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Consultant bios

Alex Alex

Alex is an upper-division Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. His coursework makes him a great collaborator and resource for lab reports, as well as analysis essays in CSCL or related fields, and he's always up for the challenges of difficult theory and technical concepts. Alex is also happy to assist in other subjects, particularly with students concerned about their clarity and connections between ideas. 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.

Alice
Alice

Alice is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Linguistics with minors in Russian and 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. 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 3 months travelling Norway working on organic farms with other travelers from all walks of life and countries.

Alysha
Alysha

Alysha is a third-year law student. This is her sixth year at the Center for Writing; previously, she worked as a consultant while earning bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English. Alysha enjoys collaborating with writers of all disciplines, but she particularly likes working with personal statements and resumes. Alysha is also an instructor of the law school’s first-year legal writing course and the editor-in-chief of a legal journal. In her free time, she likes traveling, running, yoga, and puns.

Amy
Amy

Amy is a third-year undergraduate studying English Literature, Psychology, and Outdoor Education. Although she is more than happy to help with any subject on any topic, 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. Additionally, she can understand a moderate amount of Spanish. During both her free and occupied time you can find her climbing, reading, or talking to her friends.

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Andrew

Andrew is an undergraduate student studying Applied Economics with minors in Management and Technical Writing & Communication. He enjoys collaborating with people of just about every discipline and background, and relishes being able to work with them to develop their ideas into writing that they are confident in. Andrew has held jobs and taken classes in three colleges on all three campuses at the University, where legend has it he can still be seen.

Anne
Anne

Anne is a Multilingual Learner Specialist at the Center and teaches non-native-speaker (NNS) sections of First-year Writing. She has a BA in English and French, an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, and an EdD in Educational Policy and Administration. 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 looks forward to helping students with any and all language, structure, content, and style questions they may have as they create and revise their writing.

Annie
Annie

Annie is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in English Literature and French. While happy to work with students in all areas of writing, she has the most experience in personal statements, rhetorical or argumentative analysis, literary essays, and multilingual work. She also enjoys working on the entire paper-writing process, from brainstorming to idea-flow to writing a polished conclusion. She speaks, writes, and understands both English and French and loves working with students on language. When not in class or work, Annie likes traveling, satirical novels, coffee, and 50’s jazz.


Caty
Caty T.

Caty T. is a third-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 especially loves organization, and will gladly tackle any paper, resume, grant proposal, or outline in need of structure. Outside of school, Caty enjoys gardening, Pilates classes, and eating cheese-based dips.

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Elizabeth B

Elizabeth B. is a senior pursuing a BS in environmental science. A longtime bibliophile, she greatly enjoys reading essays on a range of subjects, from application essays and research papers to history and literary analysis. As a student who participated in the Research Apprenticeship Program she also looks forward to learning about and assisting her peers with their own projects and scientific essays. When she isn’t haunting the Writing Center or the library, Elizabeth can be found lightsaber fencing, tackling a Rubik’s Cube, or showing people pictures of her adorable dog. 

Elza
Elza

Elza is an undergraduate entering her junior year as a Technical Writing major; the focus of her B.S. is technology and design. She particularly enjoys working on analytical papers across all liberal arts subjects, lab reports, and creative writing pieces of any kind. Though English is her first love, Elza harbors passion for biology and astrophysics. She has a knack for developmental editing and is most helpful when working on ideation, analysis, syntax, and structure.

Emma
Emma

Emma is a junior pursuing her B.A. in English with additional studies in linguistics, teaching English as a second language, and Nordic languages. She considers herself a good resource for checking grammar, punctuation, and citations, but she enjoys working on big-picture ideas, too. Her favorite pieces to work on are literature reviews, argumentative essays, and cover letters. She is willing to tackle anything—but admittedly, lab reports scare her a little bit. Emma is comfortable working in MLA, APA, and Chicago formatting styles. Outside of the Center for Writing, she is an avid language learner and cat enthusiast.

 

Eric
Eric

Eric is a third-year undergraduate student studying English and Technical Writing & Communication. He likes reading papers from all disciplines, especially social sciences, humanities, and creative writing. His favorite papers to read are writing studies essays, creative nonfiction pieces, and poems, but he is excited to read and learn about other topics as well. In his spare time, Eric enjoys reading, listening to music, DJing at Radio K, and hanging out with friends.

Esther
Esther

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.

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Grant

Grant is a third-year undergraduate studying Environmental Science. Grant is happy to work with students on any kind of assignment, but particularly likes research papers, resumés, and personal statements. Outside of work you will often find Grant playing violin, piano, or organ. In addition to music, he enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and hoping the Vikings will someday give him a Super Bowl championship.

Henry
Henry

Henry is a junior and is studying Professional Journalism through the SJMC, 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, French, and food! 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!

Isaac
Isaac

Isaac is a graduate student in Second Language Education. While his BA is in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies, his experiences studying abroad opened his eyes to the world of languages and linguistics. Isaac is really interested in the ways that language and culture intersect to create meaning, and has spent several years studying Spanish, Icelandic, and Korean. He enjoys working with writers of all backgrounds, especially international students. In the past year, he has also become interested in the rhetorical strategies of scientific writing, and hopes to work with writers in both the sciences and the humanities.

Jake
Jake

As a PhD student in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Jake 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 student writers of all stripes, though he's most experienced working with student writers in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental fields. Jake's hobbies include reading fiction and poetry, spoiling his dog with affection, experimenting with new recipes, and running.

Jasmine
Jasmine

Jasmine 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, UCLA, and UT Austin. Jennifer enjoys working with students throughout the writing process, especially brainstorming and organizing ideas. She is most familiar with writing in the humanities but is also interested in working with students across disciplines. 

Jennifer
Jennifer K.

