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!


Interns and Student Representatives

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Cassandre Arkema--Environmental Studies-Political Science--Washington D.C.
Katie Brown--Art--Charlotte, NC
Lewis Chapman--Political Science--Hopewell, NJ
Alyse Cronk--Computer Science--Moorpark, CA
Viraj Desai
Erika Enge--English--Vienna, Austria
Malin Frazel--Comparative Literature--Evanston, IL
Varik Harris--Biochemistry--Nashville, TN
Mayaki Kimba--Political Science--Purmerend, Netherlands
Kristina Kutateli--Political Science--Eugene, Oregon/Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Mia Leung--Political Science--New York, NY
Elliot Menard--Classics--Brooklyn, NY
Alex Moses--English--Grass Valley, CA
Claire Patzman--Psychology--Sammamish, WA
Coriander S--Studio Art--Chicago, IL/West Branch, IA
Nell Scherfling--Pyschology--Boxborough, MA
Janet Sebastian-Coleman--History-French Literature--Unionville, CT
Isaiah Silvers--History--Takoma Park, MD
Lara Simonetti--Mathematics–Economics--Corrientes, Argentina
Ribby Suh--Physics--Daejeon, South Korea
Avery Van Duzer--Biochemistry--Bend, OR
Isabel Velez--Political Science--Petaluma, CA
Hunter Wise--Environmental Studies-Chemistry--Pittsburgh, PA
Katie Zheng--Sociology--Shanghai, China

Office Assistants

Hannah Baumgartner--Lead Office Assistant
Samuel Plechot Binder--Office Assistant
Meaza Abate--Office Assistant

Get to know us better

Cassandre Arkema

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

Katie Brown

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Art
Academic Interests: Medieval art history, Russian language, Early Modern literature, plant biology, manuscript marginalia
Favorite aspect of student life: I love that as a student at Reed, you can choose from so many interesting things to study and do for fun. Campus is never boring. I've gotten involved with things I never would have imagined doing, which is beautiful. For example, I did Science Outreach as an Art major last year and got to teach local kiddos about biology!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is for sure challenging, but it has been an amazing place for me to grow both academically and personally. It's uniquely easy to get to know professors here. The people you meet at Reed have so many different and unusual interests. Having a boring conversation with another Reed student is pretty hard.
Best thing about Portland: Food carts, art galleries in the Pearl, coffee shops, the rain, and the way the moss is so green in the winter that it almost glows!
Favorite Leisure Activity: Putting weird stickers on all my things or buying more weird stickers to feed my obsession. (back to top

Lewis Chapman

Hometown: Hopewell, NJ
Major: Political science
Academic Interests: Cognitive science, American Christianity, political theory, improv comedy
Favorite aspect of student life: Reedies Taking Care of Reedies. Everywhere I go, I'm looking out for other folks and I know that they are looking out for me. Ask me about Night Owls!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Being a Reedie means being part of a schoolwide community that asks a lot of you and gives even more back. If you can find a class, club, or cause to engage with, pour your heart and soul into it. You won't be disappointed!
Best thing about Portland: The Columbia Gorge. It's about an hour out of Portland and it's the most beautiful place I've ever been.
Favorite Animal: Nautilus. (back to top)

Alyse Cronk

Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Major: Economics
Academic Interests: Micro-financing, Music Ethnography, Clitentelism
Favorite aspect of student life: I love studying in the Canyon! It's such a lovely place to sit, study, and relax!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Be an advocate for yourself personally and academically! Self care is important!
Best thing about Portland: Soccer! Portland takes its soccer seriously, and I love checking out Timbers games!
Superpower: Perfect pitch. (back to top)

Viraj Desai

Hometown: Singapore
Major: Anthropology
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)

Erika Enge

Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Major: English
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)

Malin Frazel

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)

Varik Harris

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Biochemistry
Academic interests: Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Developmental Psychology
Favorite aspect of student life: A lot of people complain about stress culture, but it's all just a big game we play. Yes, we do indeed get stressed, but you know everyone here has your back and is more than willing to help you through a tough time and stand with you in solidarity when you forget why G-coupled protein receptors are important. (Hint - They pretty much do almost everything). 
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reedies care, and we're not afraid to show it, and speak out about the things that speak to us. This is why we protest decisions made by administration and decisions made by our student body, and do so in a way that is respectful to the parties involved. This is not a place to come if you want to be surrounded by people that share your ideas and opinions; this is the place to come if you want to grow and figure out the why behind your own beliefs
Best thing about Portland: I was talking to one of the commons chefs about this question (he's a native Portlander) and we came to the conclusion that much like Reed, Portland is so great because it's a place where everyone is accepted.
Favorite animal: Pangolins. (back to top)

