Career, academic, and life coaching for pre- and postdoctoral scholars
“In my career as a historian, I’ve often had occasion to reflect on how it’s the small things that do the work of changing the world. That pretty much sums up my interactions with Arthur. They mostly focused on small things; but his approach was no fuss, no nonsense, caring, and – in its cumulative effects – utterly transformative.” --- Harvard PhD (2004), assoc. prof. of history, Brown University
“Arthur has helped me think about my job at a much higher level than I would on my own. Speaking as a person already highly goal-oriented, Arthur has pushed me to think even more concretely about my objectives, and also to develop each of them into actionable items. I've known Arthur for a long time, almost ten years. For all that time he's been, in so many ways, a mentor and coach. Recently though, now that he's no longer working at Harvard, he's taken his practice to the next level.” --- Harvard PhD (2018), study-abroad professional
“Transitioning to graduate school was difficult and oftentimes violent, but Arthur has always been there to emphasize that I do belong. He demystified financial aid and health services, helped brainstorm ways for me to get what I needed so I could get my work done, provided me with institutional knowledge so I could advocate for myself, and was a listening and sympathetic ear when moments of racism and sexism surged in and out of the classroom. I thank him for level-headed strategizing and a wry sense of humor, which truly got me through some difficult spots!” --- Harvard PhD (2023); asst. prof. of studies of race, colonialism, and diaspora; Tufts Univ.
“Overwhelmed by email? Too busy to exercise? Blurting out the wrong thing at the wrong time? Worn down by institutional bureaucracy? We all have things that get in the way of career success and peace of mind. In the 30+ years I have known Arthur, he has consistently provided incredibly useful, practical guidance, advice and emotional support. I am very grateful for all he has taught me. He is a wonderful coach!” --- Harvard J.D. (1988), founding partner of a law firm
“Arthur was the rock in the ebbs and tides of my years in graduate school (2009-15). He helped me organize my course schedule and fellowship applications, gave me insider info on profs and staff, and always had an open ear for my complaints.” --- Harvard PhD (2015), asst. prof. of history, Worcester Poly. Inst.
“Arthur made the institution – and the department – feel welcoming and manageable right from the start. His offhanded and irreverent comments had a way of reassuring newcomers that all would be well. My tribute to Arthur is to try to treat incoming graduate students with the same sort of compassion.” --- Harvard PhD (2000), prof. of history, Univ. of CA, San Diego
“Arthur’s office was a judgment-free zone in a program where it felt as though you were being judged all the time. He was a fount of good advice and was also a mentor for gay students.” --- Harvard PhD (2006), assoc. prof. of history, Northwestern Univ.
“Arthur was a spark of light for graduate students. He showed an interest in you as a person, took the time to get to know you, and shared a sense of lightness that graduate students like myself were desperately seeking. His kindness, sense of humor, and sense of the absurd helped in getting through the day to day. Arthur’s generosity, his warmth, and his spirit helped me make it through Harvard and I will be forever very grateful.” --- Harvard PhD (2004), prof. of history, Texas State University
“Arthur’s sensitivity to the often-traumatic nature of faculty/student interactions brought a level of humanity frequently missing from the doctoral process.” --- Harvard PhD (2021), asst. prof., science and technology studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Univ.