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 more than 20 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 and payroll; faculty and staff appointments and re-appointments; technology needs for Program administration and faculty; and building operations.
Program Coordinator, Harvard College Writing Program
Aubrey Everett provides the Writing Program’s faculty and leadership team with overall support, primarily in the areas of course registration, the Writing Exam, Harvard Writing Project and Writing Center, digital projects, various curricular initiatives, and faculty development events and resources. Her background is in print journalism and she has experience working in both publishing and higher education.
Staff Assistant, Harvard College Writing Program
Gregory Collins manages the operations of the Writing Program; with a focus on student service, faculty support, faculty appointments, events, and departmental communications.
Sheza Alqera Atiq
Fields: Near Eastern Studies, Comparative Literature, Orality, Scripture & Literary Theory
Research and Writing Interests: Comparative Religion, International Law, Linguistics, Fiction, and Children’s Literature
Sheza Alqera holds an honors degree in English and Economics from Brown University (B.A.) graduating Magna cum Laude, and a Masters from Harvard Divinity School (MTS). She is presently completing her PhD in Near Eastern Studies and Civilizations (NELC) from Harvard University. Before joining the Harvard College Writing Program, Sheza worked as a Writing Tutor for the Harvard Extension Writing Program for over three years, and more recently, as a Departmental Writing Fellow and Senior Thesis Advisor for the College. She has been awarded Certificates of Excellence in Teaching by Harvard University's Derek Bok Center and has served as a liaison between faculty, staff, and students in her role as Student Representative and member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) Committee for her program.
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: Theater, Voice, Public Speaking
Research and Writing Interests: Rhetoric, Teaching and Performance, Dialect and Accent Acquisition
Erika Bailey is the Head of Voice and Speech at American Repertory Theater and is a long-time faculty member of the Theater, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard. She also serves as a member of the Committee on Commencement Parts, choosing student speakers for commencement, and is a faculty advisor at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. She has taught voice and speech classes at Princeton University, the Juilliard School, Williams College, and Boston Conservatory among others. She gives workshops across the schools of Harvard University on public speaking and performance. She holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.F.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. .
Fields: comparative literature and the visual arts
Research and Writing Interests: 19th- and 20th-century British, American, and German literature and visual arts, museum studies, cultural studies, trauma studies, mysticism, literary, film, and critical theory, the personal essay, business communication
Christina Becker received her MA and PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University, where her research focused on modernism in literature and the visual arts. During her almost 20 years of teaching at Harvard, she has taught and advised a wide range of students, from incoming freshmen to honors concentrators writing their senior theses to graduate students and working professionals. She served as the faculty director for the Writing and Public Service Initiative in the Harvard College Writing Program from 2012- 2015, designing and launching writing initiatives to help prepare Boston Public School students for college. Most recently, she has provided consultations for Harvard’s Museum Studies Graduate Program and designed a successful graduate proseminar that is required for all its degree candidates. She has been awarded Certificates of Excellence in Teaching numerous times by Harvard University's Derek Bok Center and has also received the dean's letter of commendation for distinguished teaching from Harvard Extension School.
Fields: American Literature, Comparative Literature
Research and Writing Interests: the historical novel and its narrative strategies after catastrophic events; literature of slavery; Holocaust literature
Peter Becker received his Ph.D. from Harvard's American Studies Program and holds M.A. degrees from Harvard (English) and Hamburg University (History, Latin, and 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. The recipient of the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, he is currently completing a book manuscript on the revisions of the historical novel and its narrative strategies after catastrophic events. Before becoming a faculty member for the Harvard College Writing Program, he directed and advised honors senior theses as a Lecturer in the History and Literature program at Harvard, for which he received the Stephen Botein Prize for Excellence in Mentoring. Throughout his years of teaching and advising at Harvard, Peter Becker has received numerous Certificates of Excellence in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center and the James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Writing Award (2017).
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 memory and American gender, environmental, cultural, and Western history. She has written and spoken on American masculinity and nostalgia for NPR, the CBC, The Atlantic website, and on the web series Drinking with Historians. Dr. Brown is currently finishing her book Gentlemen of the Woods and co-editing a volume on the history of authenticity. She can also be found leading tours of Boston history for Boston by Foot, hosting trivia nights in Somerville, tutoring for the Department of Youth Services, and walking around the Yard with her dog, Ernest.
