Meet the Admissions Team
Below is an alphabetical listing of the Tufts admissions officers and their geographic liaison assignments. You can reach your appointed officer by e-mailing him or her at the address provided. If you need immediate assistance with your application, please contact the Admissions Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about applying as a transfer student, e-mail email@example.com instead.
*Please note: If you have questions regarding a specific high school (especially for Massachusetts), please call the office directly at (617) 627-3170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Njeri AllenAssistant Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Virginia (not including Arlington, Alexandria, or Fairfax County)
- West Virginia
Kindred by Octavia Butler
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" -Audre Lorde
Sean AshburnAssociate Director of Admissions He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- Massachusetts (City of Boston)
- New York (Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Alison BerrymanDirector of Undergraduate Admissions She/Her/Hers email@example.com
- Connecticut (Fairfield County)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” - Julia Child
Jon ConleyAssistant Director of Admissions He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
The African elephant is the world's largest land mammal – with males on average measuring up to 3m high and weighing up to 6 tonnes.
“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” - Derek Jeter
Ellie DavisAssociate Director of Admissions She/Her/Hers email@example.com
- California (Imperial Valley, Orange, and San Diego Counties)
- Connecticut (New Haven and Middlesex Counties)
Ellie/Elly is one of the most popular names in English for Elephants!
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Todd DenningAssistant Director of Admissions He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- District of Columbia
- Virginia (Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County)
Elephants have the longest pregnancy of any mammal at 22 months long.
The Prez Lawn, especially at sunset!
Rae Deveney '21Admissions Counselor She, Her, Hers email@example.com
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
Anything with Dr. Jennifer Eyl – her class, History of Christianity 1, changed my life!
JT DuckDean of Admissions He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
Bendetson Hall – it’s where I get to partner with an extraordinary team of colleagues to read the applications (and stories, and aspirations, and journeys, and worldviews) of some of the nation’s, and the world’s, most promising and compelling students as we build each incoming class.
If I had to pick just one: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. But with books, you never have to pick just one, so some close seconds include: The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Julia Dudley-KramerAssistant Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- SMFA at Tufts
- California (Central Coast, Central Valley)
Women of Paris: The Circus Lover by James Jacques Joseph Tissot is one of my favorite lesser-known paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts permanent collection.
Dumbo was recognized as Time Magazine’s “Mammal of the Year” in December 1941.
Thomas DuncanDirector of SMFA Admissions at Tufts He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMFA at Tufts
- Florida (Broward, Marin, and Palm Beach Counties)
Roussel, Walser, Proust, Stein, Lispector, Michaux, Huysmans, Artaud, Pynchon, Borges, Sterne, Rabelais, Kharms, Vvedensky, Pizarnik, Seneca, Sun Ra, Trakl, Carrington, Mallarmé, Bataille, Celan, Howe, Sarraute, Zürn, any book that has a lot of long lists in it, etc.
Laura Owens, Glenn Ligon, James Ensor, Sigmar Polke, Mike Kelley, Fischli+Weiss, Theaster Gates, Tauba Auerbach, Hanne Darboven, John Rafman, Charline von Heyl, Christian Marclay, Isa Genzken, Guy de Cointet, Ree Morton, R.H. Quaytman, Dieter Roth, Adolf Wölfli, Rachel Harrison (did I mention that I’m enthusiastic about a lot of things?)
Justin GunnAdmissions Counselor He, Him, His email@example.com
Painting the cannon because not only does it allow students to express themselves, but needing to guard it until sunrise adds a bit of a fun challenge
"Don’t believe in yourself. Believe in me. Believe in the me who believes in you"
Nicole HorsmanAdmissions Counselor She, Her, Hers firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMFA at Tufts
- New Mexico
Elephants “talk” to each other using low-frequency sounds that humans cannot hear.
Art Matters by Neil Gaiman
Gracie Marshall '15Associate Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- California (San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties)
In addition to the familiar trumpet blast sound they're known for, elephants also purr much like cats do.