Kristina Kutateli

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

Mayaki Kimba

Hometown: Purmerend, Netherlands
Major: Political science
Academic interests: Political theory, international relations, film theory, race and ethnicity
Favorite aspect of student life: I love the learning environment at Reed. You learn so much and get to explore all of your academic interests. It's not weird to see a STEM-major in a sociology class or an art major in a science class. And even though everybody is incredibly smart and passionate about their interests, classes lack any sense of competitiveness and are instead animated by a collaborative and inclusive spirit
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: It continues to amaze me how much trust Reed places in its students. Finals are unproctored. Students have control over the student body funds. And students even get to operate a nuclear research reactor! Not only do staff and professors trust students, students also trust each other. The efforts that Reedies take to maintain an inclusive and welcoming community for everyone is truly remarkable. These efforts and this trust are both manifestations of the Honor Principle. While it can sound kind of vague in the beginning, it is actually what makes Reed such an extraordinary place!
Best thing about Portland: Portland has an amazing collection of movie theaters! The Hollywood Theater organizes tons of cool events and offers delicious pizza as an alternative to popcorn. The Moreland Theater (which opened its doors in 1925!) is a gem and at a walkable distance from campus, while Living Room Theaters combines the experience of a cinema with the comfort of home.
Favorite leisure activity: Exploring new cities. (back to top

Mia Leung

Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Political science
Academic interests: Election sciences, cold war, international relations
Favorite aspect of student life: The open discussion and intellectual curiosity that occurs between Reed students in Commons after class
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is a place not only where people are curious about the world and eager to learn about it, but also have the courage and openness to have their ideas challenged. Reedies always want to learn more about the world, not just from their professors and classes but from staff members, alums, and each other
Best thing about Portland: The great Portland coffee! (back to top

Elliot Menard

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Classics
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)

Alex Moses

Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
Major: English
Academic interests: English, history, theatre
Favorite aspect of student life: Autonomy! Reed gives students such an amazing ability to get involved and make real change in their community. Take advantage of it!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Get involved in everything you want to and nothing you don't. If there's a club that doesn't exist, gather interest amongst your peers and start it!
Best thing about Portland: The huge variety of food carts, and all the beautiful city parks! 
Favorite animal: Okapi. (back to top

Claire Patzman

Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Major: Psychology
Academic interests: Psychopathology, STEM-philosophy, Film Theory and Criticism
Favorite aspect of student life: The community building. Every activity I have been a part of at Reed has had such a welcoming community that reminds me why I love Reed. People here genuinely care about each other (even if they don't outwardly show it), and being put in a common situation with other people at Reed has allowed me to develop amazing relationships I didn't think I would make anywhere else. At Reed, being thrown together with 20 strangers doesn't just have to be stressful, it's also an invitation to form bonds.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is probably going to be nothing like you expected, and that's okay! It's such a unique place that none of my preconceived notions of what is was going to be like could possibly apply. You are going to find yourself in a strange, strange place, but one that is a welcoming home for so many students.
Best thing about Portland: Tilikum Crossing. Tilikum bridge is this gorgeous cable-stayed bridge that runs across the Willamette river, and it's so relaxing to walk across, people watch, and enjoy the water. 
Superpower: Weather control; I would make sure the temperature never gets above 70 degrees. (back to top

Coriander S

Hometown: Chicago, IL / West Branch, IA
Major: Studio art
Academic interests: Relational aesthetics, translation, anthropology
Favorite aspect of student life: Experiencing the ways in which reedies share and enform communal spaces like the student union and the infoshop.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Make space for yourself to find what you are passionate about. be patient with yourself.
Best thing about Portland: I have never lived somewhere as lush as Portland. Everything grows so well here and I feel it when I walk outside. 
Superpower: Perpetual hydration. (back to top

Nell Scherfling

Hometown: Boxborough, MA
Major: Psychology
Academic interests: German language and literature, Sociology, Gender Studies
Favorite aspect of student life: Student autonomy! If a club doesn't exist, create it and people will join! Students are actively encouraged to take a part in establishing and improving Reed's community. Also, the canyon cats!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is about so much more than academics. I came to this school expecting to be pushed hard in my classes, but I've also been encouraged to grow and try new things at Reed. There are so many different organizations to get involved in and become passionate about: try a weird PE! go on a hike! learn calligraphy! Reed is full of possibilities.
Best thing about Portland: The trees!  
Favorite leisure activity: Baking. (back to top

