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

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

Jack Drummond,
College House Fellow

Director of Restorative Practices, Perelman School of Medicine Healthcare disparities and equity in healthcare

Audrey Mbeje, Ph.D.,
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

Kay V. Lloyd, M.Ed.,
House Director
House Director Environments/culture, adult-learning curriculum development, and policy

Fisher Hassenfeld College House

Mona Merling,
Interim Faculty Director
Assistant Professor of Mathematics / SAS Algebraic K-theory, its applications to number theory and manifold theory, and equivariant stable homotopy theory
Ricardo Howell,
College House Fellow
Associate Director and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences African American history, culture, and community formation, Philadelphia, and urban history
Christina Frei,
College House Fellow
Executive Director of Language Instruction for the School of Arts & Sciences; Academic Director, Penn Language Center; Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education Second language acquisition, curriculum design, digital pedagogy

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

Gregory College House

Simon Richter,
Faculty Director

Class of 1942 Endowed Term Professor of German; Department Chair, Germanic Languages and Literatures


Cultural aspacts of the climate emergency, especially regarding resilience, adaptation, and sustainability in Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States

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
Director, Student Equity & Inclusion Initiatives at Penn Carey Law Sociolinguistics; language and power; discourse analysis; anticolonial pedagogies
Alize Roberson, M.Ed,
House Director
House Director Leadership development, student engagement

Gutmann College House

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
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
Kellie Jurado,
College House Fellow
Presidential Assistant Professor of Microbiology / Perelman School of Medicine Disease pathenogenesis of emerging viruses; immunology
Kathryn McDonald,
House Director
House Director Residential life, training and development, student leadership and supervision, college teaching, facilitation

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

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

Megan Jimmerson,
House Director
House Director Challenging traditional practices and perspectives to create more equitable student experiences

Harrison College House

Deven Patel,
Faculty Director, Harrison;
CHAS 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

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

Matt Neff,
College House Fellow
Director of Undergraduate Fine Arts & Design Historical and current negotiations of power and privilege
Eric Cottrell,
House Director
House Director Residential education, living-learning environments

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

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 Cinema and Media Studies as well as Communicating Science; Senior Instructional Technology Project Leader,  SAS Computing

Improving instructional technologies; fakes and forensics in digital media

Robert Scheyder,
College House Fellow
Lecturer in Liberal and Professional Studies Philosophy of Science; History and development of Greek mathematics
Gwendolyn Stevens,
House Director
House Director Residential education; diversity, equity and inclusion

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
Rachel Baker,
College House Fellow
Associate Professor, Higher Education Division / GSE Access to and success in higher education with a focus on students in broad-access institutions
Laia Mogas-Soldevila,
College House Fellow
Assistant Professor, Architecture / Weitzman School of Design New material practices bridging science, engineering and the arts

The College House at the Radian

Carol Muller,
Faculty Director

Professor of Music / SAS

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

Shalyssa Smith,
House Director
House Director Housing and food insecurity, race relations, and healthy relationships

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

Stephanie Burke Lewis,
House Director
House Director Intentional living, community development

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

Carmen Alvarez,
Interim Faculty Director
Associate Professor of Nursing Cuidándome (“taking care of myself”) – a trauma-informed approach to improving psychological well-being for Latina survivors of adverse childhood experiences
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

Sonia Elliott, M.Ed,
House Director
House Director The intersection of college access/transition, retention and post-graduate development

Alicia Risner-Bauman, DDS,
College House Fellow

Associate Director, Care Center for Persons with Disabilities; Assistant Professor of Clinical Oral Medicine; Assistant Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry / Department of Dental Medicine

Clinical care in public health settings; dentistry for persons with disabilities

Mónica Velasco-González,
College House Fellow

Lecturer in Foreign Languages; Spanish 0400 Coordinator / SAS

Integration of technology in foreign language curriculum; intercultural competence