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Consultant Biographies & Specialties

Specialties:

African -American Literature

Adriana Green 

Tejan Green Waszak

American Studies

Adriana Green

American Literature

Chris Carpenter

Kirkwood Adams

Kristen Martin

Tejan Green Waszak

Anthropology

Bridget Potter 

Linh An

Application Essays

Avia Tadmor

Carin Jean White

Chris Carpenter 

Daniel Ralston

Elizabeth Bailey

Kathleen Griesbach

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Arabic Literature

Arts Criticism

Daniel Ralston

Elizabeth Bailey

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Art History

Kirkwood Adams

Mor Sheinbein

Art Humanities

Adriana Green

Bridget Potter

Catherine McNulty

Daniel Ralston

Elizabeth Bailey 

Kirkwood Adams

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Associated Press Style

Kristen Martin

Blog Writing

Elise Gout

British Literature

Chris Carpenter

Kirkwood Adams 

Priyanka Mariwala

Tara Gallagher

Business & Professional Writing

Carin Jean White

Caribbean Literature

Tejan Green Waszak 

C.C.

Bridget Potter

Elise Gout

Chemistry

Elizabeth Bailey 

Chicago Style

Daniel Ralston 

Comics & Graphic Novels

Carin Jean White 

Mor Sheinbein

Comparative Literature

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Priyanka Mariwala

Cover Letters

Elise Gout

Creative Writing

Adriana Green

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Carin Jean White

Catherine Kirch

Catherine McNulty

Elise Gout

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Priyanka Mariwala

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Critical Theory

Carin Jean White

Mor Sheinbein

Dissertation Writing

Carin Jean White

Daniel Ralston

East Asian Studies

Economics

Elise Gout

ESL

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tejan Green Waszak

Gender Studies

Mor Sheinbein 

Grammar

Kristen Martin

Fellowship Applications

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Carin Jean White 

Catherine Kirch

Daniel Ralston

Elise Gout

Elizabeth Bailey

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Fiction

Carin Jean White

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Film & Media Studies

Bridget Potter

Carin Jean White

Catherine Kirch

Catherine McNulty 

Chris Carpenter

Tejan Green Waszak 

Hebrew

Avia Tadmor

Mor Sheinbein 

History

Bridget Potter

Daniel Ralston

Meridith Wade

International Relations

Meridith Wade

Job Search Materials

Adriana Green

Carin Jean White

Catherine Kirch

Kathleen Griesbach

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Journalism

Catherine McNulty

Elise Gout 

Kristen Martin

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Linguistics

Alyssa Pelish 

Literary Analysis

Adriana Green

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Catherine Kirch

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Priyanka Mariwala

Tara Gallagher

Literature Humanities

Bridget Potter

Elise Gout

Kirkwood Adams

Kristen Martin

Priyanka Mariwala 

Literary Non-Fiction

Bridget Potter

Carin Jean White 

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

LOIs

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Carin Jean White 

Elizabeth Bailey

Masters Thesis Writing

Carin Jean White 

Kathleen Griesbach

Linh An

Mixed Media/Genre Projects

Carin Jean White

Tejan Green Waszak

MLA Style

Chris Carpenter 

Kristen Martin

Meridith Wade

Mor Sheinbein

Multimedia Composing

Carin Jean White

Music

Catherine Kirch

Neuroscience

Catherine Kirch

Personal Statements

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor 

Brian Trimboli

Bridget Potter

Carin Jean White

Chris Carpenter 

Elizabeth Bailey

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tejan Green Waszak

Philosophy

Brian Trimboli

Elise Gout

Meridith Wade

Playwriting

Carin Jean White 

Poetry

Avia Tadmor

Kirkwood Adams 

Proposal & Grant Writing

Avia Tadmor

Carin Jean White

Elizabeth Bailey

Linh An

Psychology

Avia Tadmor

Catherine Kirch

Research

Carin Jean White

Daniel Ralston

Kathleen Griesbach

Kristen Martin

Meridith Wade

Science Writing

Alyssa Pelish

Catherine Kirch

Elizabeth Bailey

Screenwriting

Carin Jean White

Catherine McNulty

Sociology

Bridget Potter

Kathleen Griesbach 

Spanish

Kathleen Griesbach 

Sustainable Development

Elise Gout

Qualitative Methods

Kathleen Griesbach

Theatre

Carin Jean White

Kirkwood Adams

Tejan Green Waszak

Translation Studies

Avia Tadmor

Carin Jean White

Mor Sheinbein

University Writing

Alyssa Pelish

Avia Tadmor

Brian Trimboli

Bridget Potter

Catherine Kirch

Catherine McNulty

Chris Carpenter 

Elise Gout

Kristen Martin

Meridith Wade

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

Tejan Green Waszak

Writing Process Strategies

Adriana Green 

Writing for Mainstream Publications

Carin Jean White

Kristen Martin

Mor Sheinbein

Tara Gallagher

 

 

               

Biographies

Adriana GreenHeather Radke
Alessia PalantiJason Ueda
Allaire Rae ConteKarin Christiaens
Alyssa PelishKathleen Griesbach
Avia TadmorKirkwood Adams
Brian TrimboliKristen Martin
Bridget PotterLeah Zander
Carin Jean WhiteLinh An
Catherine KirchManu Amin
Catherine McNultyMeridith Wade
Chris CarpenterMira Baum
Daniel LeffertsMor Sheinbein
Daniel RalstonPhilip Grayson
Elise GoutPriyanka Mariwala
Elizabeth BaileyRebecca Sonkin
Elizabeth WaltersSammy Caveny
Emily Kuntz (EK)Sue Mendelsohn
Glenn Michael GordonTara Gallagher
 Tejan Green Waszak

 

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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 and rhetoric courses. She earned her PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Specialties: APA style, business & professional writing, job search materials, MLA style, multimedia composing, personal statements, University Writing.

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Jason Takayuki Ueda
Jason Takayuki Ueda is coordinator of the writing center. Previously, he has taught composition and worked as a writing consultant at various universities in the city. 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, close reading strategies, comparative literature, East Asian studies, grammar, Lit Hum, MLA style, personal statements and application essays, poetry, University Writing, long projects, American studies.

