Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program
Fields: English Literature and Academic Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Secondary school and college writing pedagogy, Institutional histories of literary studies, academic activism, and 60s culture
Tom Jehn is the Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program, where he has taught and administered for the past 21 years. He has served on the Standing Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, the Committee on Academic Integrity, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Writing and Speaking. He has directed the Harvard Writing Project, a professional development and publications program for faculty members and graduate student instructors across the disciplines at the University. He designed and oversaw Harvard’s first community outreach writing and speaking program at the Harvard Allston Education Portal, where he now serves as a member of its Advisory Board. He has also directed the writing center for Harvard’s Extension School. He has been a contributing author for a series of best-selling composition textbooks published by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. As the program officer and board member for the Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athenaeum, an arts and education charity, he designed and led financing for university-partnered writing centers at eight Boston city high schools serving more than 3,000 students. He has taught numerous professional development courses on writing pedagogy for secondary school and college instructors across the country and has collaborated with the National Writing Project. He also advises university writing programs and conducts communications training for companies and non-profits. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.
Associate Director of the Harvard College Writing Program
Fields: Creative Writing and Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Fiction
Karen Heath received her M.F.A. in fiction from Indiana University. She is a Senior Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program and the course head for Expository Writing 10. She also teaches fiction writing at the Harvard Extension School.
Director, Harvard Writing Project
Fields: Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Research and Writing Interests: Pragmatics, linguistics, Latin America, Colombia, political economy, race
James Herron has taught at Harvard since 2004 and is director of the Harvard Writing Project. He has a Ph.D. in cultural and linguistic anthropology from the University of Michigan. At Harvard he has taught courses on Latin American history and culture, the anthropology of race, social class, capitalism, "the culture of the market," ethnographic and qualitative research methods, and anthropological linguistics. Herron has held research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.
Director, Harvard Writing Center
Field: Creative Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Fiction, cultural criticism
Jane Rosenzweig holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.Litt. from Oxford, and an M.F.A in fiction writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has been a staff editor at the Atlantic Monthly and a member of the fiction staff at the New Yorker. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Seventeen, The May Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge Short Stories, The American Prospect, the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Utne Reader, and The Chronicle Review. She is the director of the Harvard College Writing Center.
Assistant Director of Administration for the Academic Resource Center and the Harvard College Writing Program
Rebecca Skolnik manages all Program budgets; course registration for Expos Studio and Expos 20; faculty appointments and re-appointments; technology needs for Program administration and faculty; event planning; and building operations.
Coordinator, Harvard College Writing Program
Alex Gaydos coordinates course registration, faculty appointments, department events, and the administration of the writing exam, and works with the Writing Program's senior leadership and faculty to support the development of new resources and initiatives.
Fields: History of Science; Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century transatlantic history; Victorian medicine & science; women & gender in science
Katie Baca completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Science at Harvard with a secondary field in WGS. Her research focuses on the intersections of nineteenth century science and studies of women, gender, and sexuality. She has worked for the Darwin and Tyndall Correspondence Projects. Before entering academia, Baca worked in equity research. She received her A.B. from Harvard College in History and Science with a secondary field in Economics.
Fields: Creative Writing and Editing
Research and Writing Interests: Poetry, English and American folk ballads, natural history art and literature, children's literature
David Barber is the poetry editor of The Atlantic, where he has been on staff since 1994. He is the author of three collections of poems published by Northwestern University Press: The Spirit Level (winner of the Terrence Des Pres Prize), Wonder Cabinet, and Secret History (forthcoming in late 2019). He has taught literature and writing at Middlebury College, MIT, and the Emerson College graduate writing program, and received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, PEN New England, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Parnassus, The New York Times Book Review, and recently anthologized in the Best American Poetry series, The Word Exchange: Anglo Saxon Poems in Translation, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets.
