The Head of College acts as the chief administrative officer of the residential college and presides as a faculty presence. He sets the intellectual and cultural tone of the college, lives with his family alongside Ezra Stiles students, and eats many of his meals in the college dining hall. His responsibilities include the physical safety and well-being of resident students. He also oversees much of the college’s social life, hosting College Teas, trips, and other events.
Stop by the Head of College Office for answers on anything and everything to do with residential life in the college, to purchase Stiles gear or borrow something from our comprehensive lending libraries of board games, sports equipment, movies (& laptop compatible DVD players) tools and other handy items. You can also use the the fax machine (203-432-7930), buy a stamp, and there is always chocolate.
The office is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Contact the office: phone: (203) 432-0560 / fax: (203) 432-7930 / email
Head of College Stephen Pitti
Head of College Stephen Pitti is Professor of History and American Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, at Yale University. Professor Pitti graduated from Ezra Stiles College (ES ’91), completed his PhD in History at Stanford University, and held a postdoctoral appointment at UC San Diego. A specialist in the history of Latinos in the United States, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, immigration from Latin America, and civil rights struggles since World War II, he is the author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California (Princeton University Press, 2003) and American Latinos and the Making of the United States (Eastern National Press, 2012). He teaches courses on Latinos in the United States, on California history, on civil rights movements, and other topics. A past member of the National Park Service Advisory Board, he has testified before the U.S. Congress and provided expert testimony for a number of federal court cases related to immigration and civil rights. He is currently writing a biography of César Chávez.
Professor Pitti’s Office Hours:
For appointments, stop by Kathy Dunn’s office anytime between 9-5 or send her an email.
Associate Head of College Alicia Schmidt Camacho
Associate Head of College Alicia Schmidt Camacho is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University, and Chair of the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program. She is the author of Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the US-Mexico Borderlands (NYU Press, 2008), winner of the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Prize, and articles about gender violence, migration, labor, and human rights in the Mexico-U.S. border region. Her current scholarship concerns human traffic and the criminalization of undocumented migration in the Americas. She serves on the board of the New Haven Bail Fund and is a contributor to local and transnational projects for immigrant and human rights.
When they’re not racing through Ezra Stiles, Antonio and Thalia Pitti can be seen playing with their rambunctious black labs Aqua and Eero.
Marc Levenson, Operations Manager
Phone: (203) 432-8091
Marc is entering his eighth year as Operations Manager for Stiles. He earned a BA in American Studies from Cornell University and a Masters in Educational Policy Analysis and Administration from Stanford University. He has previously held various positions in academic advising and student affairs, including director of academic advising and undergraduate programming for Drexel University’s College of Engineering and director of residential life for Landmark College, a college serving students with learning disabilities and ADHD. When not pitching zany ideas for new Stiles events or ordering vast quantities of dumplings for study breaks, Marc helps out in the community. He’s been the volunteer coordinator for his daughters’ elementary school PTA, the treasurer of his neighborhood civic association, the chair of Yale Faculty Partners, and the coordinator of a weekly neighborhood soup night. He sometimes conspires to create new groups, such as a long-running dads’ night out and, more recently, a group advocating for racial justice for his town’s schools. Marc’s wife, Catherine Nicholson, is a professor in Yale’s English Department, and she and their three kids (12-year-old Miriam, 8-year-old Ruth, and 1-year-old Eli) drop in on occasion to enjoy the Stiles fun and the dining hall pizza and ice cream.
Kathryn Dunn, Head of College’s Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: (203) 432-0560
Kathy is entering her sixth year as the Ezra Stiles Head of College Senior Administrative Assistant. Before finding her home in Stiles she spent two wonderful years in the Yale Department of Music, and prior to that in non-profit consulting and development for The Bushnell in Hartford. A native of Cape Cod and graduate of Boston College, Kathy is a loyal Red Sox fan and feels most at home on the beach. She lives in horse country with her family, their chocolate lab Indy and cat Luna. When not scheming with Marc on extra special events or redesigning Stiles common spaces to feel more like home for her favorite Yale students, she is a busy mom of three. She spends most of her time driving, with lots of time cheering at games and performances and as much time volunteering in their schools as possible. Kathy also enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, yoga, theater and traveling.
A Look at the Head of College’s Office
Marc Levenson, Operations Manager
Kathy Dunn, Senior Administrative Assistant
Head of College Pitti with Stevie Wonder, Commencement 2017