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Fall 2019 Writing Consultants

Allison Boyce

Allison is a senior majoring in English (Creative Writing) with minors in Business and Spanish.  She hopes to work in Communications or Public Relations after graduation before pursuing an MFA. She is incredibly excited to share her passion for writing with other students as a consultant this year. When she is not studying, she can be found reading other people’s fiction or writing her own, enjoying nature and eating breakfast foods.

Amori Washington

Amori Washington is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Education in English Language Learners program within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Amori earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Her academic interests include sociolinguistics, rhetoric and composition, urban education studies, and writing center pedagogy. When Amori is not reading or writing, she enjoys taking dance classes, learning new recipes, and traveling to new places with family and friends.

Angela Karas

Angela is a senior English major writing an Honors Thesis on French Existentialism and double-minoring in Communication Studies and French. She aspires to attend law school and is currently interested in cyber security law. Her hobbies include spending time with her two rescue dogs, Patootie and Snort, traveling, and attending music festivals and concerts. When she’s not working in the Writing Studio or studying for her classes and the LSAT, she can be found listening to indie rock (Arctic Monkeys is her favorite band) or watching one of her favorite tv shows, such as Mr. Robot.

Anthony Contreras

Anthony is a third-year PhD. student in the department of French and Italian who teaches Introductory French at Vanderbilt. His research interests include instances of violence in Old French literature and French Film. As he begins work on his dissertation this fall, he is looking forward to helping others with their writing as well. He is ecstatic to continue working at the Writing Studio after taking a year off.

Claire Hanson

Claire is a junior from rural Minnesota. She is very much looking forward to her first year at the writing studio! She is planning to major in neuroscience with minors in French and scientific computing. If you ever need her, you can probably find her in Central Library (floor 7 is the best). Her favorite things in life are concerts, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the vegan cupcakes at 2301, and the feeling you get when you finish a book.

Cortez Johnson

Cortez is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Houston Texas, he now majors in Neuroscience and hopes to one day practice medicine. His interests span from social justice and medical advocacy to Japanese anime. He loves to write poetry and short stories and enjoys reading fan-fiction of his favorite shows and crime-mysteries. He serves as an Editor-in-Chief of New Dawn, the President of Synapse, the Advocacy Chair for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, Secretary of Melanated A Cappella, and Events Manager of Vanderbilt Spoken Word.

Danielle Stubbe

Danielle is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Her academic work traces the dynamic social scientific concept of culture as its practitioners circulated cultural information between academic institutions and the new sociopolitical spaces forged by indigenous people in the United States, who had traditionally served as the subjects of anthropologists. This year, Danielle is back Nashville after fifteen months away doing research in Cambridge, MA, Chicago, Poughkeepsie, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.   She grew up and completed her undergraduate studies in the suburbs of Boston.

Beth Shepard

Elizabeth is a Masters of Education student in the English Language Learners department. Prior to Vanderbilt, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hendrix College where she also served as a writing associate working predominantly with English Learners. She graduated from an international high school in Dubai, and still misses the desert. Areas of interest include linguistic history, intercultural communication, the Ottoman Empire, baking, finding new ice cream places, and hiking. Elizabeth has taken classes in five countries, and plans to teach in many more.

Erika Nelson

Erika is a third year PhD student in the Graduate Department of Religion, focusing on history of religion. Specifically, Erika is interested in religion during the American Revolution and how it contributed to civil religion. She is also passionate about bringing the narratives of women and people of color into histories of the Revolution. Erika lives in East Nashville with her wife Roberta and tripod dog Tucker. She loves baking, knitting, and Irish step-dancing. Also, Erika is from Phoenix, AZ and misses the desert every day.

Hayley Murphey

Hayley is a senior in the College of Arts and Science from Jackson, Mississippi. She is pursuing a major in Medicine, Health, and Society with a concentration in Global Health as well as a minor in Child Development. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, singing, DIY projects, and spending countless hours on YouTube watching her favorite artist, dancers, and web series. Hayley looks forward to her first year in the Writing Studio.

