Meet the Writing Studio Staff
Spring 2021 Writing Consultants
Abi (she, her, hers) is a junior double majoring in CSET and English with a concentration in creative writing. She is especially interested in reading and writing about poetry. She loves drinking Diet Coke, quoting obscure lines of literature, staring at trees, and listening to Amy Winehouse whilst thinking about how tragic it is that such a genius died so young. On good days, she also enjoys working out.
Becca is a third year fiction candidate in the MFA program. She spends most of her free time writing, reading, binging crime dramas, and playing with her rambunctious German Shepherd, Django.
Cameron is a junior from Marlborough, Massachusetts, majoring in Educational Studies and Second Language Studies and minoring in Japanese Language and Culture. Outside of the Writing Studio, he is president of the Japanese Cultural Foundation and a member of the Japanese Hall in McTyeire International House. He enjoys reading, watching anime and YouTube videos, learning foreign languages, and hanging out with cats. Language fluencies: Japanese, Spanish
Chloe is a sophomore majoring in Public Policy. On campus, she is a part of the ROCCA Lab and a contributor for the Vanderbilt Political Review. In her free time, she also enjoys being a penpal and trying her hardest to not become a film snob.
Claire is a senior from rural Minnesota. She is very much looking forward to another great year at the Writing Studio! She is majoring in neuroscience with minors in French and scientific computing. After graduation and a gap year doing computational neuroscience research, she plans to attend medical school. Her favorite things in life are concerts (rip Bonnaroo 2020), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, blasting music into her ears on the walk to class, and the feeling you get when you finish a book.
Cyrus is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Sociology, Arabic, and Computer Science. When he is not wasting his time being far too emotionally invested in professional football, Cyrus loves to travel, hike, and play games of all kinds. He is also an aspiring cook who wishes he could find a vegetable that tastes as good as an onion that didn’t make him cry.
Eghosa is a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, double majoring in Economics and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is involved in the Vanderbilt Student Government as a member of the Campus Life Committee. Outside of academics, she enjoys reading, binge watching Netflix shows (currently the Rain) and locating the best spots on campus. Eghosa can commonly be found discussing her ability to survive in different dystopian societies with her friends.
Erika (she/her/hers) is a fifth year PhD candidate 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 Rob and tripod dog Tucker. She loves baking, knitting, and Irish step-dancing. Also, Erika is from Phoenix, AZ and misses the desert every day.
Farrah is a junior from Hollywood, Florida. She’s pursuing a major in Chemistry and a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading The New Yorker and binging TV shows on Netflix. Farrah is excited to join the Writing Studio this year! Language fluencies: Bengali, Urdu
Julianne (Gigi) Adams is a third-year PhD student in English. She works in the long eighteenth century, with a specific focus on amatory fiction and crime narratives. Other research interests include celebrity culture, postfeminism, and digital intimacies. Her life mainly revolves around her dog.
Isabelle is a junior from Washington, DC majoring in French with a minor in clarinet performance. One of her favorite memories was being described by a professor as “surprisingly competent.” She lays in the grass reminiscing about legendary French criminals, enjoys playing Settlers of Catan to avoid the crushing weight of her responsibilities, and drowns her sorrows in 85% dark chocolate. She also gets trash talked for liking the Twilight Saga more than Harry Potter. Unfortunately, she stands by her opinion. Language fluencies: French, Russian
Jan is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Goyang, South Korea. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. In her free time, she likes to watch cooking shows, bad movies, and Property Brothers with her friends. Jan is also a member of Vanderbilt’s International Student Council and is excited to return to the Writing Studio for another year. Language fluency: Korean
Kaitlen is a seventh-year PhD in Political Science. She specializes in Comparative Politics and Methodology. She is currently working on revisions to her recently defended-dissertation with the hopes of publishing two chapters. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between elite communication and online engagement on social media. She employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research. Outside of her PhD, Kaitlen is obsessed with her two dogs, traveling, trying to keep house plants alive, participating in Goodreads reading challenges, and cultivating her ongoing love-hate relationship with running. She has been a Consultant at the Writing Studio since 2018.
Kassie is a graduate student in the Secondary Education at Peabody. Kassie is a history buff and daughter of Athena, she always has a plethora of Roman trivia to share. When not studying Greek and Latin, she can be found de-stressing by kneading homemade bread and binge watching Xena: Warrior Princess.
Kat is a third-year PhD student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. She uses computer models to study the fossil record of Earth’s earliest animals from 540 million years ago (give or take). She holds a B.S. in Geology from William & Mary and has worked at natural history museums in Boston, New York City, Virginia, and Texas. She hails from the outer reaches of the Washington, D.C. suburbs, and hopes to one day knit her entire wardrobe, although this dream is significantly challenged by the impracticality of knitted pants.
Kate is a junior from Centerville, Ohio. She is double majoring in English and Sociology with a History minor. When she’s not reading slightly obscure Russian literature (or talking excitedly about it), Kate can be found making a cup of tea or desperately trying to keep her many plants alive.
