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Consultant bios

Alanna Alanna

Alanna is a second-year undergraduate student studying Chemistry and English Literature. She most enjoys collaborating on writing that crosses disciplines or expands her scope. She is excited to work with writing from any area, though she is most helpful on topics dealing with literature, natural sciences, and engineering. Off and on throughout the past few years, she has studied Spanish. Additionally, she has experience working with students whose first language is not English. Outside of school, she enjoys running, buying books, knitting, and gardening.

Alex Alex H.

Alex H. is an upper-division Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL). His coursework makes him a great collaborator and resource for lab reports, as well as essays about literature or media, and he's always up for the challenges of difficult theory and technical concepts. Alex is also happy to assist in other subjects, particularly interdisciplinary projects. Outside of school Alex builds and repairs bicycles and cars, owns a Saab flag, makes coffee as often as possible, and enjoys loud shows in small spaces.

AlexAlex W.

Alex W. is a fourth-year undergraduate studying History, Asian Languages and Literatures (Arabic), and Political Science. Accordingly, he speaks a bit of Arabic in addition to his native English. While the bulk of his reading has been in the social sciences, he's always eager to broaden his perspectives by reading papers in a variety of fields. When not otherwise occupied, you might find Alex biking, socializing, or shopping at the grocery store.

Alice
Alice
On leave Fall 2017

Alice is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Linguistics with minors in Russian and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). She also regularly takes courses in Computer Science and related fields. She most enjoys collaborating on research papers, personal statements, and literary analysis but looks forward to helping with any genre of writing. She especially loves to help with the refining of rough drafts to make paragraphs and statements flow smoothly. In her free time, Alice enjoys dabbling in other languages, playing ukulele, and running. She also recently spent three months travelling Norway working on organic farms with other travelers from all walks of life and countries.

Amy
Amy

Amy is a fourth-year undergraduate studying English Literature, Psychology, and Outdoor Education. She especially enjoys detailed analyses (of any topic), personal statements, and creative pieces. She has experience working with students whose first language is not English and can understand a moderate amount of Spanish.

Anne
Anne

Anne is a Multilingual Learner Specialist who also teaches First-year Writing. She has a BA in French and English, and completed her MA and EdD here at the U of M. She enjoys working with students on anything from a thesis statement to a dissertation, a grad school application to a lab report. Anne has lived and worked around the world in international schools for most of her career and enjoys the diversity and challenge of new cultures and ideas. She also speaks French, which sometimes comes in handy at SWS!

Ariana
Ariana

Ariana is a third-year PhD student in the Culture and Teaching program. She holds a BA in Global Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies. She loves supporting students from all disciplines as they develop their writing identities. She is especially happy to help students with generating and organizing ideas, utilizing theory and evidence to support arguments, managing technical elements, and exploring themes of power and positionality in writing. She has an intermediate command of speaking, reading, and writing Hmong. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and drawing.

Caty
Caty T.

Caty is a fourth-year PhD student in sociology, with an MA in women’s and gender studies. Her research focuses on medicine, law, and regulation of bodies. Originally from New York, she uses her east coast brashness to help students write in a confident, succinct, and jargon-free way that lets their ideas shine. She will gladly tackle any paper, grant application, resume, or personal statement in need of (re)organization. She is happy to help writers at any stage of their writing, and especially loves those early stages of brainstorming and outlining.

Celine
Celine

Celine is a second-year undergraduate student studying Biology and Psychology and hoping to minor in English. While particularly interested in literary criticism and analysis, she is also more than happy to work on research papers, lab reports, or anything of the like. She enjoys developing ideas and strengthening theses, as well as improving syntax and grammar. She considers herself an experienced cross-disciplinary student and has experience writing for Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies courses. In her free time, Celine can be found petting dogs, riding her bike around Minneapolis, reading nonfiction and poetry, and missing her hometown of Seattle.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a senior finishing her degree in Family Social Science and as such, has more experience working with creative writing, literary analyses, and sociology/psychology papers. Over her years at SWS, however, she has worked in a wide multitude of subjects and is always happy to work in more! Elizabeth looks forward to helping students no matter what stage of the writing process they're at and hopes that the final product is something of which they can be proud. Her free time is mostly spent reading books that haven't been assigned for a class, catching up on a tv show, or attempting to cook.