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Allaire Rae Conte

Allaire Rae Conte is an MFA candidate in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Columbia. In addition to consulting in the Writing Center, Allaire teaches University Writing at Columbia, and has previously taught creative writing courses. She holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Specialties: Comics/Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Fiction, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Science Writing, University Writing

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Alyssa Pelish
Alyssa Pelish is a freelance writer and editor. Her essays, articles, reviews, and fiction have appeared in Harper’s online, The Paris Review online, Slate, Science, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Quarterly Conversation, The Smart Set, Denver Quarterly, Cabinet, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She earned her B.A. in neuroscience from Carleton College, her M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and completed doctoral coursework in English and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also leads a series of workshops on grammar and style at Barnard and is the director of the very small writing center for master’s students at Christie’s Education. Specialties: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, ESL, Fiction, French, Grammar, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, Personal Statements, Poetry, Research, Science Writing, Translation Studies, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Anya Lewis-Meeks

Anya Lewis-Meeks is an MFA candidate in Fiction from Columbia University, where she teaches in the University Writing program in the International Students cohort. She is also on the selection committee of the Morningside Review, and co-judged the 2017-2018 Jonathan Throne Kopit Memorial Prize in logic and rhetoric. Currently, she is at work on two novels—one set at a Jamaican high school, and the other at a fictional Ivy League university. She received her AB at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Policy and International Affairs, with a certificate in Creative Writing. Specialties: Application Essays, Creative Writing, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, International Relations, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Mixed Media/Genre Projects, Personal Statements, Research, University Writing

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Bridget Potter

Bridget Potter, a writer, has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia and an MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia’s School of the Arts. She taught University Writing at Columbia for three years, and conducted memoir-writing workshops for the Columbia Summer High School program. Her essays have been published in Guernica, Quarto, Best American Essays and Windmill. She has reviewed books for Publishers Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. Before entering GS at Columbia, she had a long career in television, as an executive and also as a producer, most prominently as the head of Original Programming at HBO. Specialties: University Writing, Literature Humanities, C.C., Art Humanities, Literary Nonfiction, Personal Statements, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Film and Media Studies, and GS. Specialties: Anthropology, Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Dissertation Writing, Fellowship Applications, Film & Media Studies, Journalism, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, Personal Statements, Sociology, Theatre/Playwriting/, Screenwriting, Master’s Thesis Writing, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Carin Jean White


Carin Jean White is a visual artist and theatre director. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.
www.carinjeanwhite.com  Specialties: Application Essays, Business & Professional Writing, Comics & Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Film & Media Studies, Job Search Materials, Literary Nonfiction, Mixed Media/Genre Projects, Multimedia Composing, Personal Statements, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Research, Theatre, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Master’s Thesis Writing, Translation Studies, Writing for Mainstream Publications^  top

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Catherine Kirch (CK) 


Catherine Kirch (CK) earned her BA in English Literature and Cognitive Science at Boston University, and her MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University, where she also taught University Writing: Readings in Data Science and Engineering. CK has worked in an editorial capacity for various publications, including Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Apogee Journal, Tri-City Voice Newspaper, and The Morningside Review. She is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary work, especially between the arts/humanities and the sciences. Specialties: Music, University Writing, Creative Writing, Job Application Materials, Fellowship Applications, Science Writing, Literary Analysis, Film Analysis, Psychology, Neuroscience.

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Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter is a PhD student in English at The Graduate Center at CUNY, where he works on contemporary fiction, political economy, and critical theory. He taught composition and research writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has worked as a writing tutor in a variety of capacities. Specialties: American Literature, British Literature, Personal Statements and Application Essays, University Writing, MLA style, and Film.

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Daniel Lefferts
Daniel Lefferts  is an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia. His writing has appeared in BOMB, Guernica, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. He is currently at work on his first novel. Specialties: American Literature, Associated Press Style, Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, British Literature, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Fiction, Grammar, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Elizabeth Bailey
Elizabeth Bailey is a fifth year Chemistry Ph.D. candidate and a NSF GRFP Fellow at Columbia University. In the lab, she creates glowing bacterial cell guts to study coupling between transcription and translation. Outside of research, Elizabeth explores the intersection of science, art, and society. She leads writing and communication events, and is currently developing a workshop series on interdisciplinary teaching. She graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Studio Art, and earned her M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University. Scientific American recently published her review of a data-as-art exhibition. Specialties: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, Chemistry, Fellowship Applications, Personal Statements, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Science Writing

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Elizabeth Walters

Elizabeth Walters is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, and tutor. She teaches creative writing and journalism in the Columbia Summer High School Program. For two years, she taught University Writing, and she also served as the copy editor and an editorial board member for The Morningside Review, as well as a nonfiction board member for Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She was previously a high-school English teacher and a full-time reporter and editor. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice, the website of the Washington Post, the Times-Picayune, The Rumpus, and the Best American Poetry blog, among others. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, a teaching certification in secondary English from the University of New Orleans, and a BA in English Language and Literature from Smith College. Specialties: American Literature, Associated Press Style, Application Essays, British Literature, Chicago Style, Creative Writing, ESL, Grammar, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, MLA Style, Music, Music Humanities, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Karin Christiaens

Karin Christiaens is a PhD candidate in the Art History & Archaeology department focusing on the study of the eastern Mediterranean under the Roman Empire, particularly with respect to cross-cultural interactions and the interplay of continuity and change in the art and architecture of Greek cities. She graduated with a B.A. in Art History and English from The College of New Jersey and an M.A. in Classical Art & Archaeology from The University of Chicago. Prior to entering the PhD program, Karin received a Post-baccalaureate certificate in Greek and Latin from the Classics Department at Columbia University. She has excavated at the Athenian Agora, Hadrian’s Villa, as well as at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos in Boeotia, where she currently works as a site supervisor. Specialties: Application Essays, Art History, Art Humanities, Chicago Style, History, Personal Statements, Research, Master’s Thesis Writing

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Kirkwood Adams

Kirkwood Adams currently works as a writing consultant at Columbia University and Yeshiva University. He has taught composition courses at Fordham, College of Staten Island, FIT and elsewhere. Before living in New York, Kirkwood taught at an elementary school in Boston. While there he also served as a docent in the Gallery Instructors Program at the Museum of Fine Arts. He has an MFA in poetry. Specialties: Application Essays, Art Humanities, Literature Humanities, Personal Statements, Poetry, University Writing

