Ph.D. History of Science and Technology
Bradford Harris is a college counselor whose work is informed by a diverse range of experiences including Ph.D.-level research, a stint in the tech industry, and teaching at the high school and undergraduate levels. After graduating from Duke University with High Distinction for his senior research thesis on the history of petrochemical research and development, Brad taught high school science classes at the South Carolina Aquarium and GRE classes for Kaplan Test Prep. Brad then moved to California to pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford University, where he was published in several professional journals, elected as a Graduate Student Representative of the Stanford History Department, and taught undergraduate courses in history, research, and writing. After earning his Ph.D. from Stanford, Brad accepted an offer to join several Stanford Business School graduates in launching a tech startup, where he worked as Director of Operations until 2017. Soon thereafter, eager to work with students again, Brad began his college counseling career.
Brad's approach to college counseling combines rigorous planning, thoughtful writing, and levity to help students cultivate and express their best self to college admissions. He firmly believes that his primary job is not to check every box for college-bound kids, but to support students' efforts to maximize the quality of their high school experience, with the icing on that cake coming in the form of better choices for college. Although many of the students he has worked with over the years have been accepted to the best schools in the world, Brad is delighted to work with kids and families from all different backgrounds with unique ambitions.
When he's not counseling students, Brad enjoys helping his family run their horse ranch in Lexington, Kentucky.