Student Fellows

AAI student fellows are selected for their exceptional commitment to scholarly life and for their ability to build intellectual communities across departments, disciplines, and various schools at Harvard. 

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Kelley Babphavong '20

Kelley hails from Rhode Island and is an A.B. Degree Candidate in Government at Harvard College. She is a manager at Harvard Student Agencies and an active member of a variety of student organization including the John Adams Society, and the Network of Enlightened Women.


Joey Barisas ‘21

Joey is a member of the class of ’21, who lives in Leverett House and is pursuing an A.B. from Harvard College with a concentration in Social Studies and a secondary in Economics. He is president of the Harvard College Anscombe Society and is an active member of the John Adams Society, Harvard Right to Life, and the Catholic Students Association.


David Brannon ‘21

David, originally from South Carolina, is a Junior at Harvard College concentrating in History. He is especially interested in the political thought of Antebellum America. David is Chairman of the John Adams Society and has worked outside of school at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alston & Bird LLP, and his own food truck court.

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Paul Chin - University of Pennsylvania ‘23

Paul Chin is a freshman at UPenn. While in the Boston area, he was a co-founder, in conjunction with AAI, of the Summer Seminar titled "Divided We Stand: Pursuing the Common Good in the Age of Trump." He is passionate about Astrophysics as he believes this field to be the perfect blend of hard core physics and philosophy, and has done extensive research on the earth's magnetosphere and auroras at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks and Boston University.


Frances Choi ‘21

Frances is a junior from Boston studying History of Science at Harvard College. She loves learning languages, especially Italian and Spanish. Frances is involved in Harvard College Opera, Harvard Right to Life, and does service work in her community.

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Adam Estes - MIT  '20

Adam is a member of the class of 2020 at MIT, majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Ancient and Medieval Studies. He is the President of the MIT Pro-Life Club and Education Chair of the MIT Catholic Community.


Meredith Jones '19

Meredith is in the Class of 2019 at Harvard College and studies Classical Languages & Literatures.  Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she enjoys bringing a bit of the South to Harvard.  She was the President of the student organization, Harvard Right to Life, and is a member of the John Adams Society and Harvard College Children's Stories.


Portia Kilby-Berry ‘20

Portia, a member of the class of '20, studies Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard. She put her Arabic skills to the test at the Security Council this summer when she interned for the Holy See's Mission to the UN. Portia is a former chairman of the John Adams Society, and is involved with Harvard's Catholic community.


naomi LaDine - Furman ‘20

Naomi, originally from Massachusetts, is a junior at Furman University in South Carolina. Majoring in political science, she is primarily interested in political thought and its truth and relevancy in everyday experience. Naomi is a Fellow with Furman’s Tocqueville Program and vice president of the Political Thought Club. Her favorite authors include Plato, Tocqueville, and C.S. Lewis.

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Gabrielle Landry '22

Gabby is a sophomore from North Attleboro, MA, studying Philosophy and Education at Harvard College. As an AAI Student Intern, she has assisted Erika Bachiochi J.D., Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law, with research for her forthcoming book, The First Affection: Restoring the Women's Movement's Lost Vision. Outside of AAI, Gabby writes poetry, dances with Candela Dance Troupe at Harvard, and volunteers as a mentor for high school girls at the Boston-based Beacon Leadership Program.

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Will Long ‘19

Will Long is a senior at Harvard and a Joint Concentrator in Computer Science and Government with a focus on AI and political philosophy. He is particularly interested in efficient algorithm performance and is writing a thesis on the applications of social contract theory to multi-agent systems. He spent junior summer writing machine vision algorithms at Amazon Go and eight months last year at Palantir Technologies setting up their first deployments in US civil government and wrote the first geo-analytic capabilities at the Army and Air Force. After graduation, he will be pursuing entrepreneurship with his political data analytics startup, Numinar, in DC with a team of friends. 

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Michael Ochoa -Intern-

Michael Ochoa joined the Abigail Adams Institute in late October, 2018, and the city of Boston two months prior to that. He moved to Boston from Colorado where he was educated at the University of Colorado, Boulder in classical oboe performance with Peter Cooper. Moving forward, he intends to refine and expand his knowledge and ability to think. Music is a daily gift in his life as he makes effort to increase his involvement in the music scene of Boston.


Caden Petersmeyer '19

Caden is an A.B. Degree Candidate in Social Studies for the Harvard College class of 2019. Originating in Washington D.C., Caden is a member of both of Harvard’s undergraduate debating societies including The John Adams Society, and he is a founding member and the current Treasurer of the Harvard College Open Campus Initiative.

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Mathieu Ronayne - Boston College '22

Mathieu is a student at Boston College studying Philosophy in the Perspectives Program and Political Science. At BC, he is the founder of the Charles Carroll Society, Campus News Editor for The Torch, and a member of the St. Thomas More Society. His interests include political philosophy and the American conservative intellectual tradition.


Paweł Rybacki ‘21

Paweł is a student from Poland studying Economics at Harvard College. He is a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review and an active member of the John Adams Society and the Catholic Student Association. Having always approached politics and society from a philosophical perspective, he is particularly interested in the intersection of religion and economics. In his free time, he explores geopolitics, Renaissance art, and Italian language.