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Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin received an MFA in Nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2016. She is at work on a collection of essays that explores and meditates on grief—her personal and lasting grief over the deaths of her parents; cultural representations of grief on television, in music, and in literature; and our society’s ever-morphing relationship with grief and mourning. Her personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, Hazlitt, Catapult Magazine, Real Life, The Hairpin, Guernica, The Toast, Google Play Editorial, Public Books, The Grief Diaries, Saveur and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Università degli Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, where she was a Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar. Kristen taught University Writing from 2014-2017. Specialties: American Literature, Associated Press Style, Application Essays, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Grammar, Job Search Materials, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Research, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Leah Zander

Leah Zander holds a BA from Bennington College in Literature and History and an MFA from Columbia University in Fiction. She has many years of experience teaching University Writing and is passionate about composition, theory, and literary analysis. Specialties: American Literature, Application Essays, British Literature, Comparative Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Gender Studies, History, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Master’s Thesis Writing, University Writing

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Lisa Foad

Lisa Foad is an MFA candidate in the Columbia Writing Program (Fiction). Her debut story collection, The Night Is A Mouth, won the 2009 ReLit Award for  Short Fiction, was named among The Globe and Mail’s First-Fiction Top Five of 2009, and received a 2010 Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. In 2015, she was awarded the Carter V. Cooper Short Story Prize. She teaches University Writing, and is working on a novel and short story collection. Specialties: Arts Criticism, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Fiction, Gender Studies, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Screenwriting, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Linh An

Linh An earned her PhD from 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, Master’s Thesis Writing.

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Maria Baker

Maria Baker is a writer of drama, fiction, and cultural criticism, as well as a translator. At the University of Vienna, she focused on German Philology, Theatre & Media Studies and eventually completed her B.A. in the US in English Literature and Creative Writing. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute where she co-developed and teaches two Undergraduate Integrative Courses. She’s the facilitator of an on-going writing workshop for senior citizens in Brooklyn and a founder of the writers' collective Verbal Supply Company. Specialties: Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, Creative Writing, Fiction, Film & Media Studies, German, Literary Non-Fiction, Literature Humanities, Poetry, Theatre/Playwriting/, Screenwriting, Translation Studies, Multilingual Approaches

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Mor Sheinbein

Mor Sheinbein is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has extensive experience teaching University Writing, creative writing, translation studies, and Hebrew. As a non-native to the USA herself, Mor likes helping other non-native students hone their English writing skills, embrace their foreign experiences and accents and use them for their advantage. In her spare time, Mor works on her full length memoir and relaxes by doing yoga, swimming, and riding her bike whenever she can. Specialities: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art History, Art Humanities, Comparative Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Gender Studies, Hebrew, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Translation Studies, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

Nathaniel Rosenthalis

Nathaniel Rosenthalis is a poet and critic. His poetry has appeared in Lana Turner, Conjunctions Online, Denver Quarterly, The Harvard Advocate, and his criticism has appeared in the Boston Review, the Common Reader, Essay Daily, and Jam Tarts. He received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence, where he studied literature, gender studies, and art history, and his M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was in residence as the Senior Fellow in Poetry for the 2016-17 academic year. He is the author of two chapbooks, most recently "A Shirt for Today" (Yes Poetry) and his collaboration with Bernadette Mayer appeared in her book, Works and Days (New Directions). Past professional experiences include working as an Assistant Editor at Oxford University Press and teaching poetry and creative nonfiction at Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in Brooklyn. Specialties: American Literature, Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art History, British Literature, Creative Writing, Fellowship Applications, Gender Studies, Grammar, Literary Analysis, Literature Humanities, Mixed Media/Genre Projects, Personal Statements, Poetry, Research  

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Noah Gallagher Shannon

Noah Gallagher Shannon writes longform journalism, essays, and criticism and holds a MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University, where he taught University Writing for four semesters. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Oxford American, Paris Review, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World, Washington Post, Slate, and elsewhere. He received his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado—his home state. Specialties: American Literature, American Studies, Associated Press Style, Business & Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Fellowship Applications, Film & Media Studies, History, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Personal Statements, Research, Science Writing, Master’s Thesis Writing, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Rachel E. Greenspan

Rachel earned her PhD in Literature and a Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University. Her research interests include global modernisms, transnational gender and sexuality studies, Latin American cultural studies, critical theory, film and visual culture, intellectual history, and psychoanalysis. She has editorial experience at the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies and Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics. Her writing has appeared in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Comparatist, and Polygraph. Specialties: Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, Film & Media Studies, Gender Studies, Literary Analysis, Literature Humanities, Spanish, Master’s Thesis Writing

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R.E. Fulton

R.E. is a public historian and freelance writer with eight years of experience in writing consulting. They completed an M.A. in American History at the University of Rochester in 2015 and have since taught academic writing at SUNY Geneseo and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside the writing center, R.E. can be found leading tours at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, knitting, and talking to cats. Specialties: American Studies, Chicago Style, Dissertation Writing, ESL, Gender Studies, Grammar, History, Job Search Materials, Personal Statements, Research, Master’s Thesis Writing

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Rebecca Sonkin
 
Rebecca Sonkin holds a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and an MA in French Studies from Columbia. She teaches University Writing, and her work has appeared in Tin House, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She's worked as a fashion reporter, magazine editor, and oral historian. Specialties: Art History, Creative Writing, ESL, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications
 
 

Sam Chanse 

Sam Chanse is a playwright, writer, and educator who first joined UWP and the Writing Center in 2011. A resident playwright of New Dramatists and former MacDowell fellow, she has also received residencies from the Sundance Institute, Djerassi Foundation, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Her work has been developed and supported by The Lark, Ma-Yi Theatre, Ars Nova, Playwrights' Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, among others, and is published by Kaya Press and TCG. She is the former artistic director of Kearny Street Workshop, and has taught writing and theater workshops at colleges, universities, and nonprofits. MFA in theater/playwriting: Columbia University; MFA in musical theater writing: NYU. More info: www.samchanse.com.

