Junior Fellows

Amada Beltrán

Amada Beltrán

PhD Student

PhD student in History at UC Berkeley, specializing in Colonial Mexico. She graduated in 2014 from The Catholic University of America, where she studied History and Theology. Her primary interests are the history of religion and the history of the family.

Keith Bouma-Gregson

Keith Bouma-Gregson

PhD Student

PhD student studying freshwater ecology and conservation in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. He received a BA from Westmont College, then an MS from the University of Michigan in 2011 researching sustainable aquaculture. At Berkeley he studies the ecology of cyanobacteria in California rivers. Website

Abram Coetsee

Abram Coetsee

PhD Student

PhD student at Cornell University in the English Department. Coetsee graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a BA in English and Religious Studies. Religious Studies awarded Coetsee the Department Citation as its most distinguished graduate of 2011.

Kevin Doxzen

Kevin Doxzen

PhD Student

PhD student in the Biophysics Program at UC Berkeley studying structural biology. Kevin was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore from 2011 to 2012 where he focused on mechanobiology. He received his BA in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. Website

Dena Fehrenbacher

Dena Fehrenbacher

PhD Student

PhD student at Harvard University in the English Department. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Bulgaria from 2010 to 2011. She graduated from the UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics and English in 2010.

Chad Hegelmeyer

Chad Hegelmeyer

PhD Student

PhD student at New York University in the English Department. Hegelmeyer graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a BA in English and Linguistics.

Charity Ketz

Charity Ketz

PhD Candidate

PhD candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley, specializing in Eighteenth-Century British literature and Romanticism. She received her BA from Penn State University, an MFA in poetry from Cornell University, and has held lectureships at both universities. Her book of poems, The Narcoleptic Yard (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), won second place for the Hudson Prize in poetry. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

Nuri Kim

Nuri Kim

MD-PhD Student

MD-PhD Student at Stony Brook University. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a BA in English and Molecular and Cell Biology.

Jonathan Kohler

Jonathan Kohler

PhD Student

PhD student at UC Berkeley in the Physics Department. He received a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2011. He is currently studying ultracold atomic physics. His extracurricular interests include philosophy of science and the relationships between science, society, and religion.

Alexandra McCleary

Alexandra McCleary

PhD Student

PhD student in the Anthropology Department at UC Berkeley, specializing in archaeology. She was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2014. She graduated from Barnard College in 2012 with a BA in Anthropology

Monica Mikhail

Monica Mikhail

PhD Student

PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in the Anthropology Department. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a BA in English and Integrative Biology.

Kathleen Powers

Kathleen Powers

PhD Student

Ph.D. Student in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley studying philosophy of science. She graduated from Yale University in 2012 and received an M.Phil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2013.

Cassandra Sciortino

Cassandra Sciortino

PhD Candidate

PhD candidate in Art History at UC Santa Barbara, specializing in British and European nineteenth-century art. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Art History and has been a 2-year Kress Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max Planck Institut) in Florence, Italy. She has taught Italian Renaissance art history at UC Santa Barbara and for the Pratt Art Institute’s study-abroad program in Lucca, Italy. She also studies art as an instrument of cultural diplomacy in Europe since World War II, and has organized conferences and given lectures on this subject in Vienna, Prague, the University of Istanbul, and at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

PhD Candidate

PhD candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley, specializing in Renaissance and early modern literature. He received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. After graduation, he was the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Digital Humanities at Washington University where he conducted research for the Spenser Digital Archive, a joint print and electronic edition of the complete works of Edmund Spenser for Oxford University Press. He writes about friendship in the works of Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Mary Wroth.

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

PhD Candidate

PhD candidate at Cornell University in the English Department, focusing on twentieth century Anglo-American poetry and intellectual history. He received his B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley in 2007.

Ethan Van Andel

Ethan Van Andel

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate in the Mathematics Department at UC Berkeley, specializing in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science. Graduated from Calvin College in 2011 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. His extra-mathematical interests include epistemology and the culture of discourse.

Marissa Ramirez Zweiger

Marissa Ramirez Zweiger

PhD Student

PhD student in Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. She received a BA in Mathematics also from UC Berkeley in 2015 and then went on to complete a year of post-bachelor research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research interests include numerical algorithms for partial differential equations (the Boltzmann transport equation in particular) and high performance computing. Outside of Berkeley, she serves as a math instructor at San Quentin State Prison and as a board member for the Oakland Catholic Worker.