Fields: Communications and Psychology
Research and Writing Interests: Expressive Arts Therapy
David Carter has taught and coached international students and business executives in speaking and presentation skills; guided performance artists in project development; and employed the techniques of expressive therapy to facilitate individuals’ personal storytelling. He studied theater and expressive therapy with Norma Canner at Lesley University and has a diploma in Voice Movement Therapy from the Oxford Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts, London.
Kate has worked in the fields of theater and education for over twenty years. She has taught in the Theater Departments at Salem State University and the Boston Conservatory. She worked for the educational branch of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and has worked extensively in organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and the Mayor’s Program, developing classes that focus on promoting communication skills in at-risk youth. Overseas, Kate has co-developed and directed theater/writing programs for projects in Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Kate holds an M.F.A in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Field: Political Science
Research and Writing Interests: Political Theory, Environmental Politics, Political Fiction
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. His current writing projects include a book manuscript about dystopian political thought and articles about 1984, climate fiction, and technocratic challenges to democracy. 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: English and American Literature
Research and Writing Interests: 19th- and 20th-century English and American literature, aesthetic expertise, museum studies, celebrity studies
Maggie completed her MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from Yale University. Her research focuses on art, snobs, and expertise. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University and holds degrees in English and American Studies and the History of Art and Art-World Practice from Oxford and Christie's Education London respectively.
Fields: English and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Research and Writing Interests: Literatures of Britain, early America, and Portugal and Spain from the early colonial period through Romanticism; world literature; history of the lyric; history of the novel; epic poetry and drama; history of the book; visual and material culture; environmental humanities and literature of the ocean; critical and cultural theory, esp. feminist new materialisms; studies of gender and race; rhetoric and writing.
Samuel is a PhD candidate in English and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard College in the departments of English and Comparative Literature and at Emmanuel College as an adjunct professor of English, and he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley and his associate’s degree at Shasta College. He writes about eighteenth-century British and American literature and cultural history, and does comparative work with Portuguese and Spanish texts. His PhD dissertation discusses the way readers in Portugal, England, and the early United States used narratives of voyages to imagine their identity in collectivist ways throughout the early period of European colonial expansion. Samuel also writes about eighteenth-century material culture and new materialist cultural theory, and is working on a book of poems about the sea.
Research and Writing Interests: Social networks, gender, mental health
Maleah Fekete received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and German from UC Berkeley. She is currently a fifth year doctoral student in the Sociology Department at Harvard University. Her dissertation research uses primarily interview-based data to investigate the ways middle-aged white men living in areas affected by "deaths of despair" relate to and rely on the people they feel closest to. In addition to her academic pursuits, Maleah enjoys creative writing and is at work on a novel.
Fields: Modernist and Postmodernist Literature, Neoliberalism, Political Economy
Research and Writing Interests: Contemporary film and literature, political economy, Marxism, neoliberalism, history of terrorism
Peter Gilbert specializes in teaching college writing. He holds an M.A. in literature from the University of New Hampshire and and M.F.A. in writing from Cornell University. He is interested in the ways that political ideologies and policies underwrite social and economic inequality. In particular, he is interested in neoliberal forms of governance and subjectivity, as well as how these dynamics are represented in late 20th and 21st century film, literature, and journalism. He has taught at Rutgers, CUNY, and Cornell University.
J. Gregory Given
Fields: Study of Religion, Classics
Research and Writing Interests: Early Christianity, late antiquity, Coptic language and literature, ancient letter collections, history of scholarship
Greg Given is a historian of the ancient Mediterranean world, with broad interests in the development of Christian literature and culture from the second to sixth centuries CE. His current book project focuses on the various collections of letters attributed to the second-century martyr-bishop Ignatius of Antioch. He holds a PhD from Harvard in the Study of Religion, a MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in Classics and Religion from Reed College. Prior to joining the Writing Program, he held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Virginia and also taught courses at the University of Mary Washington, Stonehill College, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Divinity School.
Fields: English, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Research and Writing Interests: poetry and poetics, visual art, gender studies, popular culture
Alexandra Gold received her Ph.D. in English from Boston University, and her B.A. in English/Political Science and M.A. in 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 post-45 American poetry and visual art, and her current book project explores collaborations between 20th and 21st century poets and painters in artists’ book form. In addition to work her in Expos, she also serves as a first-year academic advisor.
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.