Specialties: Application Essays, University Writing, Creative Writing, Fellowship Applications, Personal Statements, Theater/Playwriting, Asian American Studies/Literature

 

Shelby Wardlaw

Shelby Wardlaw is a writer, translator, and teacher originally hailing from Austin, Texas. She earned a B.A. in English and Russian from Vassar College, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, and expects to complete her M.F.A. in Fiction at Columbia University in May 2019. Shelby has been teaching writing for seven years, and is currently an Instructor in the Undergraduate Writing Program. She is working on her first book, a dystopia set in Texas. Specialties: American Literature, Application Essays, Comparative Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Fiction, French, Linguistics, Literary Analysis, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Science Writing, Master’s Thesis Writing, Translation Studies, University Writing, Russian, Russian Literature, Data Sciences

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Steve Preskill

Steve Preskill was a professor of education for many years, specializing in the history of American education and leadership studies. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois. More recently, he acquired an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University. He is currently doing research for a biography of one of his heroes – Myles Horton of the Highlander Folk School. He is delighted to be working in the Writing Center as a writing consultant. Specialties: American Studies, History, Research, Biography and Leadership Studies

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Tara Gallagher

Tara holds a BA in English Literature from King’s College London and an MFA in Creative Writing (concentration: fiction) from Columbia’s School of the Arts. She taught University Writing at Columbia for five semesters and, in connection with the Columbia Public Voices Fellowship offered by the Op-Ed Project, facilitated writing groups for scholars, scientists, and clinicians who were working to add their voices to public debates. Before beginning her MFA, Tara was a member of the editorial staffs of The New Yorker and The Paris Review.  She has written book reviews and essays for various publications, including Town & Country, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

Specialties: Arts Criticism, Art Humanities, British Literature, Creative Writing, Fiction, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Tejan Green Waszak

Tejan holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Long Island University where she teaches core classes and coordinates the Core Seminar: Idea of the Human program. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Theatre and enjoys performing in community theater productions. She is currently working towards her PhD in English. Specialties: Caribbean Literature, African-American Literature, American Literature, Creative Writing, Fiction, Film & Media Studies, Gender Studies, Journalism, Literary Nonfiction, Mixed Media/Genre Projects, Personal Statements, Poetry, Theatre/Playwriting, University Writing

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Tibo Halsberghe

Tibo Halsberghe is a fiction writer and an instructor in University Writing: Readings in Medical Humanities at Columbia University. They grew up speaking Flemish and French and went on to study German, English, Hungarian, Italian, and, most recently, Sinhala. Before moving to the US to pursue an MFA in Fiction they had a wine bar in Belgium, ran a B&B in Holland, and taught English to refugees in London and Sydney. As Student Advisor to Columbia’s Artist/Teacher Program one of their main objectives is to explore writing as a practice for sharing experiences and building community. Specialties: British Literature, Creative Writing, ESL, Linguistics, Fiction, Literary Analysis, Medicine, Personal Statements, Translation Studies, University Writing

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Former Consultants

 

Adriana Green

Adriana Green is a cross-genre writer living in NYC where she teaches creative writing at Adelphi University and works in Columbia’s Writing Center. Adriana received her MFA from Pratt Institute’s Writing and Activism program and received her BA in English with a minor in Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary. Her work has appeared in The American Academy of Poets, The Felt, FanZine and elsewhere. She recently received a University & College Poetry Prize from The American Academy of Poets and is currently working on her first poetic manuscript about race, death, and grieving in America. Specialties: African-American Literature, American Studies, Art Humanities, Creative Writing, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Writing Process Strategies

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Alessia Palanti

Alessia Palanti is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian and Comparative Literature. At Columbia, she teaches University Writing: Readings in Gender & Sexuality, has taught Italian language, and Lit Hum at Taconic Correctional Facility for Women. She is also certified in Women’s Gender and Sexuality studies. Her dissertation explores female queer discourse in contemporary Italy in 21st century female-directed films. Outside academia, she has co-curated film festivals and been on film festival selection committees. She is also a contemporary dancer/choreographer in New York City committed to moving and creating in spaces with feminist and queer political agenda. Specialties: Application Essays, Comparative Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, Fellowship Applications, Film & Media Studies, Gender Studies, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Philosophy, Master’s Thesis Writing, University Writing

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Alexander Landfair
Alexander Landfair is the former assistant director of the writing center. He 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.

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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, he recently earned his PhD 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. 

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Amanda Culp
Amanda Culp is a PHD student in the Doctoral Subcommittee on Theater at Columbia University. Though she specializes in classical Sanskrit drama, she has broader interests in translation theory, classical drama in adaptation, and performance theory. She holds a BA in Drama from Vassar College and an MAR in Asian Religion from Yale University. When she is not reading and writing, she is likely cooking or doing yoga. Writing Center Specialties: academic humanities writing; personal statements; project proposals; dramatic literature.

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Avia Tadmor

Avia Tadmor earned a BA in Psychology at Harvard University and is completing her MFA in Poetry and Translation at Columbia University. She directed the Columbia Artist/Teachers program, served on the editorial board of The Morningside Review, and currently teaches University Writing. Avia taught Modern Hebrew at the Jewish Theological Seminary and poetry at Gilda’s Club, a center for individuals affected by cancer. Avia’s poems appear or are forthcoming in New England Review, Crab Orchard Review, Apogee, The Adroit Journal, Fugue, and elsewhere. She was an Indiana Review Poetry Prize finalist and received a Vermont Studio Center fellowship for writers. Avia’s research appears in the Journal of Palliative Medicine and the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. Specialties:  Application Essays, Creative Writing, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Hebrew, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Psychology, Translation Studies, University Writing

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Brian Trimboli

Brian Trimboli has received fellowships from New York University, Binghamton University, Bucknell University, and Hartwick College, and has worked with veteran writers through NYU and Binghamton. He’s published poetry with Gulf Coast, The Indiana Review, West Branch, and many others. His chapbook won No, Dear/Small Anchor Press’ inaugural chapbook competition in 2013, and he is the Poetry Editor for Wreck Park. He is currently finishing up his PhD at Binghamton University, and teaching at John Jay College. Specialties: University Writing, Creative Writing, Literary Analysis, Philosophy, Personal Statements, LOIs, and Fellowship Applications.

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Candice Kail 
Candice Kail has a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies with minors in English Literature, Writing, and Political Science. She also holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Having writing experience with genres ranging from poetry to software documentation, Candice has worked as a technical writer and editor at New York University and at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, and as a proofreader and editor in book and magazine publishing. She reviews non-fiction books for Library Journal on topics ranging from history to neuroscience. She teaches research sessions for the University Writing Program in partnership with Columbia University Libraries and also works as a reference and web services librarian at Columbia. Her specialties include research skills and research-based writing, gender studies, literary non-fiction, writing in the social sciences, science and technical writing, web writing, and business and professional writing.  

