Risley Fellows

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Risley has faculty and community fellows who volunteer their time to mentor the Risley community! We have faculty members who host weekly discussion dinners in our own Risley Dining Hall, and community members who host programs to train residents in their field.

Faculty Fellows

Mona Anita K. Olsen

Mona Anita K. Olsen is an assistant professor at the School of Hotel Administration in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Olsen is also an Engaged Faculty Fellow at Engaged Cornell for her work on social entrepreneurship.

Hotel Administration Page

Denise Green

Denise is an assistant professor in the department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design and director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection. She is an anthropologist, curator, and ethnographic filmmaker, and her research examines intersections between fashion, identity, and space/place. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of textile design, natural dyes, and fabric printing techniques with Risley residents.

Human Ecology Page

Tom Hill

Tom is a professor in the English department within the College of Arts and Sciences. His academic research interests are Medieval texts, but around RIsley, he is more commonly known for his extensive knowledge of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You definitely won't want to miss his dinners!

Arts and Sciences Page

Courtney Roby


Courtney Roby is a professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Classics department, where she teaches courses on ancient Greek and Roman science and technology (she used to be an electrical engineer) as well as Latin literature. Her research focuses on the images used in scientific and technical texts from ancient papyri, to medieval manuscripts, to early printed books. In her spare time she likes to cook and play video games (mostly anything made by From Software).

Arts and Sciences Page

Community Fellows

Laurin Ramsey


Born and bred in Georgia, Laurin Ramsey grew up around a grandfather with decades of experience in the print world. Raised to appreciate simplicity, charm, and craft, Laurin found herself lured quite naturally to the artisanal art and practice of letterpress printing.  

Liontail Press