Field: Cultural Anthropology
Research and Writing Interests: Multispecies relations, care, race, affect, cuteness, wildlife conservation, chimpanzees, postcolonism, Africa
Amy Hanes is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on multispecies relationships between humans and great apes and the politics of wildlife conservation in Central and West Africa. Important themes in her work include care, race, affect, and cuteness. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology and her dual M.A. in Sustainable International Development and Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University. Apart from academia, she has worked as a development editor and with non-governmental organizations in youth education, wildlife conservation, and gender-based violence prevention in the U.S., Niger, the Central African Republic, and Cameroon. Her research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Field: English and American Literature
Research and Writing Interests: the transatlantic nineteenth-century history and literature, ecocriticism, gothic novels, history of agriculture
Eliza Holmes received her PhD in English from Harvard and her BA from Bard College. Her dissertation explores the ways that agricultural labor, and land rights, shaped nineteenth-century British and American literature. She has published on topics ranging from John Clare’s poetry to the TV show PEN15. She also holds a certificate of training in small farming from The Farm School.
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.
Fields: Russian Literature, Comparative Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Russian and American twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction; nuclear technologies in literature and culture; the environmental humanities; narrative and critical theory; literatures of prison and incarceration.
Isabel Lane received her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 2019 and holds a BA in Russian Studies from NYU. She has taught courses in literature and writing though Yale, the Bard Prison Initiative, and Boston College. Her teaching interests include literature and the environment; comparative Russian and world literatures; literature and science; experiential learning; and first-year writing. Her current book project, titled Narrative Fallout: The Russian and American Novel After the Bomb, explores the representation of nuclear technologies and crises in the contemporary fiction of North America and the former Soviet Union. Before coming to Harvard, she was the founding Program Director for the Boston College Prison Education Program, a Bachelor of Arts degree program housed in a medium security prison, and she remains an advocate for educational access and equity for systems-impacted students, both in prisons and on college campuses.
Research and Writing Interests: American political history and biography
Ariane Liazos studies political institutions and reform movements in American history. She is also interested in the relationship between academia and public activism. She currently advises graduate students at the Harvard Extension School on thesis research and writing. She has previously taught in the history department at Harvard University, the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard, and the Princeton Writing Program. She holds a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Swarthmore College and a master's degree and PhD in history from Harvard University. She recently published Reforming the City: The Contested Origins of Urban Government, 1890-1930 (Columbia University Press, 2020). This book explores 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 (Princeton University Press, 2008), winner of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the American Sociological Association.
Richard Joseph Martin
Fields: Anthropology, Folklore and Mythology, Gender Studies
Research and Writing Interests: Agency, consent, education, ethnography, geography, identity, kinship, phenomenology, play, popular culture, queer theory, ritual, selfhood, 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 contemporary kinship, modern folklore, educational reform movements, and selfhood in the age of social media. 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.
Fields: Early and Antebellum American Literature and Culture
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century science, philosophy, and law
Ross Martin received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where, prior to teaching in the Harvard College Writing Program, he was a Frederick Donald Sober Postdoctoral Fellow. With publications in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, as a scholar he focuses on literature and culture in the Americas up to 1865, specializing in the comparative study of philosophical and scientific ideas as they appear in literary writing.
Fields: Classics, Achaemenid Persia
Research and Writing Interests: Ancient autocracy, generic intertextuality, Attic tragedy
Keating McKeon holds his PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard and completed his undergraduate studies in Classics at Columbia and the University of Cambridge. His research is especially concerned with the manifestations and receptions of autocracy in the ancient world. Keating’s current projects approach these concepts from two perspectives: the first probes the role of nostalgia in democratic Athenian constructions of autocracy, while the second explores how epic models for rulership are mediated through the act of Homeric quotation across Greco-Roman antiquity. Keating has published on the Greek adaptation of Old Persian sources as well as on the historian Herodotus’ narrative interest in the performative manipulation of time.
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.
Courtney Pina Miller
Research and Writing Interests: Transatlantic modernism, working-class studies, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, critical race theory, film and television studies
Courtney Pina Miller holds a Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University, an M.A. in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in American Literature and Culture from UCLA. She specializes in transatlantic modernist literature and culture, working-class studies, and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. She has published research on the occurrence of eroticized class performance in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, servant femininity in Downton Abbey, and forgotten regionalist writer and farmer Louis Bromfield. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on the notion of class performativity and servant characters in modernist writing by Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and Zora Neale Hurston. Before joining the Harvard College Writing Program faculty, Dr. Miller taught writing and literature at Loyola Marymount University and Brandeis University and is invested in practicing anti-racist and inclusive pedagogy, particularly for first-generation college students.
