Graduate and Professional Fellows
AAI Graduate/Professional Fellows are young professionals or graduate students in the Cambridge/Boston area. They share their experiences and career paths with our younger affiliates while also captaining some of our programming series.
Fernando graduated from MIT with an undergraduate degree in Physics. More recently, he has led technical teams at startups in Boston and Cambridge. Fernando´s foremost curiosity is the intersection of law and technology, and in particular their mutual evolution and the reciprocal impact that change in one has on the other.
Joseph worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for various production companies and is passionate about introducing people to the unique potential of cinema as a formal language. He is currently spearheading AAI's lecture series on great films (The language of Cinema) and working for the Rose Institute in the Boston area. Joe has a B.A. in History from the University of Dallas.
Originally from Lexington, KY, Bella studied Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard College and graduated in 2017. She currently pursues infectious disease research at the Broad Institute and helps to coordinate the 2018-2019 Medical Humanities Fellowship. Bella will attend Stanford School of Medicine in the fall.
Todd helped to coordinate the Institute’s Medical Humanities Fellowship program for undergraduates and recent graduates during the 2017–18 school year. After studying Classics and Mathematics at Harvard College, Todd is now a first-year medical student at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He will graduate in spring 2022 and hopes to pursue psychiatry.
Jorge Jraissati is one of the most influential young political leaders of Venezuela. As President of Venezuelan Alliance, Jorge has been crucial in organizing the international community and its efforts to achieve a political change in Venezuela. Academically, Jorge graduated in Economics and Business Management from the Wilkes Honors College at FAU. Moreover, Jorge is an alumnus of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and has been invited as a guest lecturer to institutions such as NYU, Maryland, and Harvard. As a fellow, Jorge’s research is about institutional development in the context of oil-rich nations such as Venezuela.
Daniel is a Resident Physician at Mass General Hospital and has research & clinical interests in oncology, geriatrics, and improving care for older adults. Before medical school at Harvard, Daniel completed graduate study in policy and management at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Abrania is currently a doctoral student completing a degree in Population Health Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research seeks to employ a food systems framework to investigate the intersection of human well-being and planetary health. By integrating perspectives in nutritional epidemiology, policy, and agricultural sustainability, Abrania hopes to promote health by identifying actionable interventions in the pathway from farm to fork. She is a regular participant and contributor to The Great Conversation series at AAI.
Robert obtained his PhD in Physics from MIT in 2017, and now works as a lecturer and postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics at Boston University. He specializes in theoretical biophysics, studying collective phenomena in gene regulatory networks, metabolism and ecology. Alongside his scientific work, he is interested in understanding the proper relationship between physics and other branches of knowledge, particularly metaphysics and philosophy of nature. He has helped to facilitate three "Henry Adams Retreats" organized by AAI, bringing undergraduates together to discuss fundamental metaphysical questions and their implications for our lives as persons and as citizens.
Jim graduated from Harvard in 2015, serving as the Latin orator for that year's Commencement Exercises. He studied History and Classics as an undergraduate, then went to Rome as a Fellow of the Paideia Institute, and has now returned to Cambridge to pursue a J. D. at Harvard Law School.
Victor A. Mezacapa IV
Victor studied Classical Languages & Literatures at Harvard College, graduating in 2018. He is originally from Ohio, where attended University School near Cleveland.
Victor now works at McKinsey and Company's Cleveland office.
Karl Notturno is a fellow at the Center for American Greatness. He also serves as the executive director of A Soldier’s Home, a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans. He graduated from Yale University with degrees in philosophy and history. He works as a lobbyist in DC and writes music in his spare time.
Sharif Younes has worked as a data scientist and software engineer at Boston-area tech companies since graduating from Bowdoin College in 2013. He also serves as a professional mentor at the Elmbrook Center in Cambridge, MA, and collaborates with AAI on events relating to the science and virtues of optimal work.
Jonathan is doctoral candidate in Political Science at Boston College, and is researching the early modern origins of liberalism. Originally from Canada, he completed his BA (Jewish Thought) and MA (Philosophy) degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His public writing on social, political and cultural topics has appeared in First Things, the LA Review of Books, Azure, City Journal and other journals.