Jan Kim

Jan is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Goyang, South Korea. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and is excited to be a part of the Writing Studio this year. In her free time, Jan plays passionate but mediocre badminton with her friends at the Rec or watches lots of random YouTube videos in her room. She can also sometimes be found in the library getting way too invested in the lives of fictional characters.

Ji Yoon Hong

Justine is a senior double-majoring in English and Law, History & Society, and minoring in Spanish. Originally from California, she attended an international high school in Korea before coming to Vandy. As a writing consultant, she enjoys sharing her passion for writing and helping others develop their skills. Outside of the Studio, Justine writes for the Hustler and is a member of the Prose Committee of the Vanderbilt Review. In her free time, she enjoys reading law review articles, going to concerts, and traveling.

Kaitlen Cassell

Kaitlen is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, with specialties in Comparative Politics and Methodology. Her dissertation focuses on what motivates some individuals to vote for populist presidential candidates in Latin America and Europe, and how elite rhetoric and context play into this decision. She employs quantitative and qualitative methods, including analysis of public opinion data, focus groups, textual analysis, and interviews. She is not yet fluent in Spanish but is actively working on it. Outside of her PhD, Kaitlen is obsessed with traveling, fostering dogs, and cultivating her ongoing love-hate relationship with running.

Kassie Dooley-Smith

Kassie is a senior majoring in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, specializing in Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Culture. A history buff and daughter of Athena, she always has a plethora of Roman trivia to share. Over the summer, she spent time in Rome exploring the locations of the mythology that has always fascinated her. When not studying Greek and Latin, she can be found de-stressing by kneading homemade bread and binge watching Xena: Warrior Princess.

Katie Mullins

Katie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. Her work currently focuses on impulses, impulsivity, and the development of character in the eighteenth-century novel. Consequently, she spends a lot of time reading about the bad behaviors of fictional people (and sometimes real people!) between 1660 and 1830. When she’s not immersed in the long eighteenth century, Katie dotes on her two gray cats, Frank and Alice Longbottom, and pursues a variety of crafty hobbies ranging from moderately successful bread-baking to four failed attempts to take up knitting.

Kelly McHale

Kelly is a senior in the College of Arts and Science from Fairfax, Virginia. She is majoring in English and Political Science and is interested in political activism and advocacy work. In her free time she loves to travel, explore restaurants in Nashville, and drink lots of iced coffee. Kelly recently studied abroad in Dublin and is excited to rejoin the Writing Studio this year.

Kelly Swope

Kelly Swope is a long-time Writing Studio consultant and a fifth-year PhD student in Philosophy. At Vanderbilt he teaches Introduction to Philosophy and General Logic and is currently at work on a dissertation on G.W.F. Hegel’s political thought. His hometown is Granville, Ohio.

Lucy Kim

Lucy Kim is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests include Victorian literature and culture, capitalism/economic history, urban studies, and political philosophy. She hails from Seoul, South Korea, and attributes to her upbringing in the sprawling metropolis her fascination with cities and passion for traveling to and exploring destinations both new and familiar. She spends (too) much of her spare time in local coffee shops. She might be addicted to coffee, ice cream, and chocolate.

Marcie Casey

Marcie is a third-year graduate student in the English Ph.D. program. She studies queer speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, and new media studies. Her research currently focuses on drawing nuances between queer theory, technoscience, and theories of embodiment. Outside of academia, she enjoys outdoor activities such as visiting the nearby lakes, travelling, and sharing time with family and her cat, Kat Chopin.

Melanie Lu

Melanie is a junior majoring in English literature and Asian studies. She lived in Toronto as a child before moving to Shanghai, China, where she attended an international school for several years. When she is not reading, she enjoys learning Japanese, listening to music, practicing mindfulness meditation, and watching videos of food and travel. She also serves on the board of Global China Connection at Vanderbilt, a student organization dedicated to initiating critical dialogue on US-China relations.”

