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Jonathan Colen

Jonathan Colen is a Ph.D. candidate in the University Program in Ecology. His research interests focus on how species may stay distinct despite the homogenizing effects of hybridization. As an educator, Jonathan believes that teaching is an act of empathy and that the best teachers are those that foster kindness and compassion in the students that they instruct. His prior teaching experience includes teaching labs as a Teaching Assistant in introductory biology courses (Bio 201 and 203) and leading guest lectures for Bio 263. Prior to graduate school, Jonathan served as a tutor for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Academic Support for Student Athletes Program. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S.H. in Biology in 2016.

Jessica Reif

Jessica Reif is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Management + Organizations area at Fuqua. Her research explores social networks and social influence at work, as well as the role of technology in shaping the future of work. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Jess was the Director of Research & Development for a consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Jacob Little

Jacob Little is a Ph.D. candidate in Duke’s Political Science department with a specialization in political theory. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston. He studies the history of political thought broadly, with particular interest in ancient, early modern, and American political thought. His dissertation is on how regimes can manage the promise and the peril of political ambition.

Ivy Flessen

Ivy Flessen is in her third year in the Political Science Ph.D. program. She is a budding political theorist whose work lies at the intersection of the history of political thought and moral psychology. She writes primarily on ancient Greek and early modern political thought, with a focus on the political mechanization of “sub-rational” passions. She has many working papers at the submission stage, including a piece on the rhetoric of Plato’s Republic, co-authored with Michael Gillespie and Mike Hawley. While, administratively, she is spending this year leading a funded Franklin Humanities reading group and running the Duke Political Theory Graduate Conference, she is also developing her dissertation topic. Her project will explore the political value of indignation in the history of political thought.

Evan Pebesma

Evan Pebesma is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University. His research interests include U.S. literature, American studies, political theory, and comedy studies. He is currently serving as the Academic Affairs Intern at The Graduate School. Evan specializes in literature and language arts education, with an emphasis on teaching writing skills. He has undertaken extensive pedagogical training through the Certificate in Teaching Writing in the Disciplines, the Certificate in College Teaching, and the Humanities Teaching as Leadership Training Workshop.

Eric Tuttle

Eric is a Ph.D. candidate in the Theology Department at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studies constructive and political theologies. His dissertation offers a constructive account of Christian eschatology that is attentive to political and ethical concerns. Elsewhere, his work focuses on democratic organizing, responses to historic injustice, apocalyptic theology, and doctrines of God.