Janet Sebastian-Coleman

Hometown: Unionville, CT
Major: History-French Literature
Academic interests: History, Linguistics, Art, French, Literature
Favorite aspect of student life: The conversations! Whether you're inside the classroom or out conversations with other Reedies are always fun and full of energy, and often open up new ideas and perspectives. (Including conversations that are just casual or silly).
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is bursting with opportunity and possibility -- and you're free to choose (and choose again and again) how you'll spend your time and which opportunities you'll pursue. You can explore a wide range of interests, and if you choose go really in-depth in those interests. You will always have room to change and grow.
Best thing about Portland: Portland is made up of all these neighborhoods and village-center type of areas. There's always something new to explore, especially since small independently owned shops far out number chains. And the people-watching opportunities are great. 
Favorite leisure activity: Embroidery and listening to podcasts. (back to top

Isaiah Silvers

Hometown: Takoma Park, MD
Major: History
Academic interests: U.S. immigration history, labor history, colonial literature, theater
Favorite aspect of student life: I love the theater department. I've been involved in a number of department productions even though it's not my major. Theater and a number of the other fine arts at Reed are made accessible to all students, and the theater productions are often exciting and very fun to attend.
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: It's difficult in a good way. And because Reed is a small school with a lot of resources it can often be easy to get money to pursue your passions. Grants, fellowships, and student body funds are just a few examples of the ways to find resources for any number of activities, ideas, or projects.
Best thing about Portland: We've got great food. Also the weather is really wonderful in the early fall and late spring. 
Favorite animal: Osprey. (back to top

Lara Simonetti

Hometown: Corrientes, Argentina
Major: Mathematics–Economics
Academic interests: Economic analysis, research software, Latin American literature
Favorite aspect of student life: Feeling inspired by all the inquisitive minds at Reed!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed has something for every kind of person, it's only a matter of searching for what you enjoy.
Best thing about Portland: The many food options!
Superpower: Wish granting. (back to top

Ribby Suh

Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea
Major: Physics
Academic interests: Music, Art, Mathematics
Favorite aspect of student life: Everyone has seen each other at least once around school. Though we might end up graduating without getting to know names at all, we still say hi!
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is never stagnant; Students are always critical about everything and strive for higher standards.
Best thing about Portland: So many delicious food options!
Favorite leisure activity: Spinning fire. (back to top)

Avery Van Duzer

Hometown: Bend, OR
Major: Biochemistry
Academic interests: Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Genetics
Favorite aspect of student life: Students have a really big say in what happens at Reed. All of our policies are created by students, and everything that happens on campus is student driven
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed is a "choose your own adventure" kind of place. There are many different ways to interact with the community here, and people are very accepting of how you choose to present yourself
Best thing about Portland: The food! Eating is my recreational activity in Portland, and I spend most weekends exploring food carts or other restaurants
Favorite leisure activity: Baking with my sourdough starter. (back to top)

Isabel Velez

Hometown: Petaluma, CA
Major: Political science
Academic interests: Political Theory, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Literature Theory
Favorite aspect of student life: The students work so hard to make campus a better place for all of us -- like starting critical discussions about community issues, exercising great autonomy over Reed government and judicial system, and making excellent events and lectures happen
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: Reed College is a wacky place that has so many different ways for you to express your own wackiness. Within all of this, lies some of the smartest people you will ever meet
Best thing about Portland: The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is so accessible from the city
Favorite animal: Aquatic Turtle -- the best pet I had growing up was an aquatic turtle named Lucy. (back to top)

Hunter Wise

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Environmental Studies-Chemistry
Academic interests: Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Literature, Film.
Favorite aspect of student life: Student Involvement on Campus! I'm constantly in awe of how active our student body is, and how much I've been able to be involved with student life on campus. I help run two different clubs with friends, and even after spending four years here I always love hearing about new clubs popping up or exciting things other students are accomplishing in their organizations. Reedies are always finding fun outside the classroom! 
What you would tell a prospie about Reed: It's a lot of work, but it's also a LOT of fun! Of course I'm looking forward to my senior year in regards to jumping into my thesis, but I'm also excited to be doing it surrounded by an amazing group of friends that I've been lucky enough to meet these last three years. Reedies really do care for Reedies, and if you're worried at all about the workload, trust me -- it's so freaking worth it.
Best thing about Portland: I love being able to wake up on a Saturday and decide if, after an hour of driving, I'd rather be at the beach or on the top of Mt. Hood -- so lucky to go to school in such a beautiful place!
Favorite animal: Dogs that look like their owners. (back to top)

Katie Zheng

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Major: Sociology
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)