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Summer Session 2018 Graduate Consultants:

 

Aileen Teague
(consultations available June 11 – July 11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Oxner
Alex is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English. She specializes in twentieth-century literature with an emphasis on women’s writing and feminist theory. In particular, she is interested in the intersections between gender and genre fiction. At the moment, she is studying ghost stories and detective fiction as narratives that allowed women writers to explore new forms of authorial agency. When she is not working on literature-related projects, Alex likes to drink too much coffee, go on hikes, and binge-watch supernatural television series such as
The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.

 

Lauren Mitchell
Lauren Mitchell is an author, and a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the English department.  Her dissertation considers how the aesthetics of 19th century medical education (museums and atlases) are taken up by performance artists.  Before coming to Vanderbilt, she got an M.S. in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, and worked at a New York City public hospital, providing patient care and teaching literature to medical students.  She loves: listening to stories, adorable animals (broadly specified), aimless long walks, and helping students be their best selves.  She is also an Aquarius.  This is important.

 

Summer Session Academic Support Coordinators

Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator
Beth earned her PhD in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2017. During the final year of her doctoral program, she served as the College of Arts and Science Graduate Fellow at the Writing Studio and developed a passion for writing pedagogy. She is particularly interested in helping science and social science writers craft compelling narratives and harnessing her social science background to contribute to research on writing assessment. Her other research interests include political psychology and intergroup relations.

 

Megan Minarich, Academic Support Coordinator
Megan earned her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 2014. During her doctoral studies, she was a graduate consultant and Arts and Science Graduate Fellow at the Writing Studio. She recently completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tennessee State University before returning to Vanderbilt to join the administrative team at the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services. Megan’s research interests center around American modernist literature, visual culture, and early through classical Hollywood cinema. Her current manuscript focuses on representations of women’s reproductive choice in Hollywood cinema between 1915 and 1968: she examines how film’s visual rhetoric shapes and is shaped by narrative theory as well as legal, scientific, and feminist discourses. Megan has been consulting and teaching collegiately for over ten years; she is invested in exploring effective writing pedagogy as a means of both developing student ability as well as supporting graduate and faculty writing and research. She holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2005) and a Masters in English from Stanford University (2006).

 

Simone McCarter, Academic Support Coordinator
Simone received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Studies with a concentration in religion and philosophy. Her research interests include yoga and tantra traditions, especially the Śaiva traditions of medieval Kashmir, multimodal digital composition, collaborative learning, and ESL in tutoring and writing consultations. Simone previously served as a writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught courses at Emory University, Temple University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

 

Consultants Returning Fall 2018

Audrey Glover
Audrey is a junior majoring in Economics and hoping to find a career in data science. After growing up and attending international school in Hong Kong, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas two years before starting at Vanderbilt. When she is not studying, she enjoys singing, listening to music, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops. If you have any music or restaurant suggestions (especially Asian ones), definitely let her know!

 

 

Bonnie Pang
Bonnie is a junior College of Arts and Science student from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She is majoring in English, specializing in Literary Studies, and Russian while also minoring in Asian Studies. She is looking forward to starting her first year in the Writing Studio as she herself begins to grapple with writing to apply to graduate school. Before then, she is keen on studying abroad for the singular experience and opportunity to practice the languages she has chosen to study. In her free time she enjoys drawing, listening to select songs on loop, and becoming too invested in video games.

 

Edward Jun 
Edward is a junior studying economics and corporate strategy in the College of Arts and Sciences. Apart from consulting clients at the Writing Studio, his extracurricular activities include serving on the board of the Asian American Student Association and being a member of the Vanderbilt Investment Club. In his free time, Edward enjoys reading, playing basketball at the Rec, and watching his hometown Chicago Cubs develop into perennial contenders.

 

 

Lucy Kim
Lucy Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English specializing in novels of the long eighteenth century. Her research interests include: theory and history of the novel, capitalism and commodity culture, critical theory, and women’s writing. She has a passion for traveling and exploring new cities, which has led to a weird fascination with supermarkets in general and, right now, Kroger’s in particular. She also spends much of her spare time in local coffee shops.

 

Patrick Mills
Patrick is a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama pursuing a double major in Clarinet Performance and Political Science. Outside of class, he is mostly shut in a music practice room playing clarinet or secretly watching the X-Files. In his free time, Patrick enjoys bowling, playing ping pong, and sitting on park benches while annotating the Declaration of Independence. If you ever need to locate him, just say a nerdy science pun and find the source of the hysterical laughing.

 

 

Rachel Gould
Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests include literature from the eighteenth century, particularly texts that explore the relationship between the Ottoman and British empires. She fell in love with writing in college and now loves to share her excitement with others and helping them to develop their own voices. When she’s not reading or writing, Rachel will be sitting in front of a canvas painting or outside hiking through whatever state park is closest.

 

Samantha Hu
Sam is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a double major in English Literature and Economics. She hails from Denver, Colorado, making her an enthusiastic hiker and runner. She is passionate about aesthetic brunches, triple death chocolate ice cream, and hummus. While not actively searching for food, she devours current events on international affairs, works with refugees in the Nashville area, and volunteers with her sorority.

 

 

Administrative Staff

John Bradley, Interim Director
john.bradley@vanderbilt.edu
A member of the Writing Studio team since 2012, John earned his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was introduced to writing center pedagogy. As a writing center professional, he is dedicated to the transformational role one-on-one interactions can play for students as they learn to write and has conducted research into the learning experience of undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants, as well. In addition to being Interim Director of the Writing Studio, he is a senior lecturer in the English Department. In that capacity his  teaching and research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary American poetries, with a particular interest in ecopoetry and ecopoetics alongside other movements that push the boundaries of what we expect from poetry.

 

Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator
Beth earned her PhD in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2017. During the final year of her doctoral program, she served as the College of Arts and Science Graduate Fellow at the Writing Studio and developed a passion for writing pedagogy. She is particularly interested in helping science and social science writers craft compelling narratives and harnessing her social science background to contribute to research on writing assessment. Her other research interests include political psychology and intergroup relations.

 

Megan Minarich, Academic Support Coordinator
Megan earned her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 2014. During her doctoral studies, she was a graduate consultant and Arts and Science Graduate Fellow at the Writing Studio. She recently completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tennessee State University before returning to Vanderbilt to join the administrative team at the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services. Megan’s research interests center around American modernist literature, visual culture, and early through classical Hollywood cinema. Her current manuscript focuses on representations of women’s reproductive choice in Hollywood cinema between 1915 and 1968: she examines how film’s visual rhetoric shapes and is shaped by narrative theory as well as legal, scientific, and feminist discourses. Megan has been consulting and teaching collegiately for over ten years; she is invested in exploring effective writing pedagogy as a means of both developing student ability as well as supporting graduate and faculty writing and research. She holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2005) and a Masters in English from Stanford University (2006).

 

Simone McCarter, Academic Support Coordinator
Simone received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Studies with a concentration in religion and philosophy. Her research interests include yoga and tantra traditions, especially the Śaiva traditions of medieval Kashmir, multimodal digital composition, collaborative learning, and ESL in tutoring and writing consultations. Simone previously served as a writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught courses at Emory University, Temple University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

 

Sarah Friddle, Administrative Assistant
sarah.friddle@vanderbilt.edu