Biography

Thomas Simsarian Dolan is a PhD candidate in American Studies at George Washington University, with research focused on Middle Eastern diaspora and race. He has a master's degree in American Studies from NYU, studied at the New School's Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, and served as a visiting researcher at the Doha Institute. Previous professional experience includes the Museum of Modern Art, California Faith for Equality, the Armenian Citizen Observer Initiative, the DC Commission on the Arts, and cultural critic in a range of publications.

As an undergraduate, Dolan sang with the Doox of Yale and Yale Whiffenpoofs. He volunteered as a Yale University Art Gallery guide, worked as a curatorial assistant at the Yale Center for British Art, and was active in the Yale Camerata, Collegium Musicum, the Opera Theatre of Yale College, Yale Dramat, among others. He was also president of SNAPS (Special Needs Awareness and Peer Services), and an enthusiastic supporter of the now-defunct Safety Dance and Morse CD Café.

Dolan's dedication to Yale as an alumnus has been similarly related to the arts and inclusion. He helped produce and stage-manage a series of benefit concerts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven as part of the Yale Day of Service over several years, and co-created a music theater piece, The Gay Ivy, performed at the 2010 reunions. He was co-chair of his class' 15-year reunion (virtual!), an active member of the planning committees for Yale's LGBT reunion in 2013 and Doox 65th reunion, board member of the Yale Alumni Association, and Delegate-at-Large for Yale GALA. Now entering his third year on the Board of Governors, he chairs the Volunteer Leadership Committee and has worked on a series of events on disability and inclusion.

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