Fields: English and American Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Gothic fiction, academic writing
Pat Bellanca holds degrees in English from Wellesley College (B.A.) and Rutgers University (M.A., Ph.D.). In addition to teaching in the Harvard College Writing Program, where she is a Head Preceptor, she directs the writing programs in Harvard's Division of Continuing Education. She is also co-author of The Short Guide to College Writing, currently in its fifth edition.
Field: American History
Research and Writing Interests: Religious history, legal history, theories of religion, human rights, Native American history
Jacob Betz is completing his Ph.D. in American History at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests focus on religious pluralism in American history. His dissertation explores the struggles for religious freedom by minority groups in the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. He has held a prize lectureship in the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program and has published on both Native America and immigrant children’s religious freedom. Prior to coming to Harvard, he taught for seven years in the University of Chicago’s Writing Program.
Field: American Studies
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Literature; Form and Theory of Poetry; Aesthetics of Waste and Wastelands; History of Photography; Children's Literature and the History of Picturebook Illustration.
Collier Brown is a poet, photography critic, and literary scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard and an M.F.A. in Poetry from McNeese State University. He is the founding editor of Od Review, coeditor of both 21st Editions (Cape Cod) and Edition Galerie Vevais (Germany), and most recently the founding editor of The Grown Man & His Picturebooks, a feature site for children’s book illustrators. Brown’s essays on photography have appeared in more than twenty books, including Eyemazing: The New Collectible Art Photography (Thames & Hudson) and Beth Moon’s Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time (Abbeville Press). Eye, Thus Far, Unplucked, Brown’s latest poetry collection is out now with Stephen F. Austin University Press.
Willa Hammitt Brown
Fields: History and Gender studies
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century American history, mythology and memory, race, gender
Willa Brown holds a B.A. in history from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where she completed her dissertation, “Gentlemen of the Woods: Myth, Manhood, and the American Lumberjack, 1860-1920” in 2017. Her research focuses on American gender, environmental, cultural, and Western history, and she has written and spoken on American masculinity for NPR, the CBC and The Atlantic website. She can also be found leading tours of revolutionary Boston for Boston by Foot, hosting trivia nights in Somerville, and writing a travel column for Off Assignment.
Field: Early modern literature
Research and Writing Interests: Poetry and poetics, environmental humanities, gender studies, history of the book
Sarah Case received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, her M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and her B.A. from Wellesley College. Her current project explores the role that poetry played in political debates about monarchy and succession during the reign of England’s Elizabeth I.
Fields: Nineteenth-Century Literature, Visual Culture
Research and Writing Interests: Aesthetics, Critical Theory, Affect Theory, The Novel, Socialist Aesthetics
Alison Chapman received her Ph.D. from the English Department at Harvard in May 2017. She is currently working on a book project that explores the nineteenth-century novel's relationship to visual ornament. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, visual culture, the history of science (especially psychology), and aesthetic philosophy. In addition to working at the Writing Program, she is also a freshman proctor and academic advisor at Harvard University.
Field: Political Science
Research and Writing Interests: History of political thought, utopias and dystopias, critical theory
Matthew Cole studied political science at Carleton College and later at Duke University, where he completed his Ph.D. with an emphasis on political theory and philosophy. He is currently working on a book that discusses the role of dystopias in 20th century political thought. Prior to joining the Harvard College Writing Program, he taught with the Department of Political Science and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He has also taught courses for the Harvard Summer School, the Duke Talent Identification Program, and the Carleton Summer Writing Program.
Field: American Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Political novels, history and theory of the novel, American studies
Tad Davies received his Ph.D. in English from University of California, Irvine and before coming to Harvard taught an array of literary and cultural studies courses at Bryant University. His academic interests lay in the intersection between literature and politics—particularly as they meet in the U.S. of the 1960s.
