Graduate Affiliates

The college maintains a roster of graduate and professional students who are selected in early fall and late spring drafts. These affiliates are available to give Branfordians advice on their studies, careers, and grad school, and they host events and study breaks for students. Feel free to reach out to any graduate affiliate; they are here for you! (Please direct all general inquiries about Branford’s graduate affiliate program to or

Mohit Agrawal

Mohit Agrawal is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the economics department at Yale University. He is an applied microeconomist and uses structural techniques to study US healthcare, education, and politics. Mohit previously worked for the Department of Defense and worked in analytics at President Obama’s 2012 campaign headquarters in Chicago. Mohit majored in mathematics at Princeton University, studied economics at the National University of Ireland-Galway as a Mitchell Scholar, and received an MBA at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Mohit is a politics geek and is always down for table tennis, so say hi when you see him around.

Clint Bartlett

Clint ( completed his MBA in his native Cape Town last year before heading over to Yale SOM to undertake his Masters in Advanced Management. He has a background in freelance consulting and non-profit management, and is passionate about how business can be a force for good. Clint has tried his hands at entrepreneurial ventures with varying degrees of success, and particularly enjoys chatting with soon-to-be graduates about their career hopes and aspirations. In his free time, Clint likes to read fantasy (a huge LOTR fan), mountain bike and discuss politics.

Jolisa Brooks

Jolisa (Jo) is a first-year Master of Environmental Science candidate (MESc 2018). Her studies have focused on political theory, the history and philosophy of science, and environmental policy. As an undergraduate undergrad, Jolisa conducted geological research in Antarctica and Ushuaia, Argentina where she analyzed sustainable industrial fishing policies to protect keystone species. After graduating (2015), she served as a corporate responsibility analyst for ArcelorMittal USA. There, she worked on projects including land restoration at former industrial sites, and creating and investing in preexisting STEM programs for inner-city Chicago youth. Jolisa has also shaped international policy as a fellow with the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and currently works with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Her research interests include environmental justice, governance, as well as social, political and industrial ecology. She is a womanist, environmentalist, and human rights advocate. She loves Gilmore Girls and exploring, having traveled to six continents. You can reach Jolisa at

Thomas Burke

Thomas is a second year Master’s of Divinity Candidate at Yale Divinity School. A former infantry Marine, Thomas served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now training to becoming a US Naval Chaplain. As a Connecticut native Thomas is thrilled to serve the Branford community and help undergraduates facilitate the reintegration of veterans returning home from war on campus. In addition, Thomas is looking forward to opening up the interfaith dialogue of our beautiful and unique community here at Branford.

Rebecca Byler

Becky is a second year Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering. Her research focuses on the development of nanoparticle-based treatments and vaccines for leishmaniasis, the world’s second most debilitating parasitic disease. She graduated in 2013 from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and minors in women’s studies, chemistry, and international affairs. Becky also received her Master of Public Health from Yale in 2016, focusing on the epidemiology of microbial diseases with concentrations in global health and regulatory affairs. When not in lab, you can find Becky bouldering, trekking, and traveling. She loves to grab coffee and chat!

Stella Cao

Stella is a masters student in the five-year program at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a Branford alum (2014). As an undergraduate, she majored in geology & geophysics and co-moderated the Asian American Students Alliance. After graduation, she worked in the power and energy sector as a consultant in Denver and equity research associate in New York. At Yale, Stella developed her love of traveling and is excited to share her experiences- and also learn about new places to visit! She enjoys conversations over tea, yoga, paddle boarding, and cooking. Feel free to reach out to her at

Kayla DeLeon

Kayla is a third-year student in the three-year JD/MBA program at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. She has a bachelor’s degree in Government (Political Science) from Cornell University. In her free time, Kayla enjoys wine tasting, learning new recipes, and visiting dog parks with her Chinese Sharpei, Maximus. She is excited to meet the members of the Branford College community and share her enthusiasm for corporate law, New Haven restaurants, and travel. Feel free to reach out to her via email at

Jonathan Gaillard

Jonathan is a third year medical student at the School of Medicine and hopes to one day become a pediatrician of some sort. Jonathan has served as the vice-president of the Medical Student Council. He also researches congenital arteriovenous malformations and Moyamoya disease with neurosurgeon Dr. Kris Kahle. He came to Yale after graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in engineering business. When he isn’t busy in the hospital, Jonathan likes rowing with the Graduate School Crew Team, running, biking, reading science fiction, and baking. He looks forward to returning to the Branford community for his second year. You can reach him at

Christopher Geissler

Chris Geissler ( is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics and co-manager of the Branford Pottery Studio. His research focuses on the phonology-phonetics interface and language change, examining the sound patterns and histories of Tibetan and related languages of the greater Himalayan region. Chris graduated from Swarthmore College in 2013 with majors in linguistics and religion, and is presently affiliated with the Yale Himalaya Initiative and Haskins Laboratories. He enjoys cooking, fencing, skiing, and reading science fiction, and is active in the Yale Buddhist Sangha.