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Catherine McNulty

Catherine McNulty is a GS creative writing major with a concentration in Nonfiction. She spent more years than she would care to admit reading scripts in Los Angeles. While at Columbia she has excelled at University Writing, Art Hum, and Music Hum. She enjoys watching and writing about films in her spare time. Specialties: Art Humanities, Creative Writing, Film & Media Studies, Journalism, Screenwriting, University Writing

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Cathy Zhu
Cathy Zhu is a PhD student in the Art History & Archaeology department at Columbia, studying pre-modern Chinese painting and the interactions between works in the tomb, religious, and secular environments. She has worked in the auction industry, at various museums, and in management consulting. Cathy received her MA in Art History from Williams College and her BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Chicago. Specialties: Art History, Art Humanities, Chicago Style, East Asian Studies, Economics, History.

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Chandler Klang Smith
Chandler Klang Smith is the author of the novels The Sky Is Yours (forthcoming from Hogarth, an imprint of Crown/Random House, 2017) and Goldenland Past Dark(ChiZine Publications, 2013). Her fiction uses surreal imagery and genre elements to comment satirically on our world and to investigate the inner lives of characters. In addition to tutoring and teaching, Chandler has worked as an editorial assistant, associate agent, and ghostwriter in the NYC publishing industry and coordinates literary events for the KGB Bar. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in literature and philosophy from Bennington College. Her specialties include literature, creative writing, screenwriting and film analysis, philosophy, brainstorming, and application/personal statements.

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Christine Susienka 
Christine Susienka is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Columbia. She works primarily in moral and political philosophy, and her dissertation is on the philosophical foundations of human rights. Christine is currently teaching a course of her own design, Hard Cases, Moral Questions, and has taught Social and Political Philosophy. Next year, she will serve as a preceptor for Contemporary Civilization. Prior to starting her PhD, Christine earned both a BA with a major in philosophy and a minor in English, and an MST with a concentration in TESOL. Specialties: philosophy, Contemporary Civilization, ESL, proposal & grant writing, personal statements and application essays, and dissertation & thesis writing.

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Daniel Penny
Daniel Penny is an essayist, journalist, and poet with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, where he was also a creative writing teaching fellow. In addition to working at the Writing Center, he teaches writing at Parsons and works part-time at The New Yorker. His essay, "A Model Camp," was selected as notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. Other work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Inquiry, The Rumpus, The Village Voice, Cereal Magazine, Slice Magazine, Nat. Brut, Art Observed, and others. His work has won the 2012 Norton Writer's Prize and the 2013 Lorabel Richardson American Academy of Poets Prize. Daniel's interests include art, design, critical theory, and the history of the essay.

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Daniel Ralston

Daniel Ralston, a PhD candidate in art history at Columbia, studies the arts and visual culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spain and Latin America. He has catalogued a number of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s little-studied nineteenth-century Spanish paintings, and has also carried out collection research for the Brooklyn Museum. He earned his BA in Art History and Spanish at the University of British Columbia. Specialties: Art History, Art Humanities, Chicago Style, Fellowship Applications, History, Spanish

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Elise Gout

Elise Gout is a junior in Columbia College pursuing a degree in Economics with a concentration in Sustainable Development. Elise devotes a lot of her time to writing academic essays, but she also regularly enjoys journaling and striving to complete the first draft of a novel. Through her work in University Writing, she was the recipient of the Jonathon Throne Kopit Memorial prize for logic and rhetoric. Her interests include collegiate fencing, backpacking, and collaborating with others as they navigate the writing process. Specialties: University Writing, Literature Humanities, C.C., Philosophy, Creative Writing, Economics, Sustainable Development, Fellowship Applications, Cover Letters, Blog Writing, and Journalism.

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Elizabeth Metzger
Elizabeth Metzger graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and Literary Arts. She is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia and the poetry editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal.  She is a former UWP instructor and seminar instructor in Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students. Her essays and poetry have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Guernica, and Narrative Magazine. Specialties: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, close reading, literary and art criticism, reviews, university writing, personal statements and application materials

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Elizabeth Walters 
Elizabeth Walters is pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction writing at Columbia; she also teaches University Writing. Before starting graduate school, she spent several years as a high-school English teacher. Before teaching, she worked as a full-time editor and reporter. She has edited thousands of other writers' articles and has published a couple hundred of her own; 
her writing has appeared in publications such as The Times-Picayune, the Village Voice and the website of the Washington Post. She also has edited thesis and dissertation chapters in subjects such as biology, inorganic chemistry, forensic anthropology, education, and psychology. She loves helping others grow in their writing, particularly in the generative phase when they are finding ideas. Specialties: American Literature, Associated Press style, British Literature, Creative Writing, Education, Grammar, Journalism, Literary Nonfiction, MLA style, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications.

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Emily Kuntz (EK)

Emily Kuntz is a PhD candidate in Theatre at Columbia University. Specializing in medieval and early modern drama, her dissertation is on the enactment of religious conversion in European saint plays. She taught University Writing at Columbia for three semesters and currently teaches a course on Shakespeare at SUNY Purchase. Prior to her work at Columbia, EK earned a BA in Theatre and Philosophy from Williams College. Specialties: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Business & Professional Writing, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Research, Theatre/Playwriting/, University Writing

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Erica David
Erica David is a writer from Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Princeton University with an BA in English and received her MFA in Creative Writing from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn. She teaches composition and English literature classes at St. Joseph’s and also works with ESL students as a writing tutor. For more than a decade she’s written children’s books and comics based on popular movies and TV shows, including Spider-ManSpongeBob SquarePants and Frozen. Specialties: African-American literature, fiction, literary analysis, ESL.

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Georgette Fleischer
Georgette Fleischer earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Michigan, an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia’s School of Arts, and a Ph.D. in English and Comp. Lit. from Columbia’s GSAS. Her scholarly interests in Modernism extend to the late 19th-Century Comparative European novel (course in Thackeray, Flaubert, Tolstoy and Hardy read through the Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukács and Virginia Woolf). Fleischer has published review-essays in The Nation and the L.A. Times Book Review, and journalism related to Village and Lower Eastside politics in The Villager and Bowery Boogie. Her historical novel set in Vienna during the Anschluss is complete, and she inches her way on a memoir about her late father, a mathematician. Specialties: Comp. Lit.: English (including American), German, French; Humanities and Social Sciences broadly; graduate student writing, including for international students; research, close reading, grammar; critical theory, feminist theory; MLA, Chicago, APA Style.

