Meet our student staff
Finding out about Reed from current students will give you great information and a deeper insight into our community.
Students at Reed play a critical role in the work of the admission office. They greet and talk with visitors in the lobby, lead campus tours, conduct admission interviews, and share meals with prospective students.
Students also participate in other aspects of college operations, from maintaining trails in the Reed canyon and answering calls at the help desk in the technology center to meeting and interviewing candidates for faculty and staff positions. Reed students are a resource you can trust.
Connect with our students by sending an email; indicate in the subject line either the name of the student you would like to correspond with or the nature of your inquiry. Reedies are standing by and would love to hear from you!
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Cassandre Arkema--Environmental Studies-Political Science--Washington D.C.
Gyulnara Barnett--Political Science--Nyack, NY
Jaelin Cola--Biology--New Orleans, LA
Erika Enge--English--Vienna, Austria
Malin Frazel--Comparative Literature--Evanston, IL
Mike Frazel--Theatre--Chicago, IL
Fay Hall--Psychology--Taipei, Taiwan
Yaseen Hashmi--Economics--Carlsbad, CA
Kristina Kutateladze--Political Science--Eugene, Oregon/Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Mikaela Lieb--Anthropology--Littleton, CO
Daphne Lyda--Grants Pass, OR--Studio Art
Elliot Menard--Classics--Brooklyn, NY
Alex Moses--English--Grass Valley, CA
Lazola Nyamakazi--Economics--East London, South Africa
Aaron Ramcharan--Philosophy--Orlando, FL
Charlie Rich--Philosophy--St. Paul, MN
Woo Rib (Ribby) Suh--Physics--Daejeon, South Korea
Avery Van Duzer--Biochemistry--Bend, OR
Hunter Wise--Environmental Studies-Chemistry--Pittsburgh, PA
Katie Zheng--Sociology--Shanghai, China
Hannah Baumgartner--Lead Office Assistant
Samuel Plechot Binder--Office Assistant
Meaza Abate--Office Assistant
Hometown: Washington DC
Major: Environmental Studies-Political Science
Academic Interests: Environmental Law, Social Issues, Stream Surveying, Native Plants
Favorite aspect of student life: I love how interconnected everything at Reed is. My classes are extremely real and relevant to the here and now. And then the end of the day I get to comprehensively sit down on my couch and break-down world issues with my best friends supporting my arguments with what I learned that same day.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Here at Reed you guide your learning. Small classes allow for an intimacy in discussion that you just can't get in a lecture. When I first came to Reed I was extremely nervous to talk in small discussions. But you have to remember: your opinion matters. Your perspective is priceless and so you have to always speak up.
Best thing about Portland: One of the most beautiful places in the world, The Columbia River Gorge, is just 45 minutes away from campus. If that wasn't enough to convince you 1.5 hours in the other direction gets you to the Oregon Coast.
Favorite Animal: Polar Bear. (back to top)
Hometown: Nyack, NY
Major: Political Science
Academic Interests: Constitutional law, health economics, international relations
Favorite aspect of student life: I love how many incredible speakers Reed brings to campus. Some particularly memorable ones for me were Mia McKenzie, Kate McKinnon and Junot Diaz.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Talk to as many students as possible! Reed is something different for everyone and its awesome to hear a variety of perspectives.
Best thing about Portland: The coffee here is top notch.
Superpower: Being able to type incredibly fast so I could be a typist for Orhan Pamuk. (back to top)
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Academic interests: Biology, English, sociology, and history
Favorite aspect of student life: The student activities, such as Beyonce Ball and Pool Hall formal, that are unique to the Reed community.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: The inclusivity of the Reed community that allows students the absolute freedom to be themselves.
Best thing about Portland: The cozy coffee shops scattered all around the town. My favorite is Southeast Grind, which is open 24/7.
Superpower: Telekinesis. (back to top)
Academic interests: Linguistic anthropology, symbolic anthropology, nation building
Favorite aspect of student life: Interacting with a range of individuals with strong, diverse interests always makes for fruitful conversation and interesting self-discovery.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Any institution with a rigorous education isn't fruitful without the guidance and support of both like-minded peers and distinguished professors. Reed is that place.
Best thing about Portland: Foodcarts! There's always interesting food to be eaten!
Superpower: Black matter control. (back to top)
Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Academic interests: Creative writing, poetry, linguistics, translation
Favorite aspect of student life: I love getting into discussions with other students about their passions—in their area of study or in an extracurricular interest. The variety and depth of interests on campus makes for great conversations.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: The classes here are challenging, but we have a collaborative learning environment, so everyone wants you to succeed. Professors, staff, and peers are resources to aid you in learning if you take advantage.
Best thing about Portland: The people are super friendly, and there are so many cafés and bookstores to find and explore. Bonus: it doesn't rain as much as advertised.