Elza
Elza

Elza is an undergraduate entering her senior year as a Technical Writing major; the focus of her BS is technology and design. She particularly enjoys working on analytical papers and loves anything related to space physics.

Emma
Emma

Emma is a senior completing a BA in Linguistics and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). She considers herself a good resource for checking grammar, punctuation, and citations, but she enjoys working on transitions and big-picture ideas as well. She is comfortable working in MLA and APA formatting styles and has experience writing for courses in English, anthropology, and cultural studies. Outside of the Center for Writing, Emma spends her time working in the CLA advising office, making music, and learning new languages.

 

Eric O
Eric O.

Eric O. is a third-year undergraduate student studying Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Family Social Science. Given their field, they have the most experience with gender and ethnic studies pieces but are open to working with all types of students. Eric especially enjoys working on developing ideas and helping students integrate outside sources into their writing. They read and write in both English and Spanish and have experience working with individuals whose first language is not English. In their spare time, Eric enjoys playing video games and reading.

Eric
Eric W.

Eric W. is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Technical Writing & Communication. He likes reading papers from all disciplines, especially research papers from the social sciences. He also enjoys reading rhetorical analyses and is excited to read and learn about other topics as well. In his spare time, Eric enjoys reading, listening to music, and DJing at Radio K.

Esther
Esther
On leave Fall 2017

Esther is currently an Elementary Education major in the College of Education and Human Development. Esther enjoys the field of education for the purposes of reducing educational disparities. As an education major with interests in many fields, Esther is open to consulting in many subjects as they will enhance and broaden her scope and abilities. Additionally, Esther is a Nigerian native, but moved to Minnesota at the age of 6 and speaks 2 languages fluently (Yoruba and English), and also speaks some French.

Henry
Henry

Henry is a senior and is studying Professional Journalism through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as Business Management through the Carlson School of Management. Henry enjoys consulting on any topic, but specifically relates to and enjoys topics such as music, culture, astronomy, food, and French! A fun fact about Henry is that he has been fluent in reading, writing, and speaking French since age 5, something he enjoys both casually and professionally. Whether it is helping others with their writing or even working on his own, Henry is both a willing and eager resource for every client!

Itunu
Itunu

Itunu is a third-year undergraduate studying Biology. However, she also has a strong passion for journalism and writing, especially in the area of poetry and prose. As a young child, she was always passionate about biology. It wasn't until high school that she discovered her passion for writing and performance in poetry or prose. To Itunu, writing is a form of art. Itunu has had previous experience with helping students with writing but not on a big scale. Because of this, she is really looking forward to this position and learning as she is exposed to more areas of writing.

Jake
Jake

As a PhD student in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Jake (he/him/his) studies forest biodiversity. He has a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies and a Master's in International Forestry. He lived in Paraguay for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and so speaks Spanish and Guaraní, as well as English. He welcomes the chance to work with all clients, and has extra experience with dissertation writing and writing in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental fields. Jake's hobbies include reading fiction and poetry, spoiling his dog, experimenting with new recipes, and running.

Jasmine
Jasmine

Jasmine (she/her/hers) has a PhD in American Studies (U of M), an MA in American Civilization (Brown), and a BA in Comparative American Ethnic Studies (U Washington). She loves working with graduate writers on seminar papers and dissertations, and she also enjoys supporting writers on statements of purpose and personal statements. While she works with folks at any stage of their writing, she especially has fun brainstorming and concept-mapping ideas with writers. Jasmine grew up speaking Cantonese and English at home.



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Jennifer D.

Jennifer D. is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies. She holds an MA in Asian American Studies and BA in English and Spanish. She has experience teaching in History, Asian American Studies, American Studies, and Writing Studies here at the U of M, UCLA, and UT Austin. Jennifer enjoys working with students throughout the writing process, especially brainstorming, organizing ideas, and cover letters or scholarship applications. She is most familiar with writing in the humanities but is also interested in working with students across disciplines.

Jennifer N
Jennifer N.