Field: British literature
Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century literature; contemporary fiction; theory of the novel; religion and literature
Ryan Napier holds a PhD in English from Tufts University and an M.A.R. in religion and literature from Yale Divinity School. His writing has appeared in Jacobin, and a collection of his short fiction, Four Stories about the Human Face, is available from Bull City Press.
Field: English Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Early modern drama and poetry, Shakespeare, media history, intellectual history
David Nee received a B. A. in English from Columbia University and a Ph. D. in English from Harvard University. He specializes in the English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly Shakespeare. Other research interests include comparative literature, media history, and the history of literary studies.
Field: philosophy, mathematics
Research and Writing Interests: early modern philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of science
Jen earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard in 2021. Before that, she received her B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Southern California. Jen has wide-ranging research and teaching interests. On the teaching side, Jen has taught classes in the history of philosophy, epistemology, the philosophy of religion, and an introductory course on philosophy. On the research side, Jen has published on the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz and she is currently pursuing a project that examines how early modern European philosophers approach quantity. In her spare time, Jen enjoys keeping her Latin and French fresh, doing laps in the pool and spending time with friends.
Field: Voice, Speech, Accents, Shakespeare, Theater
Lee Nishri-Howitt teaches and coaches vocal production, speech, accent acquisition, and Shakespearean text. He has taught in the Theater, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard, and at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College, and the Moscow Art Theatre School. As a coach, he has worked with the American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and others. Lee is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and of the masters program in vocal pedagogy at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard.
Field: Spanish, Latin American literature, literary translation
Research and Writing Interests: Translation Studies, Latin American poetry, Peruvian literature, Irish literature, folklore and mythology, creative writing
Eileen O’Connor is an Instructor in Spanish at Harvard Divinity School. Before coming to Harvard in 2018, she taught Spanish and first-year writing at Wellesley College. Eileen’s translations from the Spanish include the novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín, winner of the 2015 Pura Belpré Award and 2014 National Jewish Book Award finalist, and the bilingual poetry collection Pez/Fish by Mariela Dreyfus. Her current translation project is the collected works of one of Peru’s most influential poets, Blanca Varela. She also is writing the third draft of her first novel, a coming-of-age reimagining of the selkie myth set during the Irish War of Independence. She has an AB in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and expects to receive her PhD in Spanish from University College Cork in 2025.
Kaara L. Peterson
Field: British literature, Drama, History of Medicine
Research and Writing Interests: Early Modern English literature and culture; Shakespeare, including film; art history and material culture; history of medicine; detective and mystery fiction; theater review writing
Kaara L. Peterson completed her Ph.D. at Boston University (where she also did her B.A.) in Early Modern English literature and culture with a focus on medical history, particularly about female pathologies. She has taught a wide range of literature and writing courses in Shakespeare studies and performance (often in London), Renaissance literature, medical humanities, and detective fiction, most currently at Miami U of Ohio, and held recent fellowships at Harvard University, Oxford University, and Cambridge University (postponed). Her past and present research projects, books, and articles explore how medical constructs find representation in 16th-and 17th-c. portraiture and material culture/artifacts, along with regular theater reviews for Cahiers Elisabethains. A native New Yorker and keen walker, she is frequently out and about in Boston exercising her very winsome dog sidekick, Pinot.
Field: Literature; history; gender and sexuality studies
Research and Writing Interests: Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture; classical reception; authorship; the history of sexuality; queer and transgender studies
Brian Pietras holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and a B.A. from Bennington College. His scholarly articles have been published in The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Renaissance Drama, Spenser Studies, and elsewhere. Prior to coming to Harvard, he taught in the Writing Program and Freshman Seminars Program at Princeton.
Field: Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychophysiology
Research and Writing Interests: Clinical and developmental psychology, stress and trauma, resilience, psychophysiology, parenting, gender
Kelsey Quigley completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Penn State University, with secondary fields in Developmental Psychology and Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. In her research, she examines biobehavioral pathways by which early adversity influences health outcomes. In the clinic, she works primarily with children, women, and gender-expansive individuals who have experienced stress or trauma. Quigley has taught courses in the Harvard and Penn State Psychology Departments and as part of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. She has worked previously as an Early Childhood Mental Health consultant and a Federal Policy Analyst at Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families in Washington, DC. She earned her AB in Social Studies at Harvard University.