Superpower: Understanding all languages of the world. (back to top)
Hometown: Evanston, IL
Major: Comparative literature
Academic interests: Chinese language and literature, East Asian cultures and history, creative writing, anthropological linguistics, modern fiction
Favorite aspect of student life: I really love that there's always something going on on campus. Whether it's a dance or a fire show, you don't have an excuse for being bored because there's something happening out there if you just leave your dorm room!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: This place has changed who I am and how I think. I came here expecting an education but I've experienced a transformation in worldview.
Best thing about Portland: Foodcarts! Close to nature! Coffee! Shopping! Bike friendly! Beautiful! My favorite type of weather! Small city with big city feels!
Favorite leisure activity: Playing the zither. (back to top)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Academic interests: Theater, Film, Television, and Video Art, among lots of other things!
Favorite aspect of student life: Gray Fund duh. Taking a trip to a sloth sanctuary in Eastern Oregon, watching our NBA team the Trailblazers, and going skydiving, all for free with other cool Reedies?? What's better than that?
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Come to Reed!! This will be your new home and you'll find so much cool stuff to do on campus/in the city/in Oregon that it'll be hard fitting everything you want to do in four years. Summer here is your ticket to being a 'true' Portlander, from the Rose Festival to the Big Float to Oaks Park. You CAN have it all, and I'm excited to do sweet stuff with you someday!
Best thing about Portland: Historic single-screen movie theaters right next to diverse food options. Also the fact that I can perform 'Singing In The Rain' unironically all the time.
Favorite animal: Sloth Sloth Sloth. (back to top)
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Academic interests: Addictions, Comparative Psychology, Cognitive Processes, Chinese Lit., Developmental Psych
Favorite aspect of student life: Actually enjoying the classes I take and having really cool/amazing Reed friends.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: That you will grow in ways you never imagined and discover so much about yourself at Reed.
Best thing about Portland: The coffee and food!!
Favorite leisure activity: Watching baking videos. (back to top)
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
Academic interests: Development Economics, International Law, Art, English, Philosophy
Favorite aspect of student life: Reedies often have a few subjects that they get really really passionate talking about. That means among the thousand students on campus, I'm surrounded by experts on virtually every topic. I love to listen to people talk about what they care about, what they're good at, what they know a lot about.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is a great place to learn something about everything, and everything about something.
Best thing about Portland: Every neighborhood has its own vibe, so there's a whole menu of vibes to choose from.
Favorite Animal: Panda. (back to top)
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon/Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Major: Political science
Academic interests: Comparative politics, international relations, post-Soviet studies, interwar history.
Favorite aspect of student life: How inclusive and supportive the Reed community is.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: When I visited Reed, I was a stressed out kid who thought school started and ended with getting an A. Reed made me fall in love with learning again.
Best thing about Portland: Portland is so close to so many incredible outdoor adventures! Backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, all within an hour's drive.
Favorite animal: Sloth bear. (back to top)
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Academic interests: Environmental anthropology, conservation and preservation, development, humanitarianism and other forms of aid, Latin American politics and history, Spanish language and literature.
Favorite aspect of student life: All the speakers, shows, and events that happen on campus. Whether organized by the student body, different academic departments, or other organizations around campus, there is always an exciting event going on.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed can be incredibly challenging at times, but always remains incredibly rewarding. This is a place where you will grow and be pushed in ways you never expected, but you will always have an incredibly supportive community behind you.
Best thing about Portland: The accessibility of the city! For me, this really meaning the accessibility of all the incredible food, but for you, this could be the accessibility of any number of other things. Plus, moss grows on everything here!
Favorite animal: Sea lions . (back to top)
Hometown:Grants Pass, OR
Major: Studio Art
Academic interests: Sculpture, contemporary commodity culture, pop art, and relational aesthetics.
Favorite aspect of student life: Reed allows for a lot of student autonomy and I think it gives the student body a lot of room to make this campus what we want it to be. I've gotten to do so many cool things that I never thought possible, like bringing Laverne Cox and Kate McKinnon to campus!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Attending Reed has also been some of the best years of my life! Because of its size, I feel like I've gotten to know a lot of faculty and staff on a personal level and that has really provided me with so many academic and professional opportunities that I don't think I would have necessarily gotten at other schools. Everyone here wants you to succeed and will do whatever they can to help you achieve your goals, no matter how far-fetched they may seem!
Best thing about Portland: I work and live off campus so I always end up seeing someone that I know no matter where I am in Portland. It's a relatively small city with a lot going on!
Superpower: Being able to reach into my pocket and pull out the exact amount of money that I need at the time. . (back to top)
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Academic interests: Latin, Greek, French, and English Literature; History; Opera; Theater; Painting
Favorite aspect of student life: One universal quality that all Reedies share is focused and intense passion. Nothing makes me prouder to be part of this community than when I see my fellow Reedies sharing their passions: when a shy classmate fire-dances outside the SU, moving as if they too were made of flames; when a 2 hour late-night paideia seminar becomes 4 hours because no one wants to leave; when the defenders of the universe mysteriously leave their latest half-bike-half-(???) contraptions on the quad. It's a warm feeling and a beautiful sight.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Sign up, apply, audition. You might wind up in humplay, or on senate, or running the nuclear reactor, and you might love it. During my time at Reed, I've grown so much, in all kinds of ways, by taking those leaps of faith.
