Skip navigation

Search

The Undergraduate Writing Program

Consultant Biographies & Specialties

Specialties

African -American Studies
Tejan Waszak 

American Literature
Adam Pellegrini
Allen Durgin
Carolyn Wilsey
Iris Cushing
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Matthew Rossi
Phoebe Collins
Jason Ueda
Tejan Waszak

American Studies
Iris Cushing
Jason Ueda
Allen Durgin 

Anthropology
Linh An

APA Style
Alexander Landfair
Sue Mendelsohn 

Application Essays
Allen Durgin
Adam Pellegrini
Jason Ueda  

Architecture

Art History
Kirkwood Adams
Iris Cushing
Matthew Rossi 

Art Humanities
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Phoebe Collins
 

Asian Studies

Astronomy
Matthew Rossi 

British Literature
Allen Durgin
Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Max Uphaus
Phoebe Collins
Adam Pellegrini 

Business & Professional Writing
Alexander Landfair
Iris Cushing
Phoebe Collins
Sue Mendelsohn
Jason Ueda

Caribbean Studies
Tejan Waszak 

Chicago Style
Alexander Landfair
Matthew Rossi 

Comparative Literature
Allen Durgin
Iris Cushing
Jason Ueda

Contemporary Civilization
Katie McIntyre 

Creative Writing

Dissertation Writing
Allen Durgin
Linh An
Sue Mendelsohn 

East Asian Studies
Jason Ueda 

Economics

ESL
Alexander Landfair
Phoebe Collins
Iris Cushing
Tejan Waszak

Fiction
Alexander Landfair
Adam Pellegrini

Allen Durgin
Matthew Rossi
Phoebe Collins
Jason Ueda
Tejan Waszak

Film
Allen Durgin
Phoebe Collins
Tejan Waszak 

Gender Studies
Allen Durgin
Iris Cushing
Tejan Waszak 

Grammar
Allen Durgin
Iris Cushing
Alexander Landfair

Adam Pellegrini

Matthew Rossi
Phoebe Collins
Jason Ueda

History
Max Uphaus

International Relations

Job Search Materials
Allen Durgin
Alexander Landfair

Adam Pellegrini

Phoebe Collins
Sue Mendelsohn

Journalism
Tejan Waszak 

Law
 

Linguistics
Allen Durgin

Literature Humanities
Allen Durgin
Adam Pellegrini

Jason Ueda
Kirkwood Adams
Phoebe Collins
Katie McIntyre 

Literary Non-Fiction
Alexander Landfair
Adam Pellegrini

Allen Durgin
Matthew Rossi
Phoebe Collins
Tejan Waszak

Medicine & Nursing
Matthew Rossi
Phoebe Collins 

Mixed Media/Genre Projects
Sue Mendelsohn
Tejan Waszak 

MLA Style
Alexander Landfair
Adam Pellegrini

Allen Durgin
Iris Cushing
Max Uphaus
Sue Mendelsohn
Jason Ueda

Music
Iris Cushing 

Music Humanities

Personal Statements
Adam Pellegrini
Allen Durgin
Phoebe Collins
Katie McIntyre
Max Uphaus
Sue Mendelsohn
Jason Ueda
Tejan Waszak 

Philosophy
Allen Durgin 

Poetry
Alexander Landfair
Iris Cushing
Adam Pellegrini

Allen Durgin
Jason Ueda 
Kirkwood Adams
Tejan Waszak

Political Science
Allen Durgin

Proposal & Grant Writing
Iris Cushing
Katie McIntyre 
Linh An

Psychology

Publishing
Alexander Landfair
Phoebe Collins 
Iris Cushing

Spanish
Iris Cushing 

Technical Writing

Theatre
Allen Durgin
Kirkwood Adams
Phoebe Collins
Tejan Waszak

Thesis Writing
Adam Pellegrini
Allen Durgin
Carolyn Wilsey
Linh An
Phoebe Collins

Theology/Religious Studies
Iris Cushing
Tejan Waszak

University Writing
Allen Durgin
Alexander Landfair

Jason Ueda
Matthew Rossi
Max Uphaus
Sue Mendelsohn

Web Writing
Iris Cushing

Biographies

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Pellegrini

Adam Pellegrini holds a BA from Binghamton University and an MFA from the University of Maryland, where he served as assistant director of the Writing Center and taught academic and creative writing. He currently teaches in Lehman's College Now program and Baruch's Writing Center. He is also poetry editor for Sakura Review. Specialties: American literature, British literature, fiction, grammar, job search materials, Lit Hum, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, poetry, thesis writing, literary non-fiction

Alexander Landfair 

Alexander holds a MFA in writing from Columbia and a BA in religious studies from the University of Florida. As a UWP instructor, a corporate writing consultant, and a magazine editor, he has experience working closely with students and professionals at all stages in their development as writers. Specialties: business & professional writing, ESL, fiction, grammar, job search materials, poetry, publishing, University Writing, long projects, literary non-fiction, documentation styles