Emilie J. Raymer
Field: The History and Philosophy of Science
Research and Writing Interests: the modern life and environmental sciences, evolutionary theory, intellectual history, philosophy
Emilie holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. Her scholarly interests include the development of the modern life sciences, evolutionary theory, the environmental humanities, and the philosophy of science. She worked for the National Academy of Sciences before she began her doctorate. At Harvard, she teaches writing courses on biomedical and environmental ethics, and she serves as the faculty co-director of the Writing and Public Service Initiative.
Fields: Creative Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Fiction; Rhetoric; the History of the Teaching of Writing
Maura Roosevelt is a fiction writer and personal essayist. She holds degrees from Harvard (BA) and NYU (MFA). She is currently completing a PhD from Columbia University in English and Education, where her research has focused on how social media may bolster equity and inclusion in writing classrooms. Maura has taught creative and expository writing at NYU, Columbia, and the University of Southern California. She is the author of the novel Baby of the Family (2019).
Fields: English literature, social history
Research and Writing Interests: Victorian literature, history of marriage and the family, contemporary literature and culture
Hannah Rosefield is completing her Ph.D. in English at Harvard. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and an M.Litt in Victorian Literature from the University of Glasgow. Her work has appeared in publications including the New Yorker online, the New Republic, the New Statesman, Vice and The White Review.
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, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Rousseau, land art, and the problem of nihilism in architectural phenomenology. He also publishes an occasional bit of fiction and popular criticism and teaches Introduction to Philosophy for Harvard Extension School.
Field: Cultural Anthropology; Latinx Studies
Research and Writing Interests: Immigration, incarceration, care, activism, borders, gender, material culture, space, sequential art
Erin Routon received her PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2020. She also holds an MA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside and a BA in English from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Her current research focuses on legal advocacy projects serving incarcerated asylum-seeking families in Texas, with recent publications in Cultural Anthropology and the Journal of Refugee Studies. Originally from Texas, she presently resides in Brighton with her partner, John, and two refined beasts, Piko and Fred.
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 poetry writing, science fiction, realist fiction, and love and madness in literature. He is the author of a book of poems, A Dog’s Life, and his poems appear in numerous literary journals. He was a resident tutor in Currier house for five years and is currently a non-resident Currier tutor.
Research and Writing Interests: Language learning, child development, educational psychology
Jessie Schwab received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University with a joint degree in Social Policy. Her dissertation research focused on how different features in the language children hear influences their ability to learn new words. More recently, her research at Harvard has examined how incentives guide student motivation and learning in an online context. Before joining the Harvard College Writing Program, Jessie taught in the Psychology department as a Harvard College Fellow. She is currently a Resident Tutor in Eliot House.
Field: Creative Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Nonfiction, autofiction, satire, and cultural criticism
Ian holds an M.F.A. from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and B.A. degrees in History and Italian Studies from Brown University. Before coming to Harvard, he taught courses on creative nonfiction and rhetoric at the University of Iowa and helped lead the Brown University Writing Fellows Program. His work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, DIAGRAM, Atlas Obscura, and Artsy, among other publications. He is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Field: Law; political theory
Research and Writing Interests: Constitutional law; theories of liberalism; privacy
Gillian Sinnott received her undergraduate degree from University College Dublin. She also has an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her doctoral dissertation examined the application of the political philosophy of John Rawls to questions in constitutional law. Prior to joining the Writing Program, she practiced law in New York and London.
Field: English Literature, 18th-century Studies, Social History, Creative Writing
Research and Writing Interests: Ethnography and memoir of Southern Italy; the work and writing of Mary Wollstonecraft
Fiore Sireci earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and is a graduate of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. He has taught first-year writing at Hunter College and the Writing and Research Studio at Parsons School of Design. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Teacher Exchange scholarship in English literature and language. Dr. Sireci is working on two books, one a memoir of farmers in Southern Italy, and the other on the work life of Mary Wollstonecraft.
Field: British Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Victorian literature and culture, disability studies, digital humanities, writing pedagogy
Kristen Starkowski completed her Ph.D. in English at Princeton University in 2021. Her current writing project focuses on minor characters in the Victorian novel and proposes a new methodology of reading for the various networks of survival and subsistence in the nineteenth-century social and economic world. Her work has previously appeared in NOVEL, Victorian Review, and Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Other research interests include digital humanities, disability studies, book history, and Latinx studies..