Fields: Journalism, American Literature and History, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Research and Writing Interests: Feminist Theory and History, Contemporary Literature
Maggie Doherty holds a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University and a B.A., also in English, from Yale University. Her first book, The Equivalents (Knopf 2020), tells the story of five women writers and artists who met and became friends at the Radcliffe Institute in the early 1960s and who helped launch second-wave feminism. Her essays and reviews can be found in The Nation, The New Republic, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.
Fields: Hebrew Bible, Archaeology
Research and Writing Interests: Food, Anthropology of Space, Philology, Cultural studies, Ceramics (typology and petrography)
Janling Fu’s work revolves around the intersection of food and the development of the monarchy in ancient Israel. He has extensive archaeological experience in Israel and Turkey and was one of the excavators working on the recently discovered Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon. He is currently working on a series of publication projects, among which is a forthcoming handbook on food in ancient Israel (Bloomsbury).
Fields: Human Development, Psychology, Education
Research and Writing Interests: Autobiographical memory, language and narrative development in children, identity
Julia Hayden Galindo received her Ed.D. in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College.
She served as an editor on the Harvard Educational Review from 2009-2011. Her dissertation research focused on children’s autobiographical memory development. has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in psychology, language development, and writing at Harvard University and Emerson College.
Fields: English, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Research and Writing Interests: poetry and poetics, visual art, gender studies, popular culture, critical pedagogy’
Alexandra Gold received her Ph.D. in English from Boston University in 2018, and her B.A. (English/Political Science) and M.A. (English) from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught courses in writing composition, gender studies, and poetry at Drexel and Boston Universities and worked as a tutor in BU’s Writing Center for several years. Her research focuses on connections between post-1945 American experimental poetry and visual art, and she is currently at work on manuscript project that explores collaborations between 20th and 21st century poets and painters in artists’ book form.
Field: American Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature, poetry and poetics, the short story, religion, aesthetics, romanticism, ecocriticism
Martin Greenup received his B.A. in English from the University of Cambridge and his M.A. in English from Harvard University where he is currently completing his Ph.D. His dissertation, “The Aesthetics of Animation in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” examines the intersection of religious ideas and literary form in Dickinson’s work, looking at the ways in which the poet brings her poems to life and charges them with a spiritual quality. He has taught extensively at Harvard and also served as the Departmental Writing Fellow in the English Department.
Fields: German Studies and Comparative Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment German literature and philosophy, lyric, genre theory, reception of classical antiquity
Jonah Johnson received his Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2009. His research focuses on the relationship between literature and philosophy, particularly among German thinkers in the decades following the French Revolution. He is currently working on a book project in which he follows the emergence of tragedy as a discursive strategy within post-Kantian philosophy and explores the consequences of this discourse for early Romantic drama. He has taught courses on literature and culture in the German Department and Great Books Program at Michigan. He holds a B.A. in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from Oberlin College.
Richard Joseph Martin
Fields: Anthropology, Folklore and Mythology, Gender Studies
Research and Writing Interests: Agency, consent, education, ethnography, geography, phenomenology, play, popular culture, queer theory, ritual, semiotics, sexuality, and social media.
Richard Joseph Martin received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature & Society and Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University. He is co-editor of Sex: Ethnographic Encounters (Bloomsbury 2018), and is currently completing a book manuscript, entitled The Magic of Consent, based on fieldwork he conducted on the BDSM scene in Berlin, Germany. His current research interests include constructions of gender/sex/identity in social media spaces, theories of play, and educational reform movements. Beyond Expos 20, he has taught courses in behavioral science research methodology, social science writing, the anthropology of sex and gender, and the anthropology of media at Harvard’s Extension School. Before coming to Harvard, he taught in the Writing Program and Anthropology Department at Princeton University.
