House Life

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 Directors, College House Fellows and House Directors 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 Director

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

Rhina Duquela,
House Director

House Director

Social justice advocacy & inclusiveness education

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

Krystal Strong,
College House Fellow
Assistant Professor, Literacy, Culture, and International Education/ GSE Formal and non-institutional educational processes; politics and activism;  new and social medias in the cultural and political practices of youth in Africa and the African Diaspora

Fisher Hassenfeld College House

Amalia Dache,
Faculty Director
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Division / GSE Postcolonial geographic contexts of higher education; Afro-Latina/o/x studies; community and student resistance; college-access experiences of African diasporic students and communities

Ebonish Lamar,
House Director

House Director

Curriculum development, Living and Learning Communities, Social Justice programming/training, University Residential Life operations, First Year transition seminars, Assessment, Program development, Graduate Student professional development, Advising

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

Sukaina Hirji,
College House Fellow
Assistant Professor, Philosophy / SAS Ancient philosophy, normative ethics, feminist philosophy

Gregory College House

Lisa Lewis,
Faculty Director

Associate Professor of Nursing and Africana Studies/ Department of Family and Community Health/ School of Nursing; CHAS Faculty Director


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

Gwendolyn Stevens,
House Director
House Director Residential education; diversity, equity and inclusion

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

Jamiella Brooks,
College House Fellow

Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Sociolinguistics; language and power; discourse analysis; anticolonial pedagogies

Harnwell College House

Kent Bream,
Faculty Director

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

Viraj Patel,
House Director
House Director Social justice advocacy, leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander community needs and concerns, dialogue facilitation, higher education, civic engagement and activism

Adriana Perez,
College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Cardiovascular health promotion among older diverse populations; culturally-relevant wellness motivation; promotion of healthy aging via sustainable community programs

Ivanco Talevski,
College House Fellow

Senior Lecturer, Drawing and Painting / SAS

Examples of Mr. Talevski's work can be viewed at

Harrison College House

Deven Patel,
Faculty Director

Associate Professor, Religious Studies & South Asia Studies; Undergraduate Chair, South Asia Studies

Sanskrit language and literature (belles-lettres, epics, and drama); traditions of South Asian grammar and linguistics; the history, aesthetics, and reception of Indian literatures; Indian philosophy and intellectual history; Pali, Prakrit, Hindi and Gujarati language and literature; translation theory

Eric Cottrell,
House Director
House Director Residential education, living-learning environments

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

Mona Merling,
College House Fellow
Assistant Professor, Department of Math Algebraic K-theory, its applications to number theory and manifold theory, and equivariant stable homotopy theory

Hill College House

Julie Sochalski,
Faculty Director

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 Turner,
House Director

House Director  

Fayyaz Vellani,
College House Fellow

Lecturer in Critical Writing,
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"

Elizabeth Scheyder,
College House Fellow

Lecturer in Critical Writing; Instructional Technology Project Leader, 
Instructional Technology and Humanities Computing

Improving instructional technologies

Kings Court English College House

Victor Preciado,
Faculty Director
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) / SEAS Modeling, analysis and optimization of dynamical processes and strategic interactions in large-scale complex networks

Óscar E. Montoya,
College House Fellow

Lecturer, Hispanic and Portuguese Studies / SAS

Intersections between literary language and concepts of political philosophy

Lidia León-Blázquez,
College House Fellow
Lecturer, Hispanic and Portuguese Studies / SAS Contemporary Spanish women’s narrative, feminist theory and gender studies, intellectual and political history, art and cinema, and cultural studies with an emphasis on national-regional identities and on ethnicity in Spain

Rose Malague,
College House Fellow

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Arts / SAS

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

M'hamed Krimo Bokreta,
House Director
House Director Mineralogy; Environment and Technology; Student Learning and Leadership; Advisor to PennScience Journal of Undergraduate Research

Lauder College House

Campbell A. Grey,
Faculty Director
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
Mitchell Holston,
House Director
House Director Student development, student leadership, and social justice
Cynthia Connolly,
College House Fellow
Rosemarie B. Greco Term Endowed Professorship in Advocacy
Professor of Nursing; Co-Faculty Director, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, School of Social Policy & Practice; Associate Director, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Child health care policy and delivery; the history and social ramifications of race, social class, ethnicity and gender as it reflects on children's healthcare and family policy
Laia Mogas-Soldevila,
College House Fellow
Assistant Professor, Architecture / Weitzman School of Design New material practices bridging science, engineering and the arts

New College House West

Amy Stornaiuolo,
Faculty Director​
Associate Professor, Literacy, Culture and International Education / GSE Literacy and learning in adolescence and adulthood; digital literacies; writing; teachers, youth, and social media; education in global contexts
Trina N. Sokoloski,
House Director
House Director  Restorative practices; Residential community development, student engagement, leadership development, staff training
David Amponsah,
College House Fellow
Presidential Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, SAS The intersection of religion with various facets of life in Africa and its diaspora
Orkan Telhan,
College House Fellow
Associate Professor of Fine Arts (Emerging Design Practices) Critical issues in cultural, environmental and social responsibility

Riepe College House

Ralph Rosen,
Faculty Director

Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities and 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

Darby Wiggins,
House Director
House Director Academic program management, faculty governance, residence life, residential curriculum development, student conduct and case management, Servant Leadership Theory, holistic advising

Sebastián Gil-Riaño,
College House Fellow

Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science / SAS

20th century history of scientific racial conceptions with a regional focus on Latin America and the Global South

Marsha Richardson,
College House Fellow
Senior Lecturer, Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division / GSE Professional development; child/adolescent development and resiliency

Rodin College House

Daniel Gillion,
Faculty Director

Presidential Associate Professor, Political Science/ SAS; Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar, Harvard University 2012-2014

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

Kathryn McDonald
House Director

House Director

Residential life, training and development, student leadership and supervision, college teaching, facilitation

Mauro Calcagno,
College House Fellow

Associate Professor of Music / SAS

Musical dramaturgy and theatricality, performance studies, digital humanities, Baroque opera, the madrigal

Jamuna Samuel, 
College House Fellow
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Music / SAS Italian art music of the twentieth century

Ariana Chao,
College House Fellow

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Eating and weight disorders; behavioral, pharmacological, and metabolic/surgical treatment of obesity and binge eating disorder

Katie Rawson,
College House Fellow
Director of Library Services and Operations at the Annenberg School Academic collaboration and community, data curation in the humanities, computational text analysis, food history and culture

Stouffer College House

Kellie Jurado,
Interim Faculty Director
Presidential Assistant Professor of Microbiology / Perelman School of Medicine Disease pathenogenesis of emerging viruses; immunology
Amber Williams,
House Director
House Director Student development; group relations; LGBTQ+ identities; race relations; healthy relationships
Jorge Santiago-Aviles,
College House Fellow
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
Chaojun Wang,
College House Fellow
Assistant Professor of Finance, Wharton School Over-the-counter financial markets, market structure and market design

Ware College House

Mark Liberman,
Faculty Director

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; clinical, legal, and educational applications of linguistic analysis

Miriah McCaffrey,
House Director
House Director Title IX, residence life, the intersection of yoga and meditation with academia and advocacy

Carol Muller,
College House Fellow

Professor of Music / SAS

South African music; music, gender and religious studies; migration and diaspora studies; critical ethnography

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