Fellows of Jonathan Edwards

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Priscila Bala


Priscila Bala is a Portfolio Associate with Octopus Ventures, in New York City. Previously, she was the Director of the Mentor Network at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, connecting ventures to experienced advisors, and growing Yale’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is an entrepreneur and business professional with experience in investment banking, fundraising and business development. Priscila has taught executive courses on behavioral economics, negotiations and competitive strategy. She is a fellow of the Yale Center for Customer Insights. Her financial career included working with European Equities at Credit Suisse in New York and Latin American Equities at Morgan Stanley in São Paulo, Brazil. She has served on various nonprofit boards and is a fervent advocate for financial literacy, access to education, the arts and the outdoors. She holds a BA and MBA from Yale University.


Jurgen Bank


Jurgen Bank, an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist focusing on leadership development with corporate clients around the world, and a resident fellow in JE, is interested in discussing intercultural experiences over lunch or coffee breaks. He would like to talk about questions and insights related to situations where different cultures meet, such as travel experiences, observations on intercultural friendships and, of course, the experience of being immersed in or confronted with a different culture while living abroad or, if you originate from another culture, living here. He currently is developing a project to explore the ways in which national, ethnic, and local cultures mix with corporate cultures around the globe. Jurgen grew up in Germany, and himself immigrated to the United States in 1998. Jurgen.Bank@bts.com

Russell Barbour Ph.D..


Russell Barbour Ph.D.. As Associate-Director for Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), he studies HIV and hepatitis C risk. His teaching focuses on clustered and missing data, and Bayesian Methods. Dr. Barbour also teaches seminars at the State University of St. Petersburg. He is involved in international health projects in South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan and Madagascar. His interest in wildlife conservation includes service on the Advisory Board of the Cape Peninsula National Park in South Africa and the Development Committee of the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in Madagascar. russell.barbour@yale.edu

Marisa Bass


Marisa Bass is Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department at Yale. She a scholar of Renaissance art, with a focus on intersections between art and intellectual culture in the early modern Netherlands. Her research interests include the representation of nature, the cult of images, portraiture, print culture, and Renaissance notions of imagination and invention. She teaches courses on everything from anatomical illustration to the paintings of Rembrandt.

Enrique Betancourt


Enrique Betancourt is an expert on urban policy and crime and violence prevention. He recently served as Executive Director of the National Center for Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation in Mexico. Currently he is Executive Director and co-founder of CONTEXTUAL, an organization that develops tools for bridging the gap between policy design and successful implementation. Previously he was Deputy General Director of Social Policy for the Presidency of the Republic of Mexico. betancourt.enrique@gmail.com

Murray Biggs


Murray Biggs has taught English, Theater Studies, and some Film since he joined the Yale faculty in 1986. He is now part- time. His chief interests are Renaissance English drama, and modern drama across the globe, with a special focus on the interplay between text and performance. Every year he offers an upper-level course in acting Shakespeare. murray.biggs@yale.edu

R. Howard Bloch


R. Howard Bloch is Sterling Professor of French and Chair of Medieval Studies at Yale.  For many years he directed the Humanities Program and the Directed Studies Program.  Having studied at Amherst College and Stanford, he taught at SUNY-Buffalo, UC-Berkeley, and Columbia University, before settling in the 06511 zip code.  He is the author of many books on medieval and modern literature, most recently A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry (Random House, 2006) and One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern (W. W. Norton, 2016).

Gerhard Bowering


Gerhard Bowering, is Professor of Islamic Studies, specializing in the study of the Qur’an and its interpretation, Islamic religious history, and the contemporary world of Islam. Over lunch in JE, on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, he would like to share his experiences of study, research and travel in the Islamic world all across the globe from Morocco to Mindanao (in the Arab Middle East, North Africa, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Indonesia, as well as contacts with Muslim communities of China, Europe and America). No special language skills required, just an informal exchange of views and ideas. gerhard.bowering@yale.edu

Andrée Aelion Brooks


Andrée Aelion Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer currently specializing in Jewish social history.
A former contributing columnist for the New York Times, she is an Associate Fellow at Yale University and founder and first president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale – a program operated out of Yale Law School that trains women from all pars of the world to run for political office. In 2013 she was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
Her award-winning books include a biography of Dona Gracia Nasi, a 16th century international banker who saved hundreds of victims of the Inquisition; Russian Dance, about a Bolshevik spy; Out of Spain, a children’s program in Sephardic history; and Children of Fast Track Parents, on parenting today. She wrote over 1500 articles for the New York Times from 1979 to 1998.
andreebrooks@hotmail.com Website: www.andreeaelionbrooks.com

Samuel A. Burrell, Jr.


My association with Jonathan Edwards College began in 1966, when I became head Tackle Football coach.  The team played in the very competitive Yale Intercollege Football league. 

In 1968, Beekman Cannon, Master of Jonathan Edwards College, appointed me an Associate Fellow.  Also in 1968 Yale University Athletic Director DeLaney Kiphuth appointed me head Yale freshman baseball coach thus becoming the the first black coach in Ivy League.  From 1969 to 1992 I coached freshman baseball and freshman football at Yale.  In 1993 I was appointed a Yale varsity assistant coach by Head Coach Carmen Cozza and coached until 1997.

I am a past president of the Walter Camp Football Foundation and organization founded to perpetuate the name of Walter Camp, Yale Class of 1880, who was captain of the Yale team in 1879, and is regarded as the father of American College Football.

In 1996, director of Athletics Thomas Beckett appointed me Community Outreach Coordinator of the Thomas W. Ford ‘42 Outreach program for the Yale Athletics department.  Along with my association with Yale I served with the New Haven Board of Education and supervised the Middle School Athletic Program.

I was also honored for being a member of the Hamden Legislative Council for 12 years and was President pro temp on the Council.