Best thing about Portland: The foliage
Favorite animal: Raccoons (they have little hands!) but I also really like marmots but mountain goats are my ultimate favorite. (back to top)
Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
Academic interests: English, history, theatre
Favorite aspect of student life: I love how inclusive every aspect of Reed is—all clubs, teams, theme dorms, etc. welcome a variety of perspectives and ideas.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed will challenge you, but every aspect is rewarding. The learning you're doing is not for a grade but to better yourself both academically and personally.
Best thing about Portland: The Food! If you ever get the chance, Horn of Africa can be found at the Portland Saturday Sunday Market.
Favorite animal: Okapi. (back to top)
Hometown: East London, South Africa
Academic interests: International macroeconomics, history (particularly 20th century history—U.S., African, European, etc.), French.
Favorite aspect of student life: I love the sense of community here at Reed. There's really a culture of inclusivity and that extends to all aspects of campus.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Take a walk in the canyon! I love that we have a nature reserve that's in the middle of campus.
Best thing about Portland: How close it is to so much natural beauty. The Columbia River Gorge is definitely a highlight, but there are so many options all around the city.
Superpower: Telekinesis. (back to top)
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Academic Interests: Philosophy; I'm especially interested in metaphysics, philosophy of time, and ontology.
Favorite aspect of student life: The friendships. My best friends are studying mathematics, anthropology, history, and physics, and we are able to learn as much from one another as we do from our own courses.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Learning' and 'living' are synonyms for us—we can't do one without the other.
Best thing about Portland: Watching Portland's sunset over the west hills from Reed is an experience I'll cherish for all of my days.
Superpower: Telekinesis. (back to top)
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Academic Interests: Philosophy in general, specifically epistemology+metaphysics; religion, especially East Asian cosmologies and comparative studies; psychology, especially cognition, consciousness, and sensation/perception; acoustics + sound design.
Favorite aspect of student life: My favorite aspect of Reed are those characteristics that loosely fit into the category of autonomy. I mean this on both the individual level as well as the student body as a whole: individuals are given a huge amount of freedom in which to act and express themselves, and as a unit, the student body holds a lot of administrative and organization authority which allows student organizations and government to operate in accord with the student body's interests.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is where hyper-intelligent, thoroughly interested, highly specialized individuals congregate and learn from each other. In addition to a lovely campus, exceptional education, and amazing faculty, Reed offers a diverse cohort of peers that could be found nowhere else and makes for an unparalleled college experience.
Best thing about Portland: Portland has an extremely attractive public transit system. Additionally the music + art scene is dynamic and alive with new ideas and touring artists alike.
Superpower: Being able to open and close people's eyes at will. (back to top)
Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea
Academic interests: Physics, mathematics, music
Favorite aspect of student life: The friendly and safe atmosphere created by the student body makes Reed a very welcoming place.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: The Honor Principle helps us create community norms of autonomy, integrity, trust, and respect for each other.
Best thing about Portland: I would call Portland the bigger version of Reed. The Portland community provides great opportunities for students to go out and enjoy events outside college.
Favorite leisure activity: Playing the piano. (back to top)
Hometown: Bend, OR
Academic interests: Genetics, analytical chemistry, and humanities
Favorite aspect of student life: Everyone at Reed cares about improving and contributing to the Reed community.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is one of my favorite places to spend my time. I've found a place in the Reed community that feels as much like home as where I grew up.
Best thing about Portland: All of the great food. I spend most weekends exploring new food carts and restaurants.
Favorite leisure activity: Nordic skiing. (back to top)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Environmental Studies-Chemistry
Academic interests: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Music, History.
Favorite aspect of student life: The strength of the community at Reed is truly unique. The people I've met here and the friendships I've made have challenged me and made me grow in ways I didn't know I was capable of.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is certainly difficult, but it's so unique in how it allows every individual to find their passion and thrive. Don't be afraid of new challenges, embrace the difficulty and what you'll gain is remarkable.
Best thing about Portland: Living right on the Willamette River, and being so close to the Columbia!
Superpower: Never too hot, never too cold. (back to top)
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Academic interests: Russian literature, Sociology of Education, Buddhism, Gender Studies, Classics.
Favorite aspect of student life: The professors! Reed professors are not only incredibly qualified in their fields, but are also great resources outside of the classroom. My professors have helped me further my academic interests, and find summer opportunities (like living in a monastery in Taiwan!).
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Everyday I am fascinated by how intelligent and talented Reedies are! There is definitely no better group of people I would surround myself with for four years.
Best thing about Portland: If you and your friends don't know where to go to dinner, you can always go to a food cart pod! You can get ramen, falafel, pizza, burritos, and waffles all in one place!
Superpower: I don't like traffic, so teleportation. (back to top)