Ariel Phillips

Ariel Phillips

Academic Counselor

Education: Ed.D., Harvard University (Human Development and Psychology); M.Ed., University of California; B.A., University of California

BSC Activities and Interests: My BSC activities include academic counseling, consulting, teaching the Reading Course, and academic advising. I am co-coordinator of The Success-Failure Project, and the BSC liaison to Winthrop House and Elm Yard.

I am especially interested in the meanings of "success" and "failure" in work and life and how we can create versions of “success” that are both personal and deeply satisfying. In addition, I welcome conversations with international students and first generation students. Other interests of mine include procrastination; the creation of personal meaning in work and life; conflict resolution; and issues of gender, sexuality, race, and culture.

Outside the BSC: Past Teaching Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education. I currently co-teach a course at MIT that explores the relationship between international development, economic poverty, and environmental sustainability. I am a licensed psychologist.

Personal: I was born and raised in California and am married with two grown children. My personal interests include cycling, hiking, international ecological issues, and almost any animal life.