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Becker House

Welcome to Carl Becker House

Carl Becker House, which opened in August 2005, is the second of five houses that will accommodate undergraduate residents on Cornell University's West Campus.

The house is part of the residential initiative at Cornell University and was named in honor of Cornell faculty member Carl L. Becker (1873-1945).


This Week at Carl Becker House

West Campus House System Mission: A community of students and faculty gathered in a spirit of inquiry and active citizenship.

West Campus House System Program Goals:

  • Develop a sense of belonging to one's House.
  • Create safe, healthy, and welcoming communities.
  • Build meaningful relationships between residents and faculty.
  • Create opportunities for intellectual exploration that lead to a deeper understanding of one's discipline, exposure to a broad range of knowledge, and a desire to be a lifelong learner.
  • Encourage student engagement in the House System and provide opportunities for the development of student leadership skills.
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage as citizens in the broader community.
  • Help students navigate the opportunities available to them at Cornell.

Kaja McGowan

House Fellow

Kaja M. McGowan is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology.

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Janet Shortall

House Fellow

I like to remember I arrived in Ithaca in the middle of a snow storm in the beginning of February to begin my job at Cornell as the Associate Director of Cornell United Religious Work (CURW).

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Charles Walcott

House Fellow

Charles Walcott came to Cornell in 1981 as Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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Janet Shortall

House Fellow

I like to remember I arrived in Ithaca in the middle of a snow storm in the beginning of February to begin my job at Cornell as the Associate Director of Cornell United Religious Work (CURW).

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Katherine Edmondson

House Fellow

Dr. Edmondson holds master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University in the field of Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.

Jami Joyner

House Fellow

With over fifteen years of experience in higher education specializing in diversity, inclusion and outreach, Jami P. Joyner Bowie is a consummate high performing, self-motivated professional.

Katherine Edmondson

House Fellow

Dr. Edmondson holds master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University in the field of Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.

Robin Davisson

House Fellow

Robin L. Davisson, professor of molecular physiology, joined the faculty of Cornell University on July 1, 2006.

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Katherine Edmondson

House Fellow

Dr. Edmondson holds master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University in the field of Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.

Andrew Chignell

House Fellow

I’m an associate professor in the Philosophy department and the Religious Studies program, with a research focus on some of the epistemology and metaphysics of the Enlightenment period (1600-1850). 

Kaja McGowan

House Fellow

Kaja M. McGowan is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology.

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Eric Tagliacozzo

House Fellow

Eric Tagliacozzo joined the History Department at Cornell in 2000; he teaches on the history of Southeast Asia, and on connections between that region and China to the north (across the South China Sea) and the Middle East (across the Indian Ocean).

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Holly Case

House Fellow

Holly Case is a historian of modern Europe whose research focuses on territorial competition, minorities, and visions of European statehood in East-Central and Southwestern Europe.

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Elizabeth Brundige

House Fellow

Liz Brundige is the Executive Director of the Avon Global Center and a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor at Cornell Law School, where she also teaches the International Human Rights Clinic.

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Leonardo Vargas-Méndes

House Fellow

Leonardo is the Executive Director of the Cornell Public Service Center, and as such a member of the Division of Student and Academic Services’ senior management team.

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Leonardo Vargas-Méndes

House Fellow

Leonardo is the Executive Director of the Cornell Public Service Center, and as such a member of the Division of Student and Academic Services’ senior management team.

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Eric Tagliacozzo

House Fellow

Eric Tagliacozzo joined the History Department at Cornell in 2000; he teaches on the history of Southeast Asia, and on connections between that region and China to the north (across the South China Sea) and the Middle East (across the Indian Ocean).

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Ray Craib

House Fellow

I teach in the Department of History, where I offer courses in modern Latin American history, the history of anarchism, history and geography, and service learning course on migrant workers in the Americas and upstate New York.

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Leonardo Vargas-Méndes

House Fellow

Leonardo is the Executive Director of the Cornell Public Service Center, and as such a member of the Division of Student and Academic Services’ senior management team.

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Chad Coates

House Fellow

Chad Coates is an Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role he chairs admissions committees for undergraduate international applicants...

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Cathy Klimaszewski

House Fellow

Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski is Associate Director and Ames Curator of Education at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

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Richard Canfield

House Fellow

Dr. Richard (Rick) Canfield joined the Cornell faculty in 1990 and from that time has enjoyed mentoring many excellent Cornell undergraduates in research.

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Martha Haynes

House Fellow

Martha Haynes joined the Cornell faculty in 1983. A native of the Boston area, she graduated from Wellesley College and received her doctoral degree from Indiana University.

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Cathy Klimaszewski

House Fellow

Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski is Associate Director and Ames Curator of Education at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

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Chad Coates

House Fellow

Chad Coates is an Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role he chairs admissions committees for undergraduate international applicants...

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