Jennifer N. is passionate about creating and supporting local food systems, which she is pursuing as a PhD student in Land and Atmospheric Science. She is returning to the U of M (and SWS!) after 5 years of exploring careers in software development & testing, arts administration, and independent consulting. This diverse background means Jennifer is especially excited about helping students craft their writing based on intended audience but truly loves working with students through all steps of the writing process. In her free time, Jennifer can be found in her community garden, biking all the places, and attending *so many* theater productions.

Karla
Karla

Karla has a PhD in American Studies (U of M), an MA in Mexican-American Studies (CSULA), and a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies (UCLA). Karla has taught writing intensive courses in the fields of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies. Karla enjoys helping students formulate ideas and think of interdisciplinary sources to support research papers. Karla is fluent in English and Spanish. Karla loves to cook and write. She finds these two activities to be related because ingredients, like research sources, are strategically used to create something that is cohesive, enjoyable, and aesthetically pleasing.

Kate
Kate

Kate is a Master's student in the School of Public Health. She has a BA in Gender Studies and an English minor. She previously worked as an in-home mental health practitioner and most currently as a domestic violence legal advocate for the last three and a half years. She enjoys both non-fiction and fiction work, personal statements, resumes, as well as research and legal papers! She loves to help during any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to final drafts. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors by the water, cooking and baking, reading, learning, and playing with her cat, Lupe.

Katie
Katie L.

Katie L. has a PhD, MA, and BA in English. Her dissertation was on writing center theory and practice; her MA work was primarily in Victorian Literature; and her BA included almost-minors in Music, Art History, and Philosophy. She wishes she could take more classes, including math, with which she struggles mightily. She enjoys working with and learning from writers from across the disciplines; however, she has a particular affinity for dissertation writers, having been one for so long herself. When not at the Center, Katie enjoys reading, cooking, baking with chocolate, and watching more TV than is good for her.

Kerry
Kerry

Kerry is a Multilingual Learner Specialist at SWS. She has her MA in Teaching ESL in Higher Education from the U of M and her BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Kerry loves working with students at every stage of the writing process but especially enjoys talking about early ideas for papers and how to organize those ideas effectively. Outside of teaching, she also enjoys hiking, biking, and hanging out with her dog, Lucy.

Kim
Kim
On leave 2017–18

Kim is one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists in the Center and has happily worked as a writing instructor and writing center consultant at the University of Minnesota for over fifteen years. She has an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and enjoys working with both undergrad and grad academic writers both as a teacher and a consultant.    

Kirsten
Kirsten

Kirsten has a PhD, MA, and BA in English literature—the study of which has deepened her interest in the power of narrative, how writers establish voice and authority, and how writing works in the world. That curiosity about how writing works both inside and outside the University fuels her work with student writers across the disciplines, and she appreciates how much those students have taught her about culture and society, literature, education, politics, science, technology, and many other subjects. She especially loves working with writers who struggle to write (like she does), who are self-reflective about their learning, and who are willing to experiment and take risks in their writing.

Lauren
Lauren

Lauren is a PhD candidate in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. She has an MA through the same program and a BA in History with a minor in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She taught US History and Government for two years, prior to attending graduate school. She is happy to consult on any subject, but has particular experience with writing in the humanities and sciences. Lauren enjoys both the creative (brainstorming, forming an argument) and technical points (reviewing for grammar, clarity) of writing. In her spare time, she loves running, baking, and playing with her pup, Alfie.

Marah
Marah

Marah (like "Sarah" with an M) is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying English Literature and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Although literary and comparative analysis essays will always hold the key to her heart, Marah also enjoys helping with and reading research papers—regardless of the topic. Her favorite parts of a paper to dive into are opening paragraphs, thesis statements, and sentence/paragraph flow, but she'd be ecstatic to help out with any aspect of the writing process. In her free time, you can find Marah buying too many books, watching crime shows on Netflix, and drinking peppermint tea.

MeredithMeredith

Meredith studies insect behavior and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She has a BA from Bowdoin College in French Literature and Biology. Before moving to Minnesota, Meredith spent two years teaching English in Nantes, France, and so speaks French in addition to English. She loves to encounter subjects ranging from microbiology to art history and is happy to interact with WRIT 1301 papers, research proposals, and lab reports alike. If Meredith isn’t in the lab or collecting insects, you are most likely to spot her on the dance floor, lindy hopping the night away.

