Graduate Affiliates

Graduate Affiliate Program

The graduate affiliate program (GAP) functions as a bridge to bring Yale College undergraduates and Yale University graduate and professional students together.  A dynamic group of eight enthusiastic graduate and professional students is affiliated with Saybrook College for the academic year (find their bios and contact information below).  Our graduate affiliates will be visible and available to give advice, mentoring support, and share ideas on every aspect of life over meals in the dining hall – just join them at the Grad Affiliate table or by e-mail if you have specific questions you would like to ask.  Grad Affiliates also participate in everyday life at Saybrook by supporting the SAC (Student Activities Committee) in organizing various activities and social events and as advisors to SCC clubs or committees.  Saybrugians are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the graduate affiliates’ perspective on applications for fellowships or professional schools, presentation skills, or life after college in general.

Casey Graetz

Casey is currently a second-year law student at Yale Law School. She grew up in Milford, CT and received her BA in American Studies from Yale College in 2014, where she was a proud member of Saybrook College. Before returning to New Haven for law school, Casey worked as a paralegal for a small civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C. Casey is particularly interested in public interest law, specifically civil rights litigation and criminal justice reform. Having spent most of her life as a Connecticut resident, Casey loves New Haven and has strong opinions about the best pizza in town. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, podcasts, and baking. She looks forward to returning to Saybrook and talking with current students about professional school and life after college more generally. Contact her at

Adam Hailburton

Adam, SY’10, GSAS ’15 studies Japanese literature and theater at the Graduate School. He was an EP&E major in undergrad and worked for Yale’s Office of Federal Relations after graduating, before moving to Japan. This is his seventh year living in New Haven, and weekends he usually tries to see as much of Connecticut as possible outside of the New York—New Haven stretch by foot, bike, and car. Adam attends and is available to consult for Mellon forums. He has also heard tell of a fabled Saybrook Historical Society Committee… Contact Adam at

Zoe Jacoby

Zoe is a second-year student at Yale Law School and a 2014 Saybrook College alum. As an undergraduate, she majored in American Studies and was involved in Demos at Dwight Hall and the Yale Film Society. She’s thrilled to be back in New Haven after two years in Washington, DC working as a researcher for a law firm’s Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice. Zoe enjoys solving crossword puzzles, watching classic films, and exploring New Haven’s restaurants. She looks forward to talking to current Saybrugians about applying to law school and post-grad jobs, and is always game to swap recommendations for movies or cheap eats in the Elm City. Contact her at

Theodore Lee

Ted is a JD student at Yale Law School. He received his BA from Yale College, where he co-captained the Saybrook intramural swim team and double-majored in Economics and Political Science. Before law school, Ted worked in the Boston headquarters of global management consulting firm Bain & Company and at Social Finance, a non-profit mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress. Ted is interested in health care policy, LGBT rights, and the intersection of the public and private sectors. He also loves yoga, running, and Netflix. He’s happy to chat about life or advise students on careers and graduate/professional school. Contact him at

Daniel MacGuigan

Dan is a fourth year PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. He grew up in central New Jersey and completed a B.S. in biology with a minor in music at the University of Rochester. While at Rochester, Dan pursued a broad array of research interests, from the community ecology of invasive plants to the territorial displays of Anolis lizards. At Yale, Dan is studying evolutionary biology in darters, a large group of freshwater North American fishes. Specifically, Dan focuses on the factors that drive populations to become new species and how to effectively describe species with genetic and morphological data. Dan’s research often requires extensive field work, including catching lizards in the Dominican Republic and fishing in the mountain streams of Kentucky. Outside of academics, Dan is an avid but amateur backpacker, and can’t wait to organize Saybrook expeditions to the White Mountains. Dan is always happy to sit down and chat about anything from the graduate school application process to why Valve is the most innovative game developer of the last decade. Feel free to contact him at

Marisa Poverman

Marisa is a student of the Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner clinical specialty program at the Yale School of Nursing.  She graduated from Yale College in 2010 with a B.A. in English.  While at Yale, Marisa was on the diving team, loved working in the Duffy Photo, Print, and Drawing Study Room at the YUAG, and completed  the writing concentration in fiction.  After undergrad, she taught for several years at a junior college in Singapore and worked in social work.  She looks forward to spending time with fellow Saybrugians at the Rep this year with “Saybrook at the Rep.”

Sarah Ana Seligman

Sarah Ana studies seventeenth-century art and artistic theory in Europe, with a focus on painting, printmaking, and architectural history. She received her B.A. from Smith Collage (2014), and her M.A.R. from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2016).  Prior to joining the doctoral program at Yale Sarah Ana worked in art restoration where she trained in Bologna Italy (2008-2009), and held a curatorial internship in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Print Room (2013). Sarah Ana has been a yoga practitioner since 2010. She received her (200 hour) Kripalu yoga teacher certification (2012), and remains influenced by both Kripalu and Iyengar traditions. She looks forward to teaching yoga, and speaking to current Saybrook students about art and art history. Contact her at

Avery Thompson

I’m originally from Portland, Oregon and graduated from Yale in the spring of 2017 with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I’m so excited to be staying at Yale for another year to pursue a master’s in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and I feel particularly lucky to stay involved with Saybrook as a graduate affiliate. Saybrook was more than a dorm to me – it was a home and belonging to this community was a defining part of my undergraduate experience. I can’t wait for everything this year has in store! Reach her at

Max Walden

Max grew up in Guilford, CT, and graduated from Yale College in 2011 with a BA in history.  As an undergraduate he was an LGBTQ Peer Liaison and captained the men’s cross country team.  After working in Washington, DC, for a year as a paralegal and consultant he returned to New Haven in the fall of 2012 to begin his PhD in history.  His dissertation is on American universities during the First World War, though his academic interests also include international relations, economics, and the philosophy of history.  He is especially interested in the relationship between history and narrative, which was the subject of his undergraduate seminar “Historical Fictions.”  When not in his SML carrel, Max can typically be found running the streets of New Haven.  Contact him at

Emily Wanger

Emily is a third-year student at Yale Law School and a 2013 Saybrook College alum. As an undergraduate, she double-majored in Political Science and English and was involved in the Yale Daily News and the Yale Women’s Club Basketball Team. Before law school, Emily worked as an analyst at a New York law firm specializing in cross-border litigation. Emily is most interested in civil rights law and criminal law. She loves playing basketball, being outdoors (and is very excited that she finally has a bike in New Haven!), and traveling. Emily is excited to meet Saybrugians and chat about anything and everything, including law school but certainly not limited to that! Contact her at

Mattie Wheeler

Mattie is currently a third year law student at Yale Law School. In 2013, she received her BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale College, where she was a member of Saybrook College. Mattie spent the year after graduation as a Fox International Fellow in Paris, and then worked as an economic consultant in Washington, DC. Mattie is interested in international law and foreign policy. Originally from California, Mattie also loves running, horseback riding, cooking, and searching for sunshine in New Haven. She’s looking forward to chatting about life in New Haven and/or advising students applying to Yale international fellowships and professional school.  Contact Mattie at

Fan Zhang

Fan is a fourth year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering department. Since he graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, he has been studying how to use advanced machine learning technique in medical images to help physicians understand diseases and perform diagnosis. He is also involved with the School of Public Health and the School of Management to study health care economics, policy and business operation, with a vision to integrate different domains to create value in the health care sector. Fan is a fervent advocate that every human should have four arms instead of two. He loves guitar, music, basketball and reasoning. Tastic is his middle name. Find him at