Fellows of Jonathan Edwards

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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).

Maikel Boot


Maikel Boot is a postdoctoral fellow in the Rego Lab in the department of Microbial Pathogenesis at the Yale University School of Medicine. He joined as a JE fellow in December 2018. Maikel’s research focuses on the causative agent of tuberculosis; Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He is specifically interested in killing this bacterium by identifying its Achilles heel while it lives within its human host. Maikel is involved in the Yale Postdoctoral Association and hopes to help structure the professional learning curve of Yale Postdocs. In his free time, you can find Maikel at the JE Fellow dinners or in Payne Whitney in case you want to introduce yourself. Emailing is also fine: maikel.boot@yale.edu

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.

Ardis Butterfield


Ardis Butterfield moved to Yale in 2012 from University College London to take up a post in the English Department, where she is John M. Schiff Professor of English, Professor of French and Professor of Music. She specializes in medieval literature, both English and French, and also in medieval music. 

Steve Chang


Steve Chang is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology. He has been at the forefront of using live social interaction paradigms in rhesus macaques for investigating the neural mechanisms of social decision-making and also examining how social motivation could be improved by neuromodulators both at the behavioral as well as at the level of single neurons. He hypothesizes that our social behaviors are heavily reinforcement-driven. He received Ph.D. from Washington University Neuroscience Program, and completed his postdoctoral work at Duke University. Steve teaches neuroscience-related courses from the Department of Psychology. Steve is happy to chat with anyone interested in psychology and neuroscience. steve.chang@yale.edu

Oswaldo Chinchilla


Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos is an Assistant Professor at Yale University, Department of Anthropology, and formerly professor at the University of San Carlos and curator at the Museo Popol Vuh, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala. His research focuses on Mesoamerican art, religion, and writing, and he has conducted extensive field research at various sites in Guatemala, focusing especially on the settlement patterns, urbanism, and sculptural art of the Pacific Coastal site of Cotzumalhuapa. In 2011, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on Cotzumalhuapa art and archaeology. His recent work on Mesoamerican religion and art has resulted in a series of innovative papers, and the book Imágenes de la Mitología Maya (2011), which examines mythological themes in Maya, in the light of a broad, comparative assessment of relevant sources that include the Popol Vuh and other narratives from all over Mesoamerica. In addition to numerous articles in major journals, he is the author of Cotzumalguapa, la Ciudad Arqueológica: El Baúl-Bilbao-El Castillo (2012), Guatemala, Corazón del Mundo Maya (1999); editor of Arqueología Subacuática: Amatitlán, Atitlán (2011); and coeditor of The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing (2001), and The Technology of Maya Civilization: Political Economy and Beyond in Lithic Studies (2011).