Meta
Meta

Meta (pronounced “May” like the month plus "Ta") is a third-year Spanish and English double major. Additionally, she is an English as a Second Language Teaching minor and is in the DirecTrack to Teach program with plans to become a high school ESL teacher. Although Meta is most familiar with literary essays, she loves to read and assist other students with personal essays. When she’s not studying, Meta likes to read, watch The X-Files, rock climb, and pipe dream about teaching abroad.

Naura
Naura

Naura (“Nora”) is a second-year undergraduate student currently pursuing a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major and a Statistics minor. As an Indonesian immigrant who grew up among international college students, she has experience working with individuals of various writing backgrounds. Additionally, Naura can speak marginal amounts of Indonesian and is familiar with Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. While she primarily works with research papers, Naura enjoys creative writing and loves incorporating various literary devices, tropes, and double entendres when given the chance. Outside of writing, Naura spends her time traveling with friends, playing golf, making origami, and learning new things.

Nico
Nico

Nico is a PhD student studying Hispanic Literature with a focus on Afro-Caribbean literature. His favorite parts of a paper to assist with are idea development, organization, and general flow. Although papers related to the humanities and social sciences are always insightful, Nico would be more than happy to look at any writing project. In his free time, you can find Nico cooking, catching up on TV shows, or simply hanging out with friends.

Pat
Pat

Pat is a Multilingual Learner Specialist and teaches WRIT 1301, along with consulting in both Nicholson and Appleby Hall. She has her Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language from the U of M, and a BA in English and Linguistics, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology, from the University of North Dakota. She has been teaching at the U of M for almost thirty years, and enjoys working with all types of writing and all stages of the process. She has used both APA and MLA styles. In her spare time she reads, gardens, and tries to train her new puppy, Gretta.

Pierre
Pierre

Pierre is a second-year undergraduate international student from Lebanon studying Computer Engineering. He lived in Lebanon for eighteen years and so is fluent in Arabic and French, as well as English. Pierre’s coursework in engineering and his experience in research make him a great resource for lab reports, research proposals, and research papers in STEM fields of study. Pierre is also a strong asset for students, both native and non-native English speakers, who seek help with their freshman writing papers. In his spare time, Pierre enjoys listening to rock music, playing electric guitar, and watching European soccer.

Rachael
Rachael

Rachael is a second-year undergraduate studying Psychology and Spanish. She enjoys the personal side of writing and loves to read others' work to experience their unique voice and style. Her strengths include organization and sentence structure, especially in critical analysis, persuasive essays, and research essays. However, she brings writing experience from multiple disciplines and welcomes the opportunity to work with all writers. She recently spent six weeks in Spain interning in a psychiatric hospital and has a strong understanding of the Spanish language. In her free time, Rachael likes to nap with her dog, watch NCIS reruns, read, and run.

Rachelle
Rachelle
On leave 2017–18

Rachelle is a PhD student in the American Studies Department. She holds a BA in Linguistics and an MA in English Language and Linguistics, both from Purdue University. Rachelle enjoys collaborating with students on personal statements, brainstorming new ideas, crafting thesis statements, and creating outlines. Additionally, Rachelle is happy to work with students on the technical elements of writing, such as grammar, organization, syntax, clarity, and overall coherence. Lastly, Rachelle has a background teaching English as Second/Other Language and is glad to work with English language learners.

Rose
Rose

Rose is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Studies whose research sits at the crossroads of American Indian Studies and Public History. She holds a BA in History with a minor in Spanish from the U of M. In addition to the subjects her research focuses on, Rose also has experience teaching in Global History; American Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and Writing Studies. Rose is eager to work with all types of writers, but especially enjoys working with other graduate students on their theses/dissertations from the planning stage, all the way through final editing. In her spare time, she enjoys watching basketball, running, hiking, and kayaking.

Ryan
Ryan

Ryan is a senior Marketing major who is willing to help you with anything and everything writing-related. He is a very open person and is not afraid of potentially difficult or controversial projects. He is very excited to hear about your unique ideas and to learn about your field of study. Aside from working at the Center for Writing, you would be most likely to find Ryan running, discovering new music, reading, or trying to figure out which "must-watch" shows are really worth it.

