House Life

College House Expertise

The College Houses provide not only a safe place for undergraduates to live and study, but also allow them the unique opportunity to share their home with Penn's outstanding faculty and other scholars engaged in a multitude of intellectual pursuits. Penn's Faculty Masters, College House Fellows and House Deans bring an incredible wealth of expertise into each of the College Houses, as can be seen in this list.

W.E.B. Du Bois College House

William Gipson,
Faculty Master

Associate Vice-Provost for Equity and Access; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Religious Studies; Primary Investigator, Jesse Ball du Pont Summer Mentorship Plus Grant

Religious activity on campus; counseling and guidance for students, faculty and  staff; community partnership initiatives; academically-based community service courses

Patricia Williams,
House Dean


Composition and rhetoric; poetry; African American women’s literature; McCarthyism at HBCU’s

Tsitsi Jaji,
College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, Department of English

African, African American and Caribbean literatures (English, French, and Spanish), music and literature, African and African Diaspora film

Audrey Mbeje,
College House Fellow

Director, Program in African Languages, African Studies Center  and Lecturer / SAS; Director of Fulbright-Hays Zulu Group Project Abroad in South Africa

African linguistics; foreign language acquisition and pedagogy (specialization in African languages); online materials development for foreign language learners

Fisher Hassenfeld College House

J. Sanford Schwartz,
Faculty Master

Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management & Economics/ Perelman Medicine and Wharton School of Business;

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Medical decision making: Evaluation of medical innovations and interventions (comparative and cost-effectiveness); risk communication; changing physician and patient behavior; adoption and diffusion of medical innovation

April Herring,
House Dean

College House Liaison to Wharton

Interpersonal and small communication, public speaking, student development, Myers-Briggs Personality Theories, group dynamics, leadership, diversity, behavior-based interviews, experiential education, training and learning outcomes and spirituality

Paul Axelsen,
College House Fellow

Professor, Pharmacology / School of Medicine

Protein lipid interactions, especially membrane-mediated protein folding and amyloidogenesis; optical spectroscopy, especially infrared, fluorescence, and internal reflection spectroscopy

Nadine Gabbadon, College House Fellow

Assistant Dean for Advising / The College

Advertising, mass media industries, and the social and industrial construction of age

Gregory College House

Heather Love,
Faculty Master

R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor, Department of English / SAS


Gender studies, modernism, and literary theory; secondary interests in film, politics, visual studies, disability studies, and social theory

Christopher  Donovan,
House Dean

Lecturer, English and Cinema Studies / SAS; College House Liaison to the College

American literature, film and film criticism

Lance Wahlert, College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine;
Director, Master of Bioethics Program;
Director, Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity;
Core Faculty, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Penn; PSOM Faculty Adviser, Minor in Bioethics (SAS)

Medical Humanities; Bioethics;
Queer Studies; English and Irish Literature;
History of Medicine; Cinema Studies; LGBTQ health policy

Philippe Met, College House Fellow

Professor, French and Cinema Studies/ SAS

Modern/Contemporary French Poetry, Fantastic Literature, French Cinema, Horror Cinema, and Crime Cinema

Harnwell College House

Kent Bream, Faculty Master

Medical Director, Sayre Health Center; Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health; Associate Director, Predoctoral Education (Family Medicine); Faculty Advisor, United Community Clinics; Faculty Advisor, Guatemala Health Initiative

Community health; global health; maternal and neonatal health; cultural studies; visual arts

Suhnne Ahn,
House Dean

Lecturer, Cinema Studies / SAS

Beethoven sketch studies and chamber music, French instrumental music of the early 19th century and Tudor history

Daniel Gillion,

College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Africana Studies, and Asian American Studies / SAS; Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar, Harvard University 2012-2014

Racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public opinion, and the American presidency

Felicity Paxton,
College House Fellow

Director, Penn Women's Center; Lecturer, Communications / Annenberg

American culture and literature, ritual theory, youth culture, gender studies, creative non-fiction

Harrison College House

Michael Gamer,
Faculty Master

Associate Professor, English / SAS

Romanticism, 18th- and 19th-c literature, popular culture, copyright and the history of publishing, theater history, composition and rhetoric, teaching and pedagogy

Frank Pellicone,
House Dean

Lecturer, Romance Languages / SAS; Lecturer, Cinema Studies / SAS; College House Liaison to SEAS

Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature; Italian/American Literature and Cultural Studies

Nicola M. Gentili,
College House Fellow

Associate Director, Cinema Studies Program; Administrative Director, Penn-in-Cannes and Penn-in-Florence / SAS

Italian language, literature, and cinema; study abroad; law and business

Thomas Safley,
College House Fellow

Professor of Early Modern European History / SAS

The economic and social history of early modern Europe, circa 1450–1750

Hill College House

Julie Sochalski,

Faculty Master

Associate Professor, Research Faculty, Center for
Health Outcomes and Policy Research / Nursing;
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Variation in patient outcomes and the factors associated
with nursing care; impact of nurse-managed comprehensive geriatric outpatient with frail elders