Research and Writing Interests: Social movements, social class, labor movements, political sociology, social change, culture and identity,
labor and work, globalization, U.S. labor history, qualitative methods
Meyer’s research explores changes in political economy and working-class mobilization. She is interested in the relationship between precarious workers, the neoliberal state, and social change. Her recent publications in Critical Sociology, Political Power & Social Theory and the Journal of Historical Sociology explore how collective action experiences transform working-class consciousness and subjectivity. Recently she has written, additionally, on precarious workers’ movements and on contemporary immigrant mobilizations. She has also published with colleagues at the University of Michigan on the extent and sources of ethical consumption with respect to sweatshops and workers’ rights. Meyer is currently working on a project about the relationship between workplace and community in the mid-20th century American labor movement. In Harvard’s Sociology Department she has been Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Harvard College Fellow, and Lecturer. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2008.
Field: Creative Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Fiction and cultural criticism
Lindsay Mitchell holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She has taught academic writing courses at the University of Iowa and the Harvard Extension School, as well as fiction writing courses at the Harvard Summer School. She is currently a resident writing and fellowships tutor at Currier House.
Field: Modern European History
Research and Writing Interests: War and society, secularization and resacralization, population politics, the development of democracy, and human rights
Shannon Monaghan holds degrees in History from Yale College (B.A.) and Boston College (M.A., Ph.D.). Before earning her doctorate, she worked for an international management consultancy, advising clients in industries ranging from specialty retail to electric utilities. A historian of modern Europe and the First World War by training, her interests include the history of war and society, secularization and resacralization, population politics, the development of democracy, and human rights. She is the author of Protecting Democracy from Dissent: Population Engineering in Western Europe, 1918-1926 (Routledge, 2018). She is currently working on two book projects. One examines the emergence of new ideas about human rights in the aftermath of the First World War. The other is a new history of trauma, from shell shock to PTSD.
Field: British literature
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century literature, theory of the novel, religion and literature
Ryan Napier holds an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and will receive his Ph.D. in English from Tufts University in 2020. His dissertation examines liberalism and religion in the nineteenth-century novel. A book of his short fiction, Four Stories about the Human Face, is available from Bull City Press.
Emilie J. Raymer
Field: The History of Science and Technology
Research and Writing Interests: Evolutionary theory, the development of the modern life sciences, the environmental humanities, and the history and philosophy of science
Emilie J. Raymer holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. Her scholarly interests include evolutionary biology, the development of the modern life sciences, and the environmental humanities. She worked for the National Academy of Sciences before she began her doctoral work at Johns Hopkins.
Research and Writing Interests: American religious history, global evangelicalism, theories of religion, fiction
Kip Richardson is finishing a dissertation in Religion at Harvard University on the rise of the evangelical megachurch in the United States as well as abroad. In addition to his academic writing, he has worked at different times as an in-house proofreader of textbooks, a freelance editor of commercial fiction, and a ghostwriter in various genres. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and currently serves as a Resident Tutor in Winthrop House.
Research and Writing Interests: Iran, Middle East, film and media studies, critical theory, outer space
Ramyar Rossoukh received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard in 2014. He is completing a book manuscript that is an ethnographic study of the industrial processes involved in the making of a feature-length Iranian film. Prior to the Harvard College Writing Program, he was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard. He has also taught at Brandeis University and was the project manager of Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran, a digital archive and website project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fields: Philosophy, Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Philosophy and/of Literature, 19th- and 20th-century European Philosophy, Aesthetics, 20th- and 21st-century Fiction
Ben Roth studied philosophy and English at Williams College and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University. He has also held fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. His research focuses on the role that narrative plays in self-understanding and self-constitution, and he has published on Heidegger, Sartre, Rousseau, and the problem of nihilism in architectural phenomenology. He is drafting a book manuscript, under the working title Middling Readers: Heidegger, Everydayness, and the Narrative Self, that interprets Being and Time as offering a novel theory of how we interpret the meaning of our lives—in the same way that we interpret a story, not when we’ve finished, but rather when we’re still in the middle of it. He also publishes an occasional bit of fiction and popular criticism and teaches Introduction to Philosophy for Harvard Extension School.
