Thomas Jehn
Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program

Field: 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 18 years. He serves 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 center 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.


James Herron 
Director, Harvard Writing Project

Field: 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 the anthropology of race, "the culture of the market," ethnographic and qualitative research methods, and anthropological linguistics.


Karen Heath 
Associate Director of the Harvard College Writing Program
Senior Preceptor

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.


Jane Rosenzweig 
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 TrainSeventeenThe May Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge Short StoriesThe American Prospect, the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixUtne Reader, and The Chronicle Review. She is the director of the Harvard College Writing Center.


Rebecca Skolnik
Program Administrator, Harvard College Writing Program

Rebecca Skolnik manages all Program budgets; course registration for Expos 10 and 20; faculty appointments and re-appointments; technology needs for Program administration and faculty; event planning; and building operations.


Colleen Desrosiers
Staff Assistant, Harvard College Writing Program

Colleen Desrosiers is the Writing Program’s first point of contact. She also assists in the coordination of the Writing Test; registration for Expos 10 and 20; Harvard Writers at Work events; and building operations. Ms. Desrosiers also manages the annual faculty search.







Jerusha Achterberg

Fields: Biological Anthropology and Epidemiology
Research and Writing Interests: Communicable disease dynamics in populations, modern human evolution, and science cognition and communication.

Jerusha Achterberg is currently completing her Ph.D. in biocultural anthropology at the University of Washington, focusing on the dynamics of tuberculosis in small, distributed human populations with a concentration in statistics in the social sciences. Also at the University of Washington, she completed an M.A. in biocultural anthropology surveying the mathematical modeling of tuberculosis, and an M.P.H. in epidemiology. Her research work reflects her interests in human evolution and our understanding of biological evolution.


David Barber

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 two collections of poems published by Northwestern University Press: Wonder Cabinet and The Spirit Level, which received the Terrence Des Pres Prize. 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 has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Parnassus, The New York Times Book Review, and recently anthologized in The Word Exchange: Anglo Saxon Poems in Translation and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets



Peter Becker

Fields: Literature, American Studies
Research and Writing Interests: The novel (American, German, comparative)

Peter Becker received his Ph.D. from Harvard's American Studies Program (History of American Civilization) and holds degrees from Harvard (M.A., English) and Hamburg University (History, Latin, Education). The literature of war, oppression, and the ethical ramifications for descendants of perpetrators lie at the center of his personal narrative and his intellectual work. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Literatures of Historical Guilt: How the Perpetrators' Descendants Deal with Their Past, which focuses on the literature of slavery in North America and the Holocaust in Germany. He has also taught in the History and Literature program at Harvard.


Pat Bellanca

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.


Jacob Betz

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.



Kevin Birmingham

Fields: Twentieth-century Fiction and History, U.S. Literature and Culture, the Avant-Garde, the History of Obscenity, Race and Aesthetics, Critical Theory
Research and Writing Interests: Literary and cultural history, narrative nonfiction



Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D. from the English Department at Harvard. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses, which was published with Penguin Press in 2014. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and cultural history, the history of obscenity, the avant-garde, creative non-fiction, race and aesthetics, cosmopolitanism, critical theory, film, Pop Art and graffiti.


Collier Brown

Fields: American Studies 

Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth/Early Twentieth-century American Literature, American Utopian History, Modern Poetry, History of Photography, Environmental Studies, Aesthetics of Waste


Collier Brown is a poet, photography critic, and literary scholar. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. on “aesthetics of waste” in Harvard’s American Studies Program and holds an MA and MFA in Poetry from McNeese State University. He is the founding editor of the Od Review and coeditor at both 21st Editions (Cape Cod) and Edition Galerie Vevais (Germany). Brown’s poetry has appeared in Best New Poets, Indiana Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Rattle, Poetry East, and Barrow Street. He has collaborated with the photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Ben Nixon on two books of poetry/photography: Moth and Bonelight (2010) and To the Wheatlight of June (2013). Brown has been teaching college composition for the past ten years. 



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 BA in history from Oxford University. She holds an MA in history from the University of Virginia, where she is currently completing her doctoral thesis, “Gentlemen of the Woods: Manhood, Myth and the American Lumberjack, 1860-1920.” She is a columnist at Off Assignment, a literary travel magazine, and has written and spoken on American masculinity for NPR, the CBC and The Atlantic website. 