Molly Kate Hance

Molly Kate is a sophomore majoring in Human and Organizational Development, and she hopes to pursue a Master of Divinity degree after undergrad. A born and raised Tennessean, when she’s not reading poetry or writing papers, you can find Molly Kate making biscuits, hiking in the Smoky Mountains, or making the case for country music. She is excited to explore writing’s power and purpose this year through English classes, work with a local church plant, and, most importantly, her first year in the Writing Studio!

Madelin Parsley

Maddy is an MFA candidate in fiction in the Creative Writing department and the nonfiction editor of the Nashville Review. She writes about rural femininity, missed connections, dead birds, and weather vanes. She grew up in the panhandle of Nebraska, and before making her way to Nashville she lived on both coasts, working in elementary schools, libraries, and ice cream shops. In her free time she raises foster kittens, and tries very hard to keep them from eating her houseplants.

Mariann J. VanDevere

Mariann is a sixth year doctoral candidate from New Jersey pursuing a joint doctorate in English and Comparative Media Analysis & Practice (CMAP).  Her dissertation focuses on contemporary African American stand-up comedy.  She holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Spanish and an MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction.  In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa, where she completed her third of five years of university level teaching.  For the 2017 – 18 school year she was a Mellon Digital Humanities Scholar.  For 2016 – 17 she served as a Curb Public Scholar.  Mariann mentions all of this to say that she is eager to help you with any genre of writing. When she is not busy doing school work she is watching tv or producing sketches with her group The Comedy Collective.

Mia Dillon

Mia is a junior double majoring in Public Policy and Medicine, Health and Society, with a minor in Spanish. On campus she’s involved with Partners in Health and any club that will take her hiking for free. She loves new food, the MRB3 greenhouses, and all of Nashville’s coffee shops (even if they’re a little pretentious).

Nick Tippenhauer

Nick is a PhD student in Psychology and Human Development in Peabody. His research primarily focuses on language learning and development in young children. In particular, he is interested in how children learn words. Nick grew up in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Nick attended Princeton where he studied linguistics. Outside of research, Nick enjoys playing video games, reading young adult fiction novels, and listening to Dolly  Parton.

Patrick Mills

Patrick is a junior 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.

Patrick Qian

Patrick is a senior majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. He is an international student from Shanghai, China and has studied in the U.S. for over seven years. When he is not busy running experiments on mice, he enjoys cooking, reading, and taking photos. He is hoping to pursue further education in law/public health after graduation, and is really interested in mental health policies. He is excited to meet with students from all disciplines and engage in productive and inspirational conversations.

Rachel Gould

Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and the Writing Studio’s Lead Graduate Consultant for 2018-2019. 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.

Rae Torres

Rae is a first-year graduate student in the M.Ed. in Secondary Education program within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Before attending Vanderbilt, Rae earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition at North Carolina State University. Her goal is to teach high school English and to eventually direct her own high school writing center. She lives in Nashville with her husband, her stepson, and their cat, Raisin. In her free time, Rae loves to read Brandon Sanderson fantasy novels and Spider-Man comics.

Robert Blakes

Robert is a senior from Sunnyvale, California. Besides taking neuroscience classes, he works in a cardiology lab that studies cell reprogramming after heart attacks. He loves volunteering with the children at the Susan Grey school and dancing with the BhangraDores. He spends his free time watching Netflix, reading web serials, and writing in his personal journal.

Samantha Hu

Sam is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in English Literature. 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 works with refugees in the Nashville area through Project Bridges, fundraises for Relay, and volunteers with her sorority.

Tina Qin

Tina is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia currently pursuing a double major in Economics and Law, History, and Society, with a minor in Philosophy. She has always wanted to be a lawyer and plans to attend law school following her undergraduate. Music and movies make up a big part of her free time. Her favorite artists include Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson Paak. Her favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons and her life goal is to be on the Supreme Court.

