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Meet the Writing Studio Staff

Spring 2021 Writing Consultants

Abi Harrelson

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.

Undergraduate writing consultant Cameron Sheehy pictured wearing a light blue polo shirt, white fence and tree foliage in the backgroundCameron Sheehy

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.

Picture of Chloe Hall wearing glasses and a blue sweater with the blue sky in the background.

Chloe Hall

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.

David Cohen

David is a senior in Peabody College from Plainview, New York. He is majoring in Cognitive Studies and pursuing a minor in Classical Music Performance for Double Bass but loves to take classes on everything. On campus, you can find him studying alcohol addiction in the Siciliano Lab, writing news stories for the Hustler, and performing with the Vanderbilt University Orchestra. He enjoys running around Centennial Park and vibing to 90s R&B tracks.

Eghosa Eguakun

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.

Farrah Hasan

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

Grace Chen

Grace is a junior from Thousand Oaks, California. She is majoring in English and minoring in chemistry. On campus, she is involved in PERIOD Vandy, Alzheimer’s Buddies, and research at VUMC. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. In her free time, Grace loves to compete on her swim team, watch Buzzfeed Unsolved, and take road trips with her friends.

Ian Stripling Jenson

Ian is a junior from Austin, Texas, and is triple-majoring in Violin Performance, Political Science, and Law, History, & Society with a minor in Philosophy. At Vanderbilt, Ian serves in the Student Government Senate representing the Blair School of Music and is a Senior Editor for the Vanderbilt Political Review. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography, hiking, and going on road trips with his friends.

Isabelle Krieger

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 Kim

Jan is from Goyang, South Korea. She is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, 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.

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry. Her work has been published in The American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, and The New Yorker, among other journals. She earned her B.A. in English from Western Washington University, where she worked as a Writing Consultant for three years at The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio.

Kassie Dooley-Smith

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 Turk

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 one day to knit her entire wardrobe (although this dream is significantly challenged by the impracticality of knitted pants).

Kate Louthain

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.

Graduate Writing Consultant Kelsey Rall is pictured standing outside wearing glasses, a black and white scarf, and blue jacket with foliage in background.Kelsey Rall

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.

Kiyoko Reidy

Kiyoko Reidy is a third year MFA Candidate in poetry from Knoxville, Tennessee. Her poetry and nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, the Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week, Berkeley Poetry Review, and elsewhere. In her spare time, she is basically a very spry, outdoorsy grandma: she loves to bake new things, knit, play ultimate frisbee, tend to her growing porch-garden, and romp around outside with her dogs.

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Madhumita Chatterjee

Madhumita (she/her/hers) is a second-year graduate student in the Jewish Studies Program. Her current research focuses on the socio-economic history of itinerant Jews in the medieval Indian Ocean trading network. She holds two master’s degrees on ancient and early medieval India, although she has her reservations about compartmentalization of history. When not grappling with Arabic and Judeo-Arabic manuscripts, she loves to cook Bengali food. After a significant interlude, she is back to learning sarod, her favourite classical instrument which has travelled with her all the way from Kolkata.

Makala Desargent

Makala is a sophomore from Charleston, SC. She is majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology with a minor in Spanish. On campus, she is also a part of VSG and is the secretary for the BSA. In her free time, she likes to read and learn new cooking skills.

 

Nashely Alvarez

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

Olivia Brown

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!

Paige Oliver

Paige is a third-year PhD student in the English Department studying eighteenth-century literature (or, that period between Shakespeare and Austen that most everyone forgot). She is particularly interested in novels written in and around the 1790s that deal with radical politics, divergent models of education, and developmental temporalities. Paige grew up outside of Houston, Texas, and completed her B.A. at The University of Texas with a major in English and emphases in Classics and History. She was also a high school English teacher before beginning at Vanderbilt. When not reading a mountain of books, Paige used to enjoyed traveling the pre-pandemic world and now spends that time staring at her plants, commenting on how quickly they grow, and cooking new types of food.

Undergraduate writing consultant Paul Tran is pictured wearing a maroon sweater with pine trees in the background.Paul Tran

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!

Sam Abaev

Sam is a graduate student in Secondary Education.  Originally from Queens, NY, Sam received his BA in English literature from Binghamton University. He enjoys playing tennis, reading coming-of-age novels and cooking.

Samantha Turley

Sam is a third year PhD student in the Anthropology Department. Her research is on architecture and skilled labor transitions during the early Colonial period in Peru. Before pivoting to archaeology, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Her perfect day would include hiking in the mountains, eating a meal cooked by her family, and reading a book unrelated to her dissertation.

Tanya Iyer

Tanya is a junior from Naperville, IL. She’s majoring in economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. When not reading think pieces on Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Tanya enjoys playing the piano and searching for way-too-big-to-wear earrings.

 

Wesley Boyko

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.

Yongfang Zhou

Yong is a junior pursuing a major in philosophy and a minor in cinema and media arts. She plans to attend law school in the future. She grew up in China and now lives in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys watching Werner Herzog films and reading ancient Chinese poetry.

Zhi-Ying Chua

Zhi-Ying is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Economics. She loves spending time outdoors; talking, reading, and writing poetry; and listening to Lorde’s discography on repeat.


Administrative Staff

John Bradley, Director of the Writing Studio & Tutoring Services

john.bradley@vanderbilt.edu


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.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu


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.



Sarah Carter, Administrative Assistant II

Sarah earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of the South in 2018. She is a veteran English teacher and nonfiction writer focusing on the American South.

sarah.r.carter@vanderbilt.edu