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Glenn Michael Gordon

Glenn Michael Gordon is assistant director in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University and course co-director of University Writing: Readings in Gender and Sexuality. He is the editor-in-chief of The Morningside Review, which publishes exemplary essays by first-year undergraduates at Columbia. He leads an end-of-semester event on writing and publishing op-eds that has supported more than 150 publications by first-year undergraduates. He lectures on communicating well with LGBT patients at Columbia University Medical Center. He was the editor-in-chief of ReadersDigest.com, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including New York, Self, Huffington Post, Seventeen, Departures, Reader’s Digest, and CNN.com. Specialties: Application Essays, Creative Writing, Gender Studies, Journalism, Literary Nonfiction, Personal Statements, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Hal Sundt

Hal Sundt is currently pursuing his MFA in nonfiction writing in Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is also an instructor in the Undergraduate Writing Program. He writes researched and reported pieces, personal essays and criticism (primarily sports and film). Specialties: University Writing, literary non-fiction, personal essays, journalism, sportswriting, web writing.

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Heather Radke

Heather Radke writes essays, criticism, and reported pieces on subjects including the early, weird days of public radio, the politics of ponies, and social practice art in Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New York Times Magazine, Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Guernica, and The White Review. Heather is finishing an MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia University. She taught University Writing for three semesters, and founded the Incarcerated Writer Initiative for the Columbia Journal, where she continues to serve as an advisor. Before coming to New York, she lived in Chicago where she was a curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and a public radio producer. Specialties: American Studies, Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Business & Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Fellowship Applications, History, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Personal Statements, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications, Public-facing Academic Writing

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Jaime Green
Jaime Green has a BA from Brown University and she has finished coursework for her MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia, which she will complete following her University Writing teaching fellowship. She currently teaches in the Sustainable Development theme of UW. Jaime has published essays, reviews, and interviews with The Awl, The Rumpus, The Cossack Review, BuzzFeed, Hooded Utilitarian, Download the Universe, and Everyday Genius. Her essays cover food, science, museums, culture, and American history. Before graduate school she worked in new play development. She also writes about astrophysics for Astrobites and The Planetary Society. She is a member of Neuwrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between, and she has worked as a consultant for scientists applying for NSF fellowships. Specialties: University Writing, creative writing, theatre, science writing, science journalism, personal statements, medical school applications, science (astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, earth science), application essays, writing process.

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Jeffrey Twu

Jeffrey Twu is a doctoral candidate of anthropology at Columbia University, where he works on border theories, frontier ecology, and cultural nationalism in Hong Kong. Jeffrey is currently a Teaching Fellow at Columbia, helping undergraduate writers research and complete their senior theses. Prior to his tenure at Columbia, Jeffrey taught English literature and academic writing at Hunter College, and has worked as a writing consultant and ESL teacher in various capacities. Jeffrey received his MA and MPhil in anthropology from Columbia. He also studied comparative literature at CUNY Graduate Center, and earned his BA in English Literature and Linguistics at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Specialties: Anthropology, Application Essays, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, East Asian Studies, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Personal Statements, Mandarin, Modern Chinese Literature, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs

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Jim Sliney Jr

Jim Sliney Jr is a student in the School of General Studies. He is a Creative Writing major with a focus on fiction, “not because I want to be, but because I have to be”. Jim is a part time student who works as a freelance writer. He contracts with publishers to do editing, writes copy for websites, creates manuals of operation for medical research studies, dabbles in ghostwriting, has written hundreds of essays in the self-empowerment space, and is currently focused on helping patients share and publish their medical stories. Jim is also working on establishing a service for “expressive writing” – a therapeutic form of writing for trauma victims. Specialties: APA Style, Creative Writing, Fiction, Medicine, Nursing, Proposal & Grant Writing, LOIs, Science Writing

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Kat Savino
Kat Savino holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and a BA in English from Montclair State University. She also works for Baruch College and as a writing instructor for LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America), a non-profit program that helps underprivileged high school students apply for college. She is working on a poetry collection and a novel. Her work has appeared in Diagram and the Los Angeles Review, and she was the recipient of The Room of Her Own prize in poetry. Her specialties include brainstorming, literary analysis, job materials, application/personal statement writing, creative writing, gender studies, and ESL.

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Kathleen Griesbach

Kathleen Griesbach is a PhD student in Sociology. Her dissertation explores how unstable schedules impact contingent workers in urban and rural contexts. She previously worked as a paralegal on civil rights and employment cases in south Texas and taught English in Madrid. She has taught in the Culture, Art, and Technology writing program at UC San Diego, where she completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies, and in Columbia’s Sociology Department. She published some of her Master’s research on local-federal immigration enforcement in the journal Norteamérica and elsewhere. She received a B.A. from NYU in English and Latin American Studies. Specialties: Application Essays, Job Search Materials, Research, Sociology, Spanish, Master’s Thesis Writing, Qualitative Methods

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Jessica Simon
Jessica Simon is a Ph.D student in the Subcommittee on Theatre and English and Comparative Literature where her interests include melodrama, the interrelation of theatre and the novel, and theories of emotion and physiology in the Victorian period. She’s in the midst of writing her dissertation on how Victorian critics and writers imagined the transmission of affect and emotion across different mediums to audiences. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.F.A. from New York University. Jessica has also taught two years of University Writing. Her specialties include: research strategies, brainstorming, organization, University Writing, humanities writing, and thesis writing.

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Julia Drake
Julia Drake is pursuing her MFA in fiction writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She graduated from Williams College with a degree in Spanish Literature and has also studied literary translation at Columbia. She has led several language-learning trips for high school students to Spain and currently teaches University Writing. Specialties: creative writing, Spanish Literature, Comparative Literature, literary translation, University Writing.

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Kristen Martin
Kristen Martin is currently pursuing an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University, where she is at work on a collection of essays on her parents’ lives and deaths and where she teaches University Writing. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English in 2011. In 2012-2013, she was the Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy, where she wrote a thesis on the way Italians talk about food and received a Master in Food Culture and Communications. Her personal essays and food writing have been published in Guernica, The ToastSaveurThe Grief Diaries, The Pennsylvania GazetteCleaver MagazinePhiladelphia Magazine, and elsewhere.  Specialities: Comparative literature, fiction, grammar, journalism, MLA style, University Writing, literary non-fiction, Italian studies. 