Allen Durgin

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Virginia, Allen Durgin worked as a professional actor in New York for nearly ten years before returning to academia. Currently a lecturer at Baruch College and a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center--City University of New York, Allen has spent the better part of a decade teaching writing and literature to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students. He has experience working with students from a variety of disciplines, from public policy to law, from anthropology to economics.  He particularly enjoys working with master's students and doctoral candidates on their theses and dissertations. Specialties: American literature, British literature, comparative literature, dissertation writing, fiction, film, grammar, job search materials, linguistics, Lit Hum, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, philosophy, poetry, political science, theatre, thesis writing, University Writing, long projects, literary non-fiction, American studies, women and gender studies

Iris Cushing

Iris Cushing is a poet and editor residing in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is a founding editor of Argos Books, an independent poetry press. In 2011, she was a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, her former home. Her poems and criticism can be found in the Boston Review, Bomblog, Two Serious Ladies, and Artinfo, among other places. Specialties: American literature, art history, business & professional writing, comparative literature, ESL, grammar, MLA style, web writing, music, poetry, proposal & grant writing, publishing, Spanish, theology, American studies, women and gender studies

Jason Takayuki Ueda

Jason Takayuki Ueda teaches composition at Hunter College and Empire State College. His interests include modern and contemporary poetry, Japanese medieval history, labor studies, media and culture, cooking, and bike riding. Jason received a BA from Hunter College and an MFA in poetry from The New School. Specialties: American literature, Art Hum, British literature, comparative literature, East Asian studies, grammar, Lit Hum, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, poetry, University Writing, long projects, American studies

Katie McIntyre

Katie McIntyre graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in philosophy and a minor in English and is currently a fifth-year PhD student in the Philosophy Department at Columbia, where she earned her MPhil in 2011.  Her focus is on 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy, though she has served as a TA for a variety of courses in the Philosophy Department, most with a heavy emphasis on paper writing.  Specialties: academic paper writing in the humanities, CC, grant and proposal writing, personal statements.

Kirkwood Adams

Kirkwood Adams earned his MFA in poetry from Columbia University. Currently he teaches composition at the College of Staten Island. He has a BFA from Emerson College in writing and literature. While living in Boston, Kirkwood taught in several capacities, including as a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts. He writes poems and makes collages. Specialties: American literature, art history, Art Hum, British literature, Lit Hum, poetry, theatre

Linh An

Linh An is a doctoral student at UCLA.  Her dissertation research is on Chinese American women who provide caregiving to a family member who has been diagnosed with a mental illness.  She also works with the New York State Psychiatric Institute on research that aims to develop culturally competent treatment models for limited English proficiency patients.  Linh has served as a TA for various introductory anthropology courses and has taught upper-division cultural anthropology courses at UCLA. Specialties: anthropology, proposal & grant writing, thesis writing

Matthew Rossi

Matthew Rossi is a graduate of Columbia's MFA Writing Program, where he focused on fiction.  Before coming to Columbia, Matthew worked for a theater company that specialized in collaboratively made work. As a result, he loves the process of brainstorming to helping students discover new pathways for their ideas. He has published work in NY Tyrant magazine and Mudlark, and is currently at work on his first novel. Specialties: American literature, art history, astronomy, Chicago (CMS) style, fiction, grammar, medicine & nursing, University Writing, literary non-fiction

Max Uphaus

Max Uphaus is a fourth-year PhD student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. He completed his BA in English at the College of William & Mary and his MA in literature at American University, where he also worked in the Writing Center. He has taught in the University Writing Program at Columbia for a year. Max is working on a dissertation on modernist British literature and the sea; his first article, on a short story by James Joyce, is being prepared for publication. Specialties: British literature, history, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, University Writing, literary analysis

Phoebe Collins

Phoebe Collins holds an MA in English literature from Saint Louis University and BA in cultural studies from SUNY Empire State College. She taught undergraduate English at Saint Louis University, and ESL in France, Spain, and Korea. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for Liguori Publications and the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, edited a nursing journal for Sage Publications, and published articles in Ambassador Media, Aishti Magazine, Divine Wine, and Cinematheque, as well as contributing writer for two non-fiction books. Specialties: American literature, Art Hum, British literature, Business & professional writing, ESL, Fiction, Film, Grammar, Job search materials, Lit Hum, Medicine & nursing, Personal statements, Publishing, Theatre, Thesis writing, Long projects, Literary non-fiction

Sue Mendelsohn

Sue Mendelsohn is the Writing Center's director. She has more than a decade of writing consulting experience. She regularly presents her research on multimodal composing, visual rhetoric, and composition history at national conferences and has published articles on writing center theory and administration. In addition to her own scholarly work, Sue teaches University Writing. She earned her PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Specialties: American literature, APA style, business & professional writing, job search materials, MLA style, multimedia composing, personal statements, University Writing.

Tejan Waszak

In addition to working as a writing consultant, Tejan Waszak has taught at the university and high school level for six years. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University and a BA in journalism from Hunter College with a minor in theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys performing in community theater productions. She is currently working on a book of poetry and short stories. Specialties: African-American studies, Caribbean studies, gender studies, American literature, ESL, fiction, film, journalism, personal statements, poetry, theatre, religious studies, Literary non-fiction, mixed-media projects