exceed Cargill customer sustainability expectations to secure and grow new business. Katie graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and walking around Minneapolis lakes with her dog. 

Emily Sigman is a Colorado native interested in agroforestry, food systems, and ecosystem behavior.  She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow studying jointly at the School of Forestry and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  She’s the manager of the Yale Community Forest Garden, a co-founder of the Yale Agroforestry Collaborative, and a co-leader of the Coalition for Agriculture Food and the Environment and the Yale Ethnobotany and Mycology Society.  You can often find her tinkering in various gardens around campus, teaching herbal medicine workshops, running with her magnificent companion Toly-The-Wonder-Dog, foraging for mushrooms, and looking at maps dreaming of faraway adventures.

Zachary Silver