Research and Writing Interests: International relations, women and politics, political psychology, group-based violence, survey experiments
Sparsha Saha received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Harvard, and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examines the causes of severe protest policing violence in Iran since 1979, and her current research focuses on the effects of gender and dress on women in politics and society.
Fields: Creative Writing, Poetry, and Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Poetry Writing and Criticism
Adam Scheffler received an A.B. in English from Harvard, an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard. He has taught courses at Harvard and the University of Iowa on such topics as science fiction, lyric poetry, realist fiction, and love and madness in literature. He is also the author of a book of poems, A Dog’s Life, which won the Jacar Press Book Prize. His poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Antioch Review, Rattle, Verse Daily, and many other journals. He was a resident tutor in Currier house for five years and is currently a non-resident Currier tutor.
Research and Writing Interests: Constitutional law and theory, political philosophy
Gillian Sinnott is a graduate of University College Dublin, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School, where she wrote her S.J.D. dissertation on John Rawls and constitutional law. She has practiced law at firms in New York and London and spent a year clerking for a judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.
Fields: Anthropology, Public Health
Research and Writing Interests: Medical anthropology, global health, Asian studies, documentary film
Maria Stalford holds an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health and is currently completing her Ph.D in social anthropology, also at Harvard. Her dissertation focuses on how patients and families cope with cancer in contemporary Vietnam. She has a particular interest in the creative use of media in research and teaching, and has been a Harvard Film Study Center Fellow and affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.
Research and Writing Interests: Medieval literature, religion, emotion, gender and sexuality, the history of the book, climate change and climate resilience
Spencer Strub received an A.B. in English from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English and Medieval Studies from UC Berkeley. His book manuscript, Disciplining the Tongue, focuses on the intersection of ethics and aesthetics in late medieval rules for speech. He has taught courses on love, sin, nature, and college writing at Harvard, Berkeley, and Boston University.
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Julia Tejblum will receive her Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard in November 2019. She holds an M.A. in English from Oxford University, where she studied as a Clarendon Scholar, and a B.A. in English and Theater Arts from Brandeis University. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between autobiography and form in Romantic and Victorian poetry. Other research interests include narrative theory, literature and science, and literary influence. In addition to the Writing Program, Julia also teaches courses in literature, art history, film, and television for the Harvard Pre-College Program.
Fields: Human Development and Psychology
Research and Writing Interests: Neurocognitive development, developmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder), social development
Adrienne Tierney received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Science in Society from Wesleyan University and her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on brain development in infants, particularly as it relates to the development of social cognitive skills. She also has a background in examining how cognitive science research can inform teaching practices to promote learning in the classroom and in more informal environments. Beyond Expos, she is a research advisor and instructor at the Harvard Extension School in their psychology master's program.
Field: Creative Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Fiction
Jane Unrue graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.) and Brown University (M.F.A.). She is the author of the novel Love Hotel (New Directions, 2015); the short novels Life of a Star (Burning Deck, 2010) and The House (Burning Deck, 2000); the short fiction collection Atlassed (Triple Press, 2005); and the short novel Dear Mr. Erker, published in the final issue of 3rd Bed. She teaches "The Voice of Authority" in the Harvard College Writing Program and directs the Scholars at Risk Program, which provides fellowships for at-risk and persecuted scholars and writers so that they may live and work in safety. She is a member of the Scholars at Risk Committee and the University Committee on Human Rights Studies, and she advises the Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk student group.
Fields: Latin American History; Crime and Punishment in the Americas
Research and Writing Interests: Crime, Punishment and subject formation in Latin America, Panamanian History, Liberation Theology; the Cold War; peasant studies, philosophy of history
Ezer Vierba received a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Yale (2013). Before joining the Writing Program, he taught the Latin American field at Harvard's Program in History and Literature. He has written and taught on the history of crime and punishment in the Americas, environmental history, and about religion in the Americas. He has been a practitioner and student of Buddhist meditation for a decade, and his new course, "Buddhism, Mindfulness and the Practical Mind," investigates the controversy over mindfulness in the West. His book, On the Way to Santa Fe: Power, Subject and Form in Panamá, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.