Sam
Sam

Sam is a Multilingual Learner Specialist at SWS. He has an MA in Teaching English Language and a BA in English Literature, both from the U of M. Last year he taught English in Guangzhou, China. His previous experience makes him particularly interested in working with learners whose first language is not English or on papers related to literature, but he is just as happy to work with all writers at any stage of the writing process. When he isn’t working, Sam enjoys reading, writing, traveling, watching movies, hiking, and enjoying all that the Twin Cities have to offer.


Sarah

Sarah is one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists at SWS. She holds an MA in ESL from the U of M and a BA in German and English from the University of Wisconsin. Her previous teaching and tutoring experiences make her particularly excited to work with multilingual writers, but she is happy to work with any student during any part of the writing process, from focusing and organizing ideas to discussing specific language choices. When she’s not teaching or consulting, Sarah enjoys traveling to new places. Here in Minnesota, she likes to spend time biking, camping, and browsing in thrift stores.

sen
Sen

Sen is an undergraduate student in the College of Biological Sciences. He’s a Microbiology major, with minors in Entrepreneurial Management and Architecture. As a student of professional communication in his career/education, Sen is specializing in strategies in all sorts of writing, including academic papers, resume, poster presentations, slide presentations, and business plans. Therefore, Sen aims to help his fellow students write in a professional manner without losing the students’ own voices.

Sidney
Sidney

Sidney is a senior studying Supply Chain and Management Operations. She enjoys working with students on structure and organization and especially loves collaborating in business and creative writing fields. Sidney spends her time trying new restaurants, exploring Minneapolis, and staying active.

Sourojit
Sourojit (G)

Sourojit (also goes by G) is a second year undergraduate student, studying Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing. An international student from Calcutta, India, Sourojit speaks English, Hindi, and Bengali. His favorite part of any writing is the aspect of creativity, how a banal sentence can be turned fiery-hot without the slightest change in meaning. In his free time, Sourojit is a part of Model UN or is on the field for just about every field sport imaginable.

Susan
Susan

Susan is a Multilingual Learner Specialist and often teaches WRIT 1301 in addition to consulting at SWS. Engaging with ideas, challenging students to think more deeply, and helping them discover and plan what they want to say all keep her energized. She also loves to dig into grammar and sentence structure. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Houston and a BA in English from Luther College. Although native to Minnesota, her teaching career started in Texas and later Portugal where she gained fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese, respectively. Outside of work, she dances, explores regional parks, and reads fiction, essays, and news sources.

Susan
Tamira

Tamira is a third-year undergraduate studying Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnicity, Creative Writing, and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, with a minor in Asian Languages and Literatures. She likes consulting on research papers, analytical papers, and creative works, but the process of taking any idea or argument, regardless of topic or format, into a realized paper is always a good time. Tamira spends her down time serving as Managing Editor for Ascend magazine, collecting books she won't read, window shopping, and writing comprehensive to-do lists.

Tess
Tess

Tess is a second-year undergraduate studying English and pursuing a minor in French. In her major, she mostly practices literary analysis, but she also has experience with journalism, creative nonfiction, and legal writing. While she finds that every stage of the writing process presents both challenges and rewards, she particularly likes working with students through difficult revisions, helping writers communicate more boldly, coherently, and naturally. Comfortable with the French language, she also loves to work with students in beginner French courses. The convergence of literacy and culture fascinates her, and she enjoys volunteering, reading history, and wandering the MIA.

Tim
Tim

Tim is a second-year undergraduate student in the Theatre Arts program. Although always willing to help with formal papers, Tim is strongest at developing and reworking creative projects and narratives. He most enjoys looking at overall structure and the technical details of writing. When left to his own devices, Tim is often found doing all things theatre, playing video games, contemplating his purpose in the universe, and refuting that purpose.

Zack
Zack

Zack is a PhD candidate in Critical Literacy and English Education, and his research is focused on spoken-word poets and communities. Before moving to Minnesota, he was a secondary English teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Here at the University, he has taught first-year writing, professional writing, and (for teachers) evaluating and assessing writing. Zack is comfortable working with writers from all disciplines and at all stages in their writing processes, though he especially enjoys brainstorming and developing ideas. Outside SWS, Zack enjoys spending time with his family in St. Paul, helping to organize communities, and redistributing resources from the powerful to people who really need them.