Field: Creative Writing, Literature, and Film
Research and Writing Interests: trauma literature and film, the bildungsroman, prose and poetry of war, screenplay as dramatic literature, literary adaptations, public humanities
Tracy Strauss holds an M.F.A. in Film from Boston University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She is the author of I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, a memoir that landed on Harvard Bookstore’s “Bestseller Wall” in 2019. Former essays editor of The Rumpus, she has written creative nonfiction, scholarly works, and writing craft articles for publications such as Oprah Magazine, Glamour, New York Magazine, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The Southampton Review, Cognoscenti, and War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities. She has also been a guest speaker on local and national television talk shows, podcasts, and Ms. Magazine’s Facebook “Live Q&A."
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.
Fields: British Literature, Romanticism, poetry and poetics, narrative theory
Julia Tejblum holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard, an M.A. from Oxford University, where she studied as a Clarendon Scholar, and a B.A. in English and Theater Arts from Brandeis University. Her current research focuses on the relationship between autobiography and form in Romantic and Victorian poetry. She has published criticism and reviews in Essays in Criticism, Romanticism, and The Wordsworth Circle. Other research interests include travel writing, narrative theory, literature and science, and literary influence.
Field: psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience
Research and Writing Interests: psychology, development, science writing
Adrienne Tierney received her Ed.D. in human development and education and Ed.M. in mind, brain, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her M.S. in neuroscience from the Université Pierre and Marie Curie/Collège de France, and her B.A. in neuroscience and science in society from Wesleyan University. Her dissertation research examined developmental trajectories in the neural dynamics of infants at risk for autism. In addition to being a head preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program, she is also a research advisor in psychology at the Harvard Extension School and the co-director of the Effective Writing for Health Care program at the Harvard Medical School.
Field: Theatre, Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Modern Drama, Theatre History and Theory, Performance Studies
Elliott Turley received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Before coming to Harvard, he taught English and theatre classes at the University of California San Diego, Florida State University, UT-Austin, and secondary schools. Elliott’s research examines theatre’s intersections with literature, philosophy, and history. He has published articles in Modern Drama, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Modern Language Quarterly, and he has reviews forthcoming in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art and Theatre Survey. He is currently at work on a monograph charting the development of modern tragicomedy as a response to tragedy’s ethical dictates and an article on Suzan-Lori Parks’s restaging of American mythologies.
Fields: Creative writing, journalism, songwriting
Research and Writing Interests: fiction, songwriting
Peter Vilbig has covered war and refugees in Central America as a stringer for The Boston Globe, crime and politics as a staff writer for the Miami Herald, and the Congress and federal agencies as an investigative reporter for a Washington DC-based news service distributed to 200 papers nationally. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Shenandoah, and 3:AM Magazine, among many other publications in the US and Europe. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA in English teaching from Brooklyn College and has taught first-year writing at New York University and CUNY’s Baruch College. As a public high school teacher in New York City, he taught advanced placement English at Midwood High School in Brooklyn. Most recently he has been writing songs and has performed in small venues in New York and Providence, and at the Rhode Island Folk Festival.
Fields: English and Comparative Literature
Research and Writing Interests: Classical and Renaissance literatures, colonial and postcolonial literatures, continental philosophy, and prison literature
Hudson Vincent is PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where he is completing a dissertation on the English baroque. His writing has appeared in a variety of academic publications, including Critical Inquiry, Modern Language Notes, and Modern Language Quarterly. Alongside his work in the Harvard College Writing Program, Hudson is a Pedagogy Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature and teaches at MCI-Norfolk through the Boston University Prison Education Program. His second book project is on the history of prison literature.
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.
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 dissertation explored the ways that Soviet-era Russian writers employed childhood as a way to negotiate their complex relationships to the state. Her research on Russian literature has appeared in the Slavic & Eastern European Journal and in Slavic Review. In addition, her work on Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s time in the USSR is forthcoming in Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) and Comparative Literature. A portion of her translation of Faiz’s travelogue is also forthcoming in Tulips in Bloom: An Anthology of Modern Central Asian Literature (Palgrave Macmillan). She is also the founder of an education company and creates videos about writing on her YouTube channel. 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.