Meet our Graduate Writing Consultants

Alex K.

I’m a PhD candidate in the Visual Arts Department and hold a MFA from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where I’m originally from. My research connects photographic theory and practice with other fields invested in the polemics of intersubjective and multi-species encounters, such as ethnography, material culture, and performance studies. I’m excited for the ways writing can enliven and complicate the research worlds we immerse ourselves in.

Bayan A.

I am a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies department. My research broadly engages in ideas around race, eugenics ideology and reproductive justice, and works within the fields of Palestine Studies, Black Studies, Science Studies, and Critical Gender Studies. Prior to working at the Writing Hub, I worked with undergraduate students as a TA, on developing their critical reading and writing skills at the Dimensions of Culture (DOC) Marshall College’s Writing Program. As a Writing Consultant, I hope to work with graduate students on helping them build their confidence and find their voices in their writing, regardless of what stage they are in their academic careers. Rather than focus on the end product, I emphasize an approach to help graduate students develop their own writing process.

Chad V. 

 I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Science Studies currently working on my dissertation. My research interests include the history of the human sciences, the current influence of the behavioral sciences on health policy, and political activism around science and the arts. My writing experience includes writing research articles, grant proposals, lectures, powerpoint presentations, blog posts, zine articles, podcasts, and poetry. With my experience in writing, years of teaching writing, and interdisciplinary research background, I am confident that I can assist anyone who comes into the Writing Hub.

Haley M.

I’m a PhD candidate in the Sociology department. My areas of interest include science, knowledge, and technology; social movements; and environmental sociology. My research focuses on the political and scientific processes of determine and declaring drought in California. As a reader and a writer, I am deeply interested in understanding the narrative and the argument a writer makes through their work. As a consultant, I look forward to having conversations with graduate students who are all trying to tell a unique story and helping them craft it in a clear, strong way that demonstrates their perspective.

Lindsay D.

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. I study the meanings of work for young professionals in the ‘new economy.’ In particular, I analyze how individuals experience and manage precarity and work-passion. I am spending this year writing my dissertation, so we can be writing buddies! I have experience writing social science grant applications, teaching statements, diversity statements, website content, field exams, seminar papers, and academic articles. I am committed to clarity of expression and LOVE when working through an (often clumsy) idea culminates in a beautifully crafted and clear sentence. I ardently believe that good writing takes time, but it’s worth the effort. I look forward to helping you articulate your intentions and to convey what you mean to in your writing.

Matt W.

I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History and an international student (I am British). I research the history of the book in modern China, combining techniques from social history with analytical bibliography. My writing has improved significantly during my graduate school experience, and along the way I have picked-up lots of useful tips for improving writing. As I write my dissertation chapters, I continue to work on improving the readability of my prose. In my spare time, I watch British detective drama, play board games, and read books on a variety of subjects to broaden my knowledge. Before graduate school, I studied for two years at Peking University, Beijing. I am proficient in Mandarin and am therefore happy to speak Chinese in appointments while working on English-language writing.

Nicole H.

 I am a PhD student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program, studying the role that protein degradation plays in maintaining neuronal communication and ultimately, brain function. I am particularly drawn to both the early-stage brainstorming and sentence-level editing aspects of writing because I enjoy working collaboratively and watching projects evolve. I am NSF GRFP funded and would love to share feedback on fellowship applications and grant proposals.

Tammy T.

I am a 5th-year PhD student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program. In Dr. Bradley Voytek’s lab, I study how rhythmic neural activity improves cognition and behavior. As a writer, I focus on conveying clear research stories without sacrificing accuracy or rigor, and I am passionate about making research accessible to a broad audience of people.