Thomas Jehn
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 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.


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.


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


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 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.


Rebecca Skolnik
Program Administrator, 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.

Colleen Desrosiers Laude
Staff Assistant, Harvard College Writing Program

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





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.


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.




Collier Brown

Field: 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 and a PhD 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.


Alison Chapman

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. 


Matthew Cole

Field: 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.


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


Martin Greenup

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.






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.




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. Her first book, Protecting Democracy from Dissent: Population Engineering in Western Europe, 1918-1926 will be published by Routledge in early 2018. Her current project examines the emergence of new ideas about human rights in the aftermath of the First World War.


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.


Ramyar Rossoukh

Field: Anthropology
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.


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.

Sparsha Saha

Field: Government
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.


Adam Scheffler

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.


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.




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 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.



Ezer Vierba

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. His book, On the Way to Santa Fe: Power, Subject and Form in Panamá, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.




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.


Margie Zohn

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.