Meet Our Team
Throughout the winter we will be finalizing leadership teams for the upcoming 2020 season. Putney prides itself in hiring exceptional leaders and in 2019 more than 60% of our staff were returning leaders.
Education: Tufts University, Ph.D., English (candidate); New York University, B.A., Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Alex’s first experience with Putney was as a student, first on the Community Service Brazil program and then on Pre-College China. She liked it so much that she returned to lead in 2011 on the Pre-College at Amherst program.
Education: New England Conservatory of Music, B.A., Contemporary Improvisation
A versatile professional musician based in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, Brian studied at U.C. Berkeley before graduating from the New England Conservatory in 1993 with a degree in contemporary improvisation. Brian has taught jazz ensemble, world music appreciation, and music theory at
Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ph.D., Communication (candidate); University of Hartford, M.A., Communication; University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., Communication, Certificate in Latin American Studies
Gyuri recently completed his Ph.D. research and in the fall will be joining Landmark College in Vermont as an Assistant Professor of Communication.
Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A., Journalism & Media Studies
While studying at UNLV, Brian also took Japanese classes and visited Japan soon after he graduated. After that trip, he decided that he wanted to spend more time in the Land of the Rising Sun and has been living there since, teaching Japanese high school and college students for the past six years. In his free time he has been able to
Education: Davidson College, B.A., Literature
Julienne attended Davidson College in her home state of North Carolina, where she discovered, while working for a series of campus publications, that her knack for art and design could be quite useful. Upon graduating she began putting these skills to work for a long list of magazines, fashion companies, creative firms, and political campaigns.
Education: The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Musicology (Ethnomusicology & Folklore), in progress; University of Missouri-Saint Louis, M.A., History; University of Missouri-Saint Louis, B.A., Japanese, B.A., History
While at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Robert studied Japanese language and culture, and completed a master’s degree focusing on social history. He was able to take
Education: The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Japanese Linguistics (candidate); The Ohio State University, M.A., Japanese Linguistics; University of Georgia, B.A., Linguistics, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies (East Asian Languages)
Hannah has studied Japanese since high school, and while a student at the University of Georgia she spent a year as an exchange student at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
Education: University of Iowa, M.F.A., English; University of Northern Iowa, B.A., English Literature
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, BJ has been writing and teaching for almost 20 years. In that time, he has created camp programs in Italy, taught creative writing for the Putney School Summer Programs, led collaborative workshops in Alaska, and was a co-leader for Putney Student Travel’s Writing
Education: San Francisco Art Institute, M.F.A, Photography; State University of New York at New Paltz, B.F.A., Photography
While at the San Francisco Art Institute, Bridget received an MFA Fellowship Award, and studied with renowned artists Doug Hall and John Priola. Bridget’s photography has been exhibited around the country, including at New York’s Dorsky Gallery, San Francisco’s Diego Rivera Gallery, the Center for Contemporary
Education: Claremont Graduate University, M.F.A.; NYC Teaching Fellows at Mercy College, M.S., Urban Education; Beloit College, B.A., Studio Art
Jenny is a painter, illustrator, and teacher. She has exhibited her drawings, paintings, and books across North America. Past illustration clients include Cartier and the Carlyle Hotel in New York. In 2018, one of her illustrations was selected by the Society of Illustrators at the Museum of Illustration in
Education: Tufts University, M.A., Ph.D., English (candidate); University of Connecticut, B.A., English, B.A., Political Science
While at UConn, Andrew focused on the intersection of literature, language, and politics. After graduation, he worked for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., organizing political campaigns across the country. While working in consulting, Andrew helped coordinate on-the-ground persuasion and
Education: Middlebury College, B.A., Economics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
After graduating from high school, Haroon took two gap years to dabble in public relations and social entrepreneurship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Afterward, he attended Middlebury College, where he explored the intersections of policy, economics, and molecular biology. During his undergraduate career Haroon studied developmental