Kat (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department. Her political theory dissertation examines empire, race, and architecture in West African forts. Her methodological approach includes historical analysis, ethnography, and grounded normative theory. Kat holds a BA in Political Science and Africana Studies from Lehigh University. Outside of her work, Kat enjoys reading novels about the roughness of life, swimming in all bodies of water, fostering and chatting with animals, being around art, walking without destination, and being with friends and family. Kat grew up in Queens, New York.
Kelsey is a second-year PhD student in the English department. Her research focuses on spinsters and other queer characters in nineteenth-century literature. She is particularly interested in queer temporality and characters who exist on the threshold of gender and time. Kelsey grew up just outside of Philadelphia, and she majored in English at Bryn Mawr College. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she spent two years in Ireland studying Anglo-Irish literature and getting rained on. Outside of academics, Kelsey spends a remarkable amount of time watching television and buying plants.
Melanie is a senior majoring in English literature and Asian Studies. She lived in Toronto before moving to Shanghai, China, where she attended an international school for several years. When she is not reading, she likes learning Japanese, listening to rock music, and watching videos of food and travel. This year, she has started to enjoy baking and home workouts and is excited to begin her senior thesis, which focuses on Techno-Orientalism and feminist cyborg theory. Language fluency: Mandarin
Hi! I’m Mia Dillon, and I’m a senior double majoring in Public Policy and Medicine, Health and Society. I’m passionate about the environment. My field of focus is Environmental Health, and I spend as much time outdoors as my friends and family will let me get away with.
Nashely (Nuh-shelly) is a sophomore from Long Island, NY, majoring in Economics with minors in Business and Mathematics. She speaks Spanish fluently and is currently studying French and Italian. Aside from her passion for foreign languages, Nashely is a self-professed avocado enthusiast with a penchant for reading, listening to podcasts, and de-stressing on long runs. She plans to attend law school following her undergraduate. Language fluency: Spanish
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.
Olivia is a sophomore from Athens, Georgia. She intends to major in Psychology and Mathematics. On campus, she is involved in the college scholars program and Code Ignite. After she graduates, she plans to attend law school. In her free time, she likes to run, watch Gilmore Girls, and play with her dogs. She’s so excited to be a part of the Writing Studio this year!
Owain is a graduate student in Secondary Education. He earned his B.A. in English from Oberlin College. After graduating, he worked as an interpretive park ranger for the National Park Service. His academic interests include: American literature, Transcendentalism, and nature writing. He enjoys hiking, swimming, and listening to bluegrass music.
Paul is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Paul is a huge Rockets fan and has a great appreciation for Texas. On campus, Paul co-directs the Come to Me campaign, a mental health awareness movement seeking to promote conversations about mental health and create an inclusive environment at Vanderbilt. When he’s not busy with schoolwork, he loves playing soccer, dominating his friends in Super Smash Bros, and listening to musicals!
Shatavia is a 5th year doctoral candidate in the Graduate Department of Religion. After earning her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Claflin University, Shatavia earned a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Black Religion in the African Diaspora from Yale Divinity School. Shatavia’s academic interests include: popular culture, phenomenology, aesthetics, social ethics, and black feminist and womanist thought. Shatavia enjoys listening to podcasts, watching action and comedy movies, and binge watching new television shows.
Spencer is a senior in the College of Arts and Science from Waukesha, Wisconsin. He majors in Economics and Philosophy and is pursuing a career in socially conscious business. You can catch him watching Martin Scorsese films, listening to Kendrick Lamar, and eating lasagna in his free time.
Tina is a senior 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.
Wesley is a third-year PhD student in the English Department. He studies Early Modern literature, with a focus on Classical reception and influence. Originally from California, Wesley received his BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Outside of academia though, he can be found playing music or practicing his Latin and Greek.
My name is Willnide and I am a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate in English. More broadly, my research focuses on 16th & 17th century lyric poetry and drama.
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 (she/her/hers) 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 Writing Studio and Tutoring Services’ administrative team in 2017. Megan also serves as Lecturer in English, as Affiliated Faculty in Cinema & Media Arts, and as a Faculty VUceptor for the Vanderbilt Visions program. During the Spring 2021 semester, she is teaching ENGL 1100 with a focus on media and advertising (dis)engagements. 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 metacognition and how narrative and visual texts can bolster effective learning practices in STEM disciplines; she is collaborating on research projects regarding STEM tutors’ use of metacognitive strategies in tutoring sessions as well as developing STEM identity in clients. Megan’s disciplinary research centers around feminism, narrative theory, American modernist literature and 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 research is published in Studies the Novel and Feminist Modernist Studies (as part of the Modernist #MeToo and the Working Woman cluster); most recently, her article on the censorship history of the 1945 film Leave Her to Heaven appears in the Embodiment II: Habitation special issue of Feminist Media Histories, guest edited by Shelleen Greene and Ellen C. Scott. 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 conducts research on South Asian philosophical 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 collaborative learning, empathetic and intercultural communication, 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
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.