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Kristin Slaney
Kristin Slaney is a playwright originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, currently completing her MFA in Theatre at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Kristin's plays have been produced and developed in New York and Canada at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The Tank, Columbia University, Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta, Ship’s Company Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Halifax for Young People, and DaPoPo Theatre. She is a member of EST’s Youngblood, and she is a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2016 National Playwrights Conference. Kristin teaches University Writing: Readings in Gender and Sexuality to first-year Columbia students. Writing Center specialities include: fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, topics in gender and sexuality, theatre history, University Writing. 

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Leah Zander 
Leah Zander is a fiction writer and an Early Modernist. She earned her BA in History and Literature at Bennington College, and she is currently completing her MFA at Columbia University, where she also teaches University Writing. Specialties: American literature, British literature, Lit Hum, women and gender studies, philosophy, history, University Writing, proposal & grant-writing, cover letters, creative writing.

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Manu Amin

Manu Amin is a junior in Columbia College studying English and Economics. On campus, he is an editor of the Columbia Review and a member of the Columbia squash team. Specialties: American Literature, British Literature, Economics, Fiction, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, University Writing

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Maria John
Maria John is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Columbia. Her dissertation research is on 20th century urban indigenous health activism in the U.S. and Australia. Maria has served as a TA on various History courses at Columbia, including: the Social History of American Public Health, The History of the City of New York, The U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, The Making of the Modern American Landscape, and she has also worked as an advisor for the History Department's Senior Thesis Seminar. In 2014, she taught an upper-division History seminar of her own design, Modern American Indian Social and Political History. Before moving to New York City in 2009, she lived in Melbourne, Australia.  Specialties: history, anthropology, dissertation & thesis writing, proposal & grant writing, job search materials, personal statements and applications.

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Maria Bo
Maria Bo is a PhD student in the English and Comparative Literature department.  She has a BA in both Linguistics and English literature and has experience teaching both ESL and composition. One of the great passions of her life is translation.  When not in the Writing Center, she is leading seminars on literary criticism for the English department or observing teachers at the Center for Teaching and Learning.  She has a deep love for walking in parks, designing jewelry, and eating chocolate.  Other specialties: comparative literature, translation studies, modern Chinese literature, East Asian studies, Asian American literature, American modernism, and Cold War studies.

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Matthew Harrison
Matthew Harrison is a Columbia graduate, Matthew Harrison is now completing his PhD at Princeton University. His academic work is on “bad” poetry, experimental verse, and the ways embracing failure can open up new opportunities. He has worked with students on a variety of subjects and genres: including academic articles and chapters, essays in the Columbia Core, and applications for jobs and graduate school. Other interests include poetry and poetic theory, philosophy, British and American history, feminism, theoretical and critical work on video games, personal essays, urban studies, and food writing. 

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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.

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Meridith Wade

Meridith Wade is a Junior in Columbia College studying Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Specialties: History, International Relations, MLA Style, Philosophy, Research, University Writing

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Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan received his MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. His first book of poems, Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery, was released by A-Minor Press in 2014. His writing has appeared in Poetry International, the PEN Poetry Series, Fence and Alice Blue Review, among others. Along with working as a writing consultant, Michael teaches writing and ESL classes at the New School. Specialties: American literature, application essays, Art Hum, British Literature, ESL, fiction, film, Lit Hum, Music Hum, poetry, University Writing.

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Mira Baum

Mira Baum is an undergraduate in Columbia College, studying Archaeological Anthropology and Sustainable Development. Her academic and career aspirations are to combine these two fields of study, and pursue environmental archaeology, with a focus on creating culturally conscious infrastructure and ecological policy for developing countries. She also is an actor and director on campus, specializing in Shakespeare and drama. She loves writing poetry and reading about queer/feminist Shakespeare theory. Specialties: Anthropology, Creative Writing, Poetry, Theatre/Playwriting

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Miranda K. Pennington
Miranda K. Pennington is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program in Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, A Girl Walks Into a Book, fuses memoir, literary criticism, and biography of the Brontë sisters and will be available May 2017, from Seal Press. A former instructor in the Contemporary Essays and Human Rights-themed University Writing courses, her work has appeared on The American Scholar online, the Ploughshares Writing Blog, and The Toast. Specialties: arts criticism, humor, comics/graphic novels, braided narratives, personal statements, application materials, long-form thesis and dissertation projects, and UW assignments.

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Mor Sheinbein

Mor Sheinbein is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has extensive experience teaching University Writing, creative writing, translation studies, and Hebrew. As a non-native to the USA herself, Mor likes helping other non-native students hone their English writing skills, embrace their foreign experiences and accents and use them for their advantage. In her spare time, Mor works on her full length memoir and relaxes by doing yoga, swimming, and riding her bike whenever she can.

Specialities: Application Essays, Arts Criticism, Art History, Art Humanities, Comparative Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, ESL, Fellowship Applications, Fiction, Gender Studies, Hebrew, Job Search Materials, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, MLA Style, Personal Statements, Translation Studies, University Writing, Writing for Mainstream Publications

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Peter Moody
Peter Moody is a Phd Student in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia and is developing his career as a researcher and an educator.  He is specializing in Modern Korean History and his research on North Korea has been published in the Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies.  In addition to researching East Asia, Peter teaches ESL reading, writing and oral communication as an adjunct instructor at ASA College in Manhattan.  He has two MA degree: one in TESOL from Hunter College and one in East Asian Studies from University of Virginia.  He has also written for online news publications and has edited memoirs of non-native English speakers. Specialty Areas: East Asian Studies, ESL, Grammar, History.

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Philip Grayson

Philip Grayson is a Junior in Columbia College studying English and Environmental Science. On campus, he works on the editorial board of Quarto Magazine and fills the role of Public Relations and Development Assistant for Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Specialties: Literary Analysis, Literature Humanities, University Writing

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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 inAmbassador 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.

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Priyanka Mariwala

Priyanka Mariwala is a senior at Columbia College studying English and Psychology. At Columbia, she is on the boards of Quarto Magazine and Design for America. She is especially interested in literature from the Indian subcontinent. In her spare time, she writes creative Nonfiction, bakes sourdough bread, and tries to get better at board games. Specialities: British Literature, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities

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Raluca Albu
Raluca Albu is pursuing an MFA in fiction at Columbia; she also teaches University Writing. She is a senior editor for Guernica Magazine and the online literature editor for BOMB Magazine. She was a high school history teacher and she has written for The Guardian, Words without Borders, The Columbia Journal, and others. She likes to help writers brainstorm  ideas and organize how to structure their writing. Her specialities include: UW assignments, social sciences, personal statements, journalism, job materials, and creative projects.