Field: English Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, sociology, ethics, politics
Jeffrey R. Wilson is a Renaissance literature scholar who studies the afterlives of Shakespeare in society today. Holding nostalgically to the idea that literature can help us interpret life, his work puts modern social problems -- from mental illness and disability studies to gun violence and presidential elections -- in dialogue with Shakespearean themes and the larger traditions of Western culture. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine. Current book projects include Stigma in Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Criminology, and Shakespeare and Trump. On Twitter @DrJeffreyWilson.
Field: Health Policy
Research and Writing Interests: medical decision making, health economics, decision psychology, scientific writing for journals
Eve Wittenberg is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Resident Scholar at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator of Harvard University. She studies medical decision making, decision psychology, and health policy. Her research has been published in medical and health economics journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, PharmacoEconomics, and Medical Decision Making. She holds a doctorate in Health Policy from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to teaching in Expos, she teaches in the Risk and Decision Science curriculum and the Executive and Continuing Professional Education program at HSPH.
Fields: Comparative literature
Research and Writing Interests: Russian, French, and Urdu literatures; poetics; childhood; gender; cold-war-era literary diplomacy
Lusia Zaitseva earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard (May 2018) and her B.A. from Columbia University in French literature and creative writing. Her book project explores the ways that Soviet-era Russian writers employed childhood as a way to negotiate their complex relationships to the state. She is currently working on a project involving Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s time in the USSR. Before joining the Writing Program, she served as a writing instructor and tutor for over a decade.
Fields: American literature & creative writing
Research and Writing Interests: American modernist and postwar literature; poetry and poetics; material culture and book history; radical political movements; literary subcultures
Mande Zecca holds a Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University, an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. Before coming to Harvard, she taught in the Johns Hopkins Program in Expository Writing for four years, two of them as a postdoctoral fellow. She writes poetry and scholarship about poetry, the latter in the form of a book project: Undersongs: Left Elegies and the Politics of Community. She’s also published writing (both scholarly and creative) in Modernism/modernity, Post45, Jacket2, Ploughshares, Colorado Review, CutBank, and elsewhere. Her chapbook of poems, Pace Arcadia, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017.
Field: Communication Research and Writing; Theater History and Playwriting; Criticism
Research and Writing Interests: Music composition, Latinx performance practices, gender and sexuality
James Montaño received his M.L.A. in Dramaturgy at the American Repertory Theater Institute/Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre in 2017. In addition to his teaching, James is a freelance dramaturg, theater educator, and critic. His writing can be found at The Theatre Times, a hub for international theatre news and reviews. He has dramaturged work at ART, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory, and is in development of a new opera in Singapore. He received his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Field: Public Speaking, Film/Video, Mulit-arts education, Social Justice
Zachary Stuart has worked in arts education and film production for 20 years in the Boston area. He was Lead-facilitator and curriculum officer for the innovative theater education program Urban Improv and the Director of the theater department at CAAP summer arts Experience in Brookline. He produced the documentary Savage Memory about the Early anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski and is currently finishing post production on a new Feature documentary Die Before You Die, looking at female leadership in Islamic mysticism. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, youth development and social justice, the public speaking component of his work relies heavily on embodied pedagogy and storytelling. He has also taught and developed curriculum in ceramics and photography with a fine art and community building orientation, mainly working with youth and urban communities.
Field: Communications and Leadership Development
Research and Writing Interests: Theatre
Margie Zohn has taught communication and presentation skills and coached senior leaders in the academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors for the past 20 years. She has also written and performed numerous solo shows and acted professionally with Shakespeare & Company, The Lyric Stage, and Anna Deveare Smith's Institute on The Arts and Civic Dialogue. Margie earned her B.A. from Brown University and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.