Matthew Cole


Fields: Political Science
Research and Writing Interests: History of political thought, utopias and dystopias, critical theory

Matthew Cole is completing his Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, where he has specialized in political theory and is preparing to defend a dissertation entitled "Dystopia and Political Imagination in the 20th Century."  He received his M.A. in political science from Duke and his B.A. in political science from Carleton College. 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, as well as with the Duke Talent Identification Program. 


Tad Davies

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.


Maggie Doherty

Fields: English and American Literature 
Research and Writing Interests: Twentieth-century American literature and culture, the Cold War, the novel 

Maggie Doherty is finishing a dissertation in Harvard's English department. Her research analyzes state funding for American writers, from the Cold War through the present, and shows how fiction contributes to cultural diplomacy. Her academic writing will soon be published in American Literary History. She also writes regularly for the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.


Dwight Fee

Fields: Sociology, Social Psychology, Gender Studies
Research and Writing Interests: Friendship and private life, identity and difference, qualitative research methods.

Dwight Fee received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught at Middlebury College and Vassar College, and has particular interests in social psychology, identities and inequalities, the sociology of gender and sexuality, and qualitative research methods. He is finishing a book on friendship and sexual diversity. He is also an intermittent Lecturer in Harvard's Sociology Department.



Janling Fu

Fields: Hebrew Bible, Archaeology
Research and Writing Interests: Anthropology, classics, cultural theory, food studies, resistance

Janling Fu is finishing a dissertation for Harvard’s NELC program, which 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 is currently senior staff at the Neubauer Archaeological Excavations at Zincirli Höyük, Turkey.


Julia Galindo


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.  She has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in psychology, language development, and writing at Harvard University and Emerson College.  


Martin Greenup 

Fields: 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.


Tamara Griggs


Fields: History, Literature, and Art History
Research and Writing Interests: The history of visual and material culture; the history of books and print; and the history of travel.

Tamara Griggs taught for six years in the History and Literature program at Harvard. She has also taught at Princeton, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and UMass-Boston. She has a B.A. in English literature from Reed College and a Ph.D in European history from Princeton University.


Jonah Johnson 

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.


Elissa Krakauer

Field: Biological Anthropology
Research and Writing Interests: Primate behavior, evolutionary theory

Elissa Krakauer holds a B.A. in biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Duke University. Her dissertation focused on the development of complex foraging behaviors in aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) and implications for the evolution of large brains and slow life history.


Ariane Liazos

Field: Twentieth-Century U.S. History
Research and Writing Interests: Reform movements, popular politics, and civic engagement 

Ariane Liazos studies reform movements, political institutions, and civic engagement in American history. She is also interested in the relationship between academia and public activism.  She has previously taught in the Harvard History Department and Princeton Writing Program.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. 

She is currently finishing a manuscript on urban reform in the Progressive era, examining the ways in which reformers, social scientists, and citizens across the country attempted to create new political institutions that embodied changing ideals of democracy. With Theda Skocpol and Marshall Ganz, she is co-author of What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Orders and the Struggle for Racial Equality, winner of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the American Sociological Association.  She has authored numerous articles for journals and magazines.

She also specializes in curriculum development, with a particular interest in activity-based learning (ABL) pedagogies.  She is working with Social Studies to develop courses that pair social science content with service programs at PBHA, including her own course “Social Studies 68ec. Education and Community in America.” She is a curriculum fellow and currently directs the Writing and Public Service Initiative for the Harvard College Writing Program.  


Richard Joseph Martin

Fields: Anthropology, Folklore and Mythology, Gender Studies
Research and Writing Interests: Agency, education, ethnography, magic, phenomenology, play, popular culture, privacy, queer theory, ritual, semiotics, sexuality, and space.

Richard Joseph Martin received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University in 2011. He is completing a book manuscript based on field research he conducted among practitioners of consensual sadomasochism (BDSM) in Berlin, Germany. Before coming to Harvard, he taught in the Writing Program and Anthropology Department at Princeton University, offering courses exploring topics such as individualism, play, travel, and witchcraft. He is currently planning a book-length research project on the charter school movement in the United States, and another project tracing re-imaginings of Salem in American culture. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature & Society and Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University.


Lindsay Mitchell

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.