MUS-44: History of Rock 'n Roll...again
Ellie Miller '22Admissions Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Jersey (Hunterdon, Morris, North Passaic, Sussex, and Warren Counties)
- New York (Hudson Valley, The Catskills, Rockland County)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The midnight organ concert on Halloween!
Riley MyhaverAdmissions Counselor She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- New York (Suffolk County)
- Pennsylvania (Western and Central)
The elephant brain is roughly four times larger than the human brain!
There are so many good works of art to choose from, but Martha Graham’s “Lamentation” will always be one of my favorite pieces to watch.
Indigo Naar '21Admissions Counselor She, Her, Hers firstname.lastname@example.org
- Florida (Northern and Central Florida)
- New Jersey (Middlesex County)
- New York (Nassau County)
The SMFA Welding Shop
The Visitors by Ragnar Kjartansson
Valerie NamAssistant Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
Elephants say hello to each other by “hugging” their trunks – that’s so cute!
The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack
Sam NicolAdmissions Counselor He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Jersey (Bergen and Sussex Counties)
- New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Monroe and Erie Counties)
- Rhode Island
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Elephants can drink up to 50 gallons of water in a day, and can hold 2.5 gallons in their trunk. That’s one heck of a water bottle!
Rhiannon PabichAssociate Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- California (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, Ontario)
- New York (Brooklyn)
- Texas (Amarillo, Beaumont, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, Midland)
Elephants are excellent swimmers, and use their trunks like snorkels!
Candy Chang’s public installations, especially Before I Die and I Wish This Was
Denny ParedesDirector of Strategic Planning He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- California (Long Beach, Los Angeles/Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties)
- Florida (excluding Broward, Marin, and Palm Beach Counties)
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands
- Latin America
Bendetson Hall. This is not only where I get to meet students on paper in their applications, but also where I connect with them in person once they are on campus!
Painting the cannon, because it gives students an outlet to express themselves in a creative and nontraditional way.
Lindsay PikeAssociate Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- SMFA at Tufts
Lucy the Elephant is a six-story tall structure that was modeled after Jumbo by inventor James V. Lafferty in 1881. Residing in Margate City, New Jersey, Lucy is one of the oldest surviving roadside tourist attractions in America and a National Historic Landmark.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Paz PitarqueAssociate Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle East
- Southeast Asia
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
EC-144 Income Inequality, Poverty, and Economic Justice
Eishna RanganathanAssistant Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- New Jersey (Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Southern NJ)
Ganesh, one of the gods within Hindiusm, has the head of an elephant.
Dan RodriguezAssistant Director of Admissions He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMFA at Tufts
Misery by Stephen King
Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (It’s in the MFA collection!)
Jolssen RodriguezAdmissions Counselor He, Him, His, Él email@example.com
- American Samoa
- Connecticut (New London and Windham Counties)
- New Jersey (Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties)
- Texas (Austin, El Paso, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio)
Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series has to be one of my favorite personal reads but Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed is one of my favorite academic reads ever. If you want to begin your understanding of how educational structures are formed, operate, and continue to inequitably thrive in our society, then Freire’s work is a must.
I know this is cheesy but “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars” has always motivated me to do my best.
Jon Sokolski '14Senior Assistant Director of Admissions He, Him, His firstname.lastname@example.org
- California (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento and San Francisco Counties, Northern California)
Upstairs in the Campus Center (couches, pool tables, and The Sink)!
Not stepping on the Jumbo logo in the lobby of the athletic center.
Beky Stiles '12Associate Director of Admissions She, Her, Hers email@example.com
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey (Mercer and Somerset Counties)
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
The lawn tucked behind Paige Hall where you’ll find an unexpectedly good view of Boston and a handful of very comfortable bright blue chairs.
SCP-0031: 3D Foundations: Wood, Welding and Plaster
Aaron Watts E'18Senior Assistant Director of Admissions He, Him, His / They, Them, Theirs firstname.lastname@example.org
- New York (Bronx, Westchester County)
- Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties, Lehigh Valley, Northeastern Pennsylvania)
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Will Wilson '21Admissions Counselor He, Him, His email@example.com
- Connecticut (Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Waterbury Counties)
- New York (Albany, Central and Northern Upstate)
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The top floor of the Campus Center