Stephanie Weaver,
House Dean

College House Liaison to Student Intervention Services

Child psychology, adolescent depression and anxiety

Lisa Lewis,
College House Fellow

Associate Professor of Nursing and Africana Studies/ Department of Family and Community Health/ School of Nursing

Reducing racial disparities in blood pressure control; investigating determinants of medication adherence in hypertensive Blacks; developing and testing community-based interventions targeted at improving the behavioral management of hypertension for urban Blacks

Fayyaz Vellani, College House Fellow

Critical Writing Fellow, Critical Writing Program

The role of law in creating inclusive environments for disabled people, with a particular focus on socio-political and legal frameworks in the UK, USA and Australia. Law, environment and public space: examining notions of equal access and the relationships between representations of identity and various notions of "environment"

Kings Court English College House

Jorge Santiago-Aviles,
Faculty Master

Associate Professor, Electrical and Systems Engineering / SEAS; Co-Principal Investigator, ITEST-Nano project; Advisor, IEEE Student Chapter, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); Co-founder, La Casa Latina

Electro-spinning and nanofiber technology. Electrical Energy Storage Devices, Pseudo-capacitors, Redox electrochemical characterization

M'hamed Krimo Bokreta,
House Dean

Lecturer, Geology / SAS

Mineralogy; Environment and Technology; Student Learning and Leadership; Advisor to PennScience Journal of Undergraduate Research

Campbell A. Grey,
College House Fellow

Associate Professor, Classical Studies / SAS

Roman social and economic history, particularly the history of non-elite and marginal populations such as beggars, criminals, and foreigners.

Rose Malague,
College House Fellow

Sr. Lecturer, Theatre Arts / SAS

Specializations in American theatre and performance, acting theory and pedagogy, women and theatre

Riepe College House

Dennis DeTurck,
Faculty Master

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Mathematics, Robert A Fox Leadership Professor; CHAS Faculty Director

Mathematics, particularly applications of partial differential equations to problems in differential geometry and physics

Marilynne Diggs-Thompson,
House Dean

Lecturer, Anthropology / SAS

Cultural anthropology; modernization and transformation in Guadeloupe; fertility change, family formation, education, and migration among the French West Indian immigrant communities

Ralph Rosen,
College House Fellow

Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies

Greek and Latin literature, especially comic and satirical genres; Greek philosophy and ancient intellectual history; Greek and Roman Medicine; comparative poetics; ancient and modern aesthetics

Betsy Rymes,

College House Fellow

Associate Professor, Linguistics / GSE

Linguistic anthropology of education; Language socialization; Multilingualism and TESOL; Youth culture, mass media, and schooling

Rodin College House

Jay Reise,
Faculty Master

Professor of Music Composition, Department of Music / SAS;
Co-director Penn Contemporary Music ;

President Emeritus, Orchestra 2001

Music composition in the Classical tradition including symphonies, opera, concertos, chamber music; articles on music.

Ryan Keytack,
House Dean

College House Liaison to Nursing

Diversity and sexual conduct education; theater and performance studies; acting, directing, and improvisation; musical theater history; student development and leadership programs

Orkan Telhan,
College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts; Emerging Design Practices / Fine Arts & School of Design

The design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility; visual communication in Fines Arts, interdisciplinary design studios 

Emily Dolan, College House Fellow

Associate Professor of 18th & early 19th century Music; Undergraduate Chair, Department of Music / SAS

Joseph Haydn and development of the modern orchestra; machinery in French Opera; history of organology; musical and scientific instruments; indie pop music

Stouffer College House

Phil Nichols,
Faculty Master

Associate Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics / Wharton

Corruption; economic and social development in emerging economies; international institutions, particularly trade

Amanda Atkinson, House Dean


Academic advising; Community building; First-year experience
programming; Sophomore year programming; Student judicial

Annette Reed, College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies / SAS

Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and Jewish/ Christian relations in Late Antiquity; angelology and demonology; the redeployment of Second Temple Jewish traditions in late antique Judaism and Christianity; the parallels and overlaps between Jewish and Christian self-definition in Late Antiquity

Juan Jiménez, College House Fellow

Research Associate, Institute for Medicine and Engineering, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine / School of Medicine

Characteristics of blood flow in the cardiovascular system related to the development of atherosclerosis

Ware College House

Mark Liberman,
Faculty Master

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics / SAS; Professor, Computer and Information Science / SEAS; Director, Linguistic Data Consortium

Prosody; the melody and rhythm of speech; speech and language technology; the evolution of language

Utsav Schurmans,
House Dean

Consulting Scholar, University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology

Archaeology of early humans in and outside of Africa

Kevin Platt, College House Fellow


Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities; Slavic Languages and Literature; Graduate Chair, Comparative Literature / SAS

Russian history and historiography; history and memory in Russia; Russian lyric poetry.

Helen Davies,
College House Fellow

Professor, Microbiology; Lecturer in Infectious Diseases / School of Medicine; former National President, Association for Women in Science

Bioenergetics, on reactions of mitochondrial and bacterial cytochromes; virulence factors of Streptococci and Haemophilus organisms; recruitment and retention of minority group members and women in biomedical careers



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