Administrative Staff

John Bradley, Director of the Writing Studio & Tutoring Services

John first came to Vanderbilt to join the Writing Studio team in 2012 and in 2018 stepped into the role of director for the Writing Studio. 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. Prior to becoming director, John also taught in the English Department as a senior lecturer, and 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.

Megan Minarich, Assistant Director

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 completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tennessee State University before joining the administrative team at the Collaborative Learning Suite in 2017. Megan is also Lecturer in Cinema & Media Arts; this fall, she is teaching CMA1002W: The Musical Film: Art, Technology, Multimedia. Megan has been consulting and teaching collegiately for over ten years. She holds Mellon Certificates in Digital Humanities and Humanities Education, and she has taught multimedia courses in composition, literature, and cinema and media arts at Vanderbilt, Tennessee State University, and Watkins College. At the Writing Studio, 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 is currently investigating best practices in helping students write effectively about visual texts, and she facilitates the Teaching Writing Workshop Series. At Tutoring Services, she studies how narrative and visual texts can bolster effective learning practices in STEM disciplines, and she is collaborating on a multi-institutional research project regarding STEM tutors’ use of metacognitive strategies in tutoring sessions. Megan’s disciplinary research centers around American modernist literature, visual culture, and early through classical Hollywood cinema. Her in-progress book-length 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. Her article on the aesthetic of the cinema of attractions in Arnold Bennett’s fiction appeared in Studies in the Novel, and her article on the 1934 film Men in White and contemporary feminism is published as part of a Modernist #MeToo cluster in Feminist Modernist Studies. Megan holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters in English from Stanford University.

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.

Miriam Erickson, Academic Support Coordinator & Tutor Support Specialist

Miriam earned her PhD in History from Vanderbilt University in 2015 where she also worked as a graduate consultant in the Writing Studio. She spent three years as a CASPAR advisor for the Arts & Science College and joins our team to help facilitate the Tutor Support Services. Miriam’s research examines the Haitian Revolution and a particular group of black militiamen and their families as they navigate the political waters among France, Spain, and Central America. She loves the historiography of rebellion, and she would be happy to help think through your historical arguments. Miriam has been advising and consulting with students for ten years, and she believes strongly that the best way to learn is to teach. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from David Lipscomb University and the American University of Paris (2002) and a Masters in Classics from St. John’s College (2007).

Simone McCarter, Academic Support Coordinator

Simone joined the Writing Studio in 2017, bringing her expertise in language, pedagogy, and critical writing. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Studies in 2012 and publishes on South Asian yoga and tantra traditions. Her research has taken her on a journey through Europe and India where she has immersed herself in intensive language study in French, Hindi, Italian, and Sanskrit, alongside her other interests. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she served as a language instructor (Hindi) at Emory University and as a critical writing instructor at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley. She also held faculty positions in Religious Studies at Temple University and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. As a member of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services team, she focuses on multimodal digital composition, collaborative learning, and support for clients for whom English is a second language. Currently, she is spearheading equity and inclusivity initiatives in tutoring and writing consultations.

Brad Daugherty, Academic Support Coordinator

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Brad earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt in 2015, after which he spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at both the Writing Studio and Vanderbilt’s Center for Digital Humanities. Most recently he was an advisor in the College of Arts and Science and a lecturer in Religious Studies, where he taught in the College’s first year writing program. His research focuses on the practice of Christianity in Roman North Africa, and he is especially interested in the regional and cultural particularities of religious practice. His current writing project is an analysis of the theory and practice of religious leadership as a factor in the division of late antique North African Christianity. At the Writing Studio, Brad coordinates our in-class workshops, satellite locations, and online consultation services, and is invested in working to see that writers of all backgrounds have a place to talk about their writing, refine their own writing practice, grow as writers, students, and scholars.

Sarah Carter, Administrative Assistant II