Erinma Kalu

Eri is a first-year law student at Yale Law School and a Branford alum (2014). Her interests lie in women’s health and international human rights. Previously at Yale, she studied global health and graduated from the five-year BA-MPH program with a degree in health policy. Eri adores Branford and is thrilled to be part of our community again. She loves to read good fiction, think about theology, and laugh at pop culture. Please reach out to chat about anything at!

Tobias Kuehne

Tobi Kuehne is a 2012 graduate of Branford College and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in the German Department and a J.D. at the Law Shool. Hailing originally from Germany, he found a home away from home at Yale, and in the Branford community in particular. When he is not working on early 20th-century literature and continental philosophy, Tobi enjoys exercising, watching soccer, and preparing German food. You may reach out to him at

Anna Marra

Anna Marra ( graduated cum laude from the University of Udine, Italy. She’s now working on her second PhD here at Yale, where she also serves as Curatorial Assistant at the Beinecke Library. Her research focuses on Medieval literature, meditation, and contemporary poetry. Anna is a filmmaker, too: her love for cinema has drawn her into Yale Law Visual Project, and into co-organizing the Yale Festival of New Italian Cinema. Anna also leads the Dante Working group and serves as Vice President of STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale). In her free time Anna loves meditating, sailing and filming.

Fatima Mirza

Fatima is in her first year at the Yale School of Medicine. Before Yale, she graduated from Harvard with a degree in biochemistry & biophysics and then earned her MPH from the University of Cambridge. She works passionately at the intersection between policy, media, research, and clinical medicine. In her free time, Fatima loves playing the violin, running around New Haven, and cooking Pakistani food. You can reach her at

Charles O’Malley

Charlie is a first year student in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to coming to Yale, Charlie worked at a number of theaters in Chicago. He doubts that the idea of “free time” exists, but he does enjoy film, theatre history, training for marathons, rewatching 30 Rock, and his cat. He is a 2011 graduate of Vassar College. You can reach him at

Matthew Piva

Matthew Piva ( is a third-year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. His research focuses on social neuroscience, utilizing interacting dyads of both human subjects and animal models. In 2014, he graduated with a BSc in Physiology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Matthew has a sincere love of television, movies, practicing his overly aggressive renditions of classical music, and trying desperately to lift heavy objects. He will be helping out in the Branford Digital Media Center (DMC), so feel free to reach out to him with any questions regarding digital media at Branford.

Erika Rogan

Erika is a fifth year student in the Health Policy & Management PhD program. Before coming to Yale, she worked as a healthcare consultant to several federal government agencies. Erika has a MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a BS in Health Studies from Georgetown University. When she is not with her laptop, Erika likes going to the theater, watching college basketball, and traveling. She is excited to be a part of the Branford community and happy to discuss consulting careers, opportunities and issues in public health, and all things Washington, DC.

Andrew Ruben

Drew is a 2L at Yale Law School. He is from Wallingford, CT.  Prior to YLS, he traveled, worked at Bridgewater Associates, and co-founded Blue State Coffee. As a Yale undergrad (class of 2011), he was an American Studies major and Freshman Counselor in Saybrook COllege. He loves skiing, squash, and American history, and he is thrilled to be part of the Branford community.

Yishai Schwartz

Yishai Schwartz is a second-year student at Yale Law School and a 2013 Branford alum. Before returning to Yale, he worked as a reporter-researcher at The New Republic and an Associate Editor at Lawfare, a national security law publication at the Brookings Institution. As an undergraduate, he majored in philosophy and religious studies, and spent a lot of time on the swing in the Branford courtyard. He’s thrilled to be back in the Branford community, and hopes you’ll reach out to him at

Sonia Taneja

Sonia is a first year student at the School of Medicine and a 2013 graduate from Yale, where she majored in Psychology. But most importantly, she is also a graduate of Branford College! She is incredibly excited to be back in New Haven and a part of the Branford community. After graduation, Sonia spent one year living in India where she worked on a mental health assessment of women who were trafficked and those who are involved in a cycle of intergenerational castebased prostitution. Sonia also recently completed her MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where her thesis considered race as a barrier to cervical and breast cancer screening for women in the US. Outside of class, Sonia enjoys dancing bhangra, Hindi films, comedy clubs, food in general, and traveling. Feel free to come talk to her about any of the above or anything at all! BFA!