Community Associates

The Community Associates (CA) are full-time graduate students who work for the Office of Graduate Student Affairs on a part-time basis to help enhance graduate student life, build a sense of community amongst graduate students and plan a variety of events and programs. The Community Associates live in campus housing and can be a resource to help graduate students with residential matters. Joining the Community Associates program is an outstanding way to meet new people, develop leadership and administrative skills, gain useful experience for your resume or C.V., explore specific academic, professional and social interests, and contribute to the graduate experience. The associates are supervised by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Residential Life and Student Affairs, and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Community Associates will receive for AY22-23 a housing stipend of $3500/academic year and priority in the graduate housing draw. The stipend is in addition to any research, teaching and/or fellowship awards they may hold, subject to Graduate School and University policies.


To apply to become a community associate, complete and submit a program application here. Applications are due each year in January for the upcoming academic year. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Dean Secora.

Community Associates

Emily Eyestone

Department of French and Italian

Hi everyone! I’m a seventh year grad student in the Department of French and Italian, where I study the impact of natural disasters on francophone Caribbean political history and literature. In my free time, I love playing/listening to music, hanging out with my roommate’s cute cats, and watching scary movies. Can't wait to meet you!

Ksenia Sokolova

Department of Computer Science

Hi everyone! I’m Ksenia, a fourth year PhD student in the Computer Science department, studying machine learning and its applications to genomics. I spent my childhood in Russia and moved to US in high school. In my spare time I enjoy photography, playing board games, hiking, traveling, and annoying my cat. I’m looking forward to meeting everybody this year!

Daniel Shaw

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Hey Grads! I’m a 3rd year student in Mech. & Aero. Engineering studying the physics of fluids. I grew up on a horse-farm in Pennsylvania and love spending time outside - playing tennis, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. I’m excited for an eventful year of meeting new people, trying new foods, and making new friends!

Mary Naydan

Department of English

Hi there! I’m a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of English, studying interwar Anglo-American fantasy literature. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, knitting, playing board games, and exploring the arts & culture scenes in and around Princeton. I’m looking forward to connecting with you this year through fun-filled events!

Lauren Konken

Department of Politics

Hello! I’m Lauren, a fifth year PhD student in the department of Politics. I study the design of international law and organizations, with a specific focus on the World Trade Organization. I'm originally from the greater Vancouver area in Canada, and I love to cook, row, walk my dog, and play board games in my free time. I look forward to building community on campus, and I can't wait to meet you all!

Darshan Sivaloganathan

Quantitative and Computational Biology

Hi everyone! I’m a fourth year PhD student in Quantitative and Computational Biology, originally from Toronto. Outside of research, I love trying new restaurants, playing basketball, traveling and convincing other people to visit Toronto. This is my first year serving as Community Associate and I’m so excited to get to know more of you! 

Shelby Sinclair

Department of History

Hi everyone! I’m Shelby, a third year PhD student in History, African American Studies, and Gender & Sexuality Studies. I study 19th and 20th century Black women’s intellectual history in the United States and the Caribbean. I’m excited to share my love for trying new food, de-stressing, and exploring new cities. Looking forward to a wonderful year of event planning and getting to know each of you!