Jennifer K. is a PhD candidate in English, with a BA in English Language and Literature from Seoul National University, where she worked as a writing tutor for a year, and an MA in English from the University of Minnesota. She has taught first-year writing as well as courses on modern fiction, and writes about literary modernism from the perspectives of global peripheries. Though Jennifer enjoys discussing writing at all stages, helping students begin and generate ideas is her favorite. Jennifer also likes working with multilingual writers as she is familiar with their challenges and potentials.


Jo

Jo is a junior studying Linguistics and minoring in Teaching ESL, Computer Science, and Russian. She enjoys helping students with any writings, but her favorites are research papers in the Humanities. Jo also loves learning foreign languages, and has studied Spanish, Russian, and Latin. She has experience in helping teach English language learners at the Brian Coyle Center.

 

julie
Julie

Julie is a graduate student pursuing her MEd as well as her license to teach English Language Arts to grades 5-12. She has a BA in English and Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is ecstatic to continue working at SWS! Julie enjoys working on writing at all stages of the writing process, and has experience working with non-native English writers, first-year writing, and research papers (although she LOVES working on narrative and creative writing when given the chance!). When not busy being a full-time student, Julie spends her time renovating her 19th-century house.

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.

Kim
Kim

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 hrrr 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 hrrr work with student writers across the disciplines, and she appreciates how much those students have taught hrrr 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.

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Lucas

Lucas is a fourth-year undergraduate studying English and Global Studies. Though most experienced in writing literary analysis pieces and critical essays in the social sciences, he has experience in various disciplines/topics (including resumes and personal statements). Happy to work with writers from any language background, Lucas does speak/write/read Spanish (functional not fluent). As someone who loves to write, yet is very familiar with the fear and frustration of writing, he is happy to work with anyone at any point in their process. Outside of words, Lucas enjoys kicking soccer balls, playing music, petting dogs, canoeing, and being a Gopher fan.

Marah
Marah

Marah (like "Sarah" with an M) is a third-year undergraduate studying English Literature. 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.

Mario
Mario
on leave 2016–2017

Mario is a PhD student in the department of American Studies. He has a BA in History with a minor in Political Science from Whittier College. He is happy to work with students in History, English, Chicano Studies, GWSS, and all other fields in the humanities and social sciences. Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish, he enjoys working with students in either language. Mario can help with brainstorming, organization, grammar, proofreading, clarity and especially writing thesis statements. Mario has written an academic article as well as journalistic pieces addressing issues of foreign policy, immigration, gender, sexuality, race, capital and popular culture. 

MeredithMeredith

Meredith 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, she spent two years teaching English to literature students and engineers in Nantes, France. She loves to encounter subjects ranging from art history to marine biology and is happy to interact with proposals, research papers 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.

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Nikita

Nikita is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Psychology and Biology. Though she would be delighted to collaborate on any paper, Nikita particularly enjoys creative writing pieces and research papers. She also likes tackling beginnings and endings of papers, creating outlines, and descriptive writing. Additionally, her past course experience has prepared her to be a resource for technical lab reports in subjects such as the introductory physical, biological, and social sciences. Aside from writing, Nikita loves camping, attending art fairs, and drinking tea.

Pat E
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 over twenty 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 studies Tui Na (Chinese acupressure). See her if you have a headache.

Rachelle
Rachelle

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 is in American Indian Studies and Public History. She holds a BA in History with a minor in Spanish from the University of Minnesota. In addition to the subjects her research focuses on, Rose also has experience teaching in Global History, American Studies, and Writing Studies. Rose especially likes working with other graduate students on their theses/dissertations and loves helping graduate writers from the planning stage, all the way through final editing. Additionally, she especially likes to focus on organization within a paper. In her spare time, she enjoys watching basketball, running, hiking, and kayaking.

Ryan
Ryan

Ryan is a third-year undergraduate studying Marketing and minoring in English. He will gladly consult on any and all writing topics, and is especially fond of research papers and all writing that deals with politically charged topics. 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 writing, you would be most likely to find Ryan running, discovering new music, reading, or making fun of the scripted banter on Cutthroat Kitchen.

Sarah
Sarah

Sarah is one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists at SWS. She holds an MA in ESL from the University of Minnesota and a BA in German and English from the University of Wisconsin. Although her previous experiences teaching and tutoring ESL writers make her particularly excited to work with multilingual students, 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 enjoys biking, camping, and checking out new thrift stores.

Shannon Shannon

Shannon is a doctoral candidate in the department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Critical Literacy Track. (This year she is focused on writing her dissertation!) She enjoys working with diverse skill sets, learning styles, and language backgrounds. Her research interests include the intersections of critical race, gender, sexuality, feminist, disability, and queer theory in literacy pedagogy. While Shannon is most comfortable working with writing in the fields of education, literary analysis, creative writing, feminist studies, and the humanities, she always enjoys reading across disciplines and learning about different subjects as a part of the consulting process.

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Susan

Susan is one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists and teaches WRIT 1301 in addition to consulting. 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 includes years spent in Houston, Texas, and Lisbon, Portugal, where she gained fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese, respectively. Outside of work, she enjoys science fiction/fantasy and mysteries, walking around the lakes, world music, dance, and yoga.

Zack
Zack

Zack is currently a PhD student in Literacy Education and is interested in how universities may help or hinder those students considered “underprepared” for academic life. He has BAs in English and political science, and MAs in Humanities and Education. Before moving to Minnesota, he taught English language arts in the New York City public school system. Here at the University he has taught a number of first-year writing courses, as well as a class on professional writing (resumes, cover letters, email, etc.). Zack is comfortable working with MLA, APA, and Chicago formats and is always interested in creative and interdisciplinary approaches to writing.