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Richard Trist
Richard is a PHD student in the Doctoral Subcommittee on Theater at Columbia University. Whilst his era of specialization is focused on the 20th Century, he is geographically diverse with interests in British, American and European theatre. Along with Performance Studies, Richard is keen to explore the  intersection between Theatre and Philosophy. Richard holds a BA in Theatre from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Philosophy from Kings College London. Specialties: 20th Century theatre, performance studies, philosophy, aesthetics, Nietzsche, personal statements. 

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Rob Verger
Rob Verger is a journalist who focuses on science and health writing. A regular contributor to VICE News on the environment and climate change, he has also written for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he received an MA in science journalism, and Columbia School of the Arts, where he did an MFA in nonfiction writing. A former high school English teacher, he has also instructed in Columbia’s Undergraduate Writing Program. Specialities in the Writing Center include journalism, science writing, job search materials, University Writing, English lit, literary non-fiction, personal statements and application essays, English as a second language, and grammar. 

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Sammy Caveny

Sammy Caveny is a junior in Columbia College double majoring in creative writing and comparative literature and society. She is an editor-in-chief of Quarto Literary Magazine, a copy editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator, and the vice president of the Blue Key Society, a community service organization on campus. She loves editing, writing, and collaborating, and she is excited to be a Peer Writing Fellow for the Writing Center. Specialties: American Literature, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Fiction, French, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literary Nonfiction, Literature Humanities, MLA Style, Music Humanities, Poetry, Sociology, Spanish

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Sam Chanse
Sam Chanse is a writer, theater artist, and educator. She is a former instructor of University Writing at Columbia University, and is currently teaching a writing course at Tisch. Her playwriting and theater work have been developed and supported by the Playwrights’ Realm, the Lark, Ma-Yi, Civilians R&D, Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Sloan, Ars Nova, and the Sundance Theatre Institute. Her solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columba University, and in musical theater writing from Tisch. Specialties: University Writing, theater/playwriting, personal statements, application essays.

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Sanaë Lemoine

Sanaë was raised in France and Australia. She received a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate student in the School of Arts at Columbia. Sanaë teaches University Writing and writes fiction. In her spare time, Sanaë cooks and writes about food. Specialties: fiction, creative non-fiction, Lit Hum, and University Writing.  

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Sarah Goldberg 
Sarah Goldberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where she is finishing up a dissertation on entertainment and consumer culture in early twentieth-century Argentina. Sarah has taught English as a Foreign Language in Granada, Spain and Spanish language and culture courses at Columbia, including a self-designed course on science fiction. While in graduate school, Sarah has also worked as a freelance assistant and editor for a literary agency that specializes in children's and young adult literature and genre fiction, and currently copy-edits for an academic journal on Medieval Iberian history. She would love to read your popular history project or your historical romance novel. Specialties: Chicago (CMS) style, dissertation and thesis writing, French, publishing, Spanish.

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Sarah Sachs
Sarah Sachs is a PhD Candidate in sociology at Columbia. Sarah studies collective classification practices within organizational contexts, and her dissertation research looks at the relationship between expertise and technology in the transformation of art into data. Sarah came to Columbia after a career in the technology sector and has since taught courses in organizational innovation and organizational failure. She has also taught English abroad, as well as preparation courses for college and graduate school admissions. Sarah holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia. Specialties: sociology, science and technology studies, international relations, economics, gender studies, personal statements, application essays, thesis writing, and business & professional writing.

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Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas works both as a Writing Consultant and an Instructor of University Writing.  She has finished her coursework for an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, and she will graduate in 2015 upon completion of her thesis, a novel.  Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University with a BA in Creative Writing, and she attended New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.  Sarah has published creative non-fiction in The Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera America, xojane, and Apogee Journal.  She has previously worked in book and magazine publishing.  Her fiction and non-fiction focus on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality.  Sarah has also worked in the field of job preparation, so she is familiar with resume and cover letter writing.    

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Shannon Azzato Stephens
Shannon Azzato Stephens holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin.  In addition to her work at Columbia, she has taught in writing centers at the University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, and Baruch College. While serving in AmeriCorps, she also taught basic skills writing and literacy in Mississippi public schools. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in journals including The Sugar House Review, The Susquehanna Review, Coal Hill Review, Commonline Journal, and Anderbo. Specialties: creative writing, argument development, essay structure and organization, reading comprehension, interpreting assignments, and incorporating research into academic papers.

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Suzie Hanrahan
Suzie Hanrahan graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Law, Letters, & Society, and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. She has taught creative writing for military veterans and high school students and served as a University Writing instructor. Previously, she worked in documentary film and reality television. Specialties: University Writing, creative writing, brainstorming, research and planning techniques, art history, gender and cultural studies, personal statements, and application essays.

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Tom Fogg
Tom Fogg holds BMus(ic) and MMus degrees from King’s College London. He joined Columbia’s graduate program in historical musicology in 2010. Between 2012-2014, he served as editor of the journal Current Musicology; since 2013, he has taught the musical component of the university’s Core Curriculum, Music Humanities. His dissertation examines relationships between the senses, sound technologies, and music in Paris since 1945. Specialties: Music, Music Humanities, History, Writing for Mainstream Publications, Application Essays, Proposal and Grant Writing, Chicago Style.

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Valerie Seiling Jacobs
Valerie Seiling Jacobs holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and a JD from Cornell University. Before returning to academia, she practiced law for more than twenty years. She has experience teaching academic, creative, and legal writing. She is a former UWP instructor and previously served on the editorial board of The Morningside Review. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other publications. Specialties: University Writing, dissertation and thesis writing, business & professional writing, literary nonfiction, law, research-based writing, and journalism.

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Zachary Ugolnik

Zachary Ugolnik (pronounced you-goal-nick) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion and a Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow at Columbia University. In the spring, he will defend his dissertation, “The Mirror of Glory: Sense and Subjectivity in Near Eastern Mysticism.” Beyond academic writing, Zachary also writes travel essays. His work has appeared in Journal of Religion, Religion & Literature, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin among other print and online publications. Specialties: Art History, Chicago Style, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Dissertation Writing, History, Literary Analysis, Literary Non-Fiction, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Studies, Arabic Literature

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