Shannon Monaghan



Field: Modern European History

Research and Writing Interests: War and society, 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 speciality 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, genocide and war crimes, population politics, the development of democracy, and human rights. She is currently working on her first book, Relighting the Lamps: Population Politics and the Development of Democracy in the New Europe, 1918-1926.


Donna Mumme

Field: Developmental Psychology
Research and Writing Interests: Emotional development, social cognition, neuropsychological assessment, and developmental disabilities; children's literature.

Donna Mumme received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Stanford University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley. In her research, she has focused on early childhood development, with a particular interest in how infants and children read social and emotional cues. In her clinical work, she has specialized in working with young children with developmental and learning disorders.


Margaret Rennix

Field: English Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century British literature, cognitive studies, literature and science 

Margaret Rennix received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the English department at Harvard, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation examines the role of stream of consciousness in Victorian literature, and her research focuses on the relationship between historical and contemporary theories of cognition.


Kip Richardson


Field: Religion

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.


Benjamin Roth

Fields: Philosophy, Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Philosophy and/of literature, continental philosophy (especially Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Existentialism), aesthetics, Twentieth-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, with a particular emphasis on Heidegger.



Gillian Sinnott

Field: Law
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.


Maria Stalford


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. 


Rebecca Summerhays

Field: English Literature
Research/Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century British fiction, literature and science, sensation fiction, feminist theory

Rebecca Summerhays received her Ph.D. in English from Brown University in 2011. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and science, with a particular focus on how literary genres—including domestic fiction, sensation fiction, and horror—engage new definitions of the human body that appeared in nineteenth-century natural theology, neuroscience, and evolutionary theory. Her research explores the impulsive, instinctual networks of human feeling that emerged in the nineteenth century when literature and science together redefined humans as principally biological beings. She has taught courses in composition, literature, and culture at the University of Utah and Brown University.

Adrienne Tierney

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 as well as in more public arenas.


Jane Unrue

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 Deck2010) 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. 


Ezer Vierba


Fields of interest: crime, law and punishment in modern Latin America; Liberation Theology; the Cold War; peasant studies, and the 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. His book, On the Way to Santa Fe: Power, Subject and Form in Panamá, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.

Wilkinson, Ryan


Field: Ancient and Medieval History / Archaeology

Research and Writing Interests:  Late Antiquity and the “fall of the Roman Empire,” political and socio-economic history, communication and network studies, power and order in pre-modern societies


Ryan Wilkinson has a Ph.D. in History (Harvard, 2015).  He has taught writing at Harvard, in various guises, since 2009.  Broadly trained in ancient and medieval history and archaeology, he specializes in the complex story of the “fall of the Roman Empire” during late antiquity.  His dissertation explored how the transition from imperial to barbarian rule in what is now eastern France changed the ties between late Roman communities and the outside world.  Before coming to Harvard, Ryan completed an M.A. at the University of Arizona (where he had earlier earned the B.A.) and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He is also a non-resident History concentration advisor at Currier House.  


Joshua Williams



Fields: Theater and Performance Studies


Research and Writing Interests: African studies, animal studies, postcolonial literature and theory, literature and the environment, race and social justice, the history of science




Joshua Williams is a writer, director and scholar of African performance. He is completing his PhD in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; his dissertation, Don’t Show A Hyena How Well You Can Bite: Performance, Race and the Animal Subaltern in Eastern Africa examines the fraught intersections between ideas of blackness and animality in twentieth-century Kenyan and Tanzanian cultural production. His articles and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, HowlRound, Africa Is A Country, Brittle Paper, The Johannesburg Salon, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey and elsewhere. Before coming to Berkeley, Joshua earned an MA in Comparative Literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and an AB, also in Comparative Literature, from Princeton University. His plays have been performed and developed in theaters across the United States.




Jeffrey Wilson

Field: English Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, ethics

Jeffrey Wilson received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine. His interests are poised at the intersection of Renaissance literature and modern ethics. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Stigma in Shakespeare, a study of the marked body as a site of moral reflection. He has taught courses in English, Composition, and Religious Studies at UC Irvine, and courses in Criminal Justice at CSU Long Beach, an experience which resulted in his current book project, Shakespeare and Criminology.



Field: Communications Research and Writing

Interests: Theatre improvisation and solo performance




Margie Zohn has taught communication skills and coached 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.