People

ADMINISTRATION

 

Thomas Jehn

Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program

trjehn@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Karen Heath

Associate Director of the Harvard College Writing Program

Senior Preceptor

klheath@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: Creative Writing and Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Fiction

 

Karen Heath received her M.F.A. in fiction from Indiana University and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a Senior Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program, where she works on issues of program pedagogy and faculty development, as well as the Associate Director of the program. She is the course head for Expos Studio 10. She also teaches fiction writing at the Harvard Extension School.

 

 

James Herron

Director, Harvard Writing Project

jherron@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology

Research and Writing Interests:Pragmatics, linguistics, Latin America, Colombia, political economy, race, class

 

James is director of the Harvard Writing Project and has taught at Harvard since 2004. 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.

 

 

Jane Rosenzweig

Director, Harvard Writing Center

jrosenzw@fas.harvard.edu

 

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

Assistant Director of Administration for the Academic Resource Center and the Harvard College Writing Program

rskolnik@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Aubrey Everett

Program Coordinator, Harvard College Writing Program

aeverett@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Gregory Collins

Staff Assistant, Harvard College Writing Program

gacollins@fas.harvard.edu

 

Gregory Collins manages the operations of the Writing Program; with a focus on student service, faculty support, faculty appointments, events, and departmental communications.

 

 

FACULTY

 

 

Michael Allen

malllen@g.harvard.edu

 

Fields: English Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Transatlantic Literature, poetry and poetics, urban studies, the novel

 

Michael Allen is a PhD candidate in English at Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard, he earned a Master’s from the University of Oxford and a BA from George Washington University. At Oxford and Harvard, he has taught modern British literature, the American novel, and Anglo-American poetry. His academic work has been published in Textual Practice and the Keats-Shelley Review. He is the winner of the Francis J Child Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize, and the English Postgraduate Essay Prize.

 

Sheza Atiq

satiq@g.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Katie Baca

kbaca@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Erika Bailey

erika_bailey@harvard.edu

 

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. .

 

 

Pat Bellanca

pat_bellanca@harvard.edu

 

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

betz@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: United States History and Religious Studies

Research and Writing Interests: American Religious History; Church & State; History of American Childhood; Legal History; Theories of Religion; American Conservatism

 

 Jacob Betz is a historian of American religion. His research sits at the intersection of religion, law, and childhood—specifically how religious groups harness government power on behalf of their youngest members. Currently revising his dissertation into a book tentatively titled, “For the Souls of Children: American Faith and State Support of Religion, 1870-1970,” Betz has published on such topics as immigrant children’s religious freedom, Native American history, and the legality of religious contracts. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Chicago in 2022. At Chicago, he held a prize lectureship in the Human Rights Program, and he has advised and supervised undergraduate research at both Harvard and Chicago.

 

 

Collier Brown

brown10@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

Website: http://scbrownjr.com

 

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

willabrown@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Kate Clarke

kclarke@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

 

Nick Coburn-Palo

nicholas_coburnpalo@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: English and American Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Celebrity Politics, East Asian Security Studies, and Diplomat Training

 

Nick Coburn-Palo earned his MA and Ph.D. from Brown University in Political Science. He has over thirty years of instructional and lecturing experience at independent schools and universities on four continents, including Yale University (as a Program Dean for International Security Studies), the Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona), San Jose State University, and the Taipei American School. Dr. Coburn-Palo has longstanding professional relationships with the United Nations (UNITAR), including work at the Security Council level, as well as with a leading continental economic think tank, European House – Ambrosetti, specializing in speech writing and presentation, as well as negotiation strategies and conflict resolution. His academic interests include celebrity politics, East Asian security studies, and diplomat training.

Website: www.nickcoburnpalo.com

 

 

Matthew Cole

mbenjamincole@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Tad Davies

vdavies@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Margaret Deli

margaret_deli@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Terry Gipson

tgipson@fas.harvard.ed

 

Fields: Public Speaking, Communications, Public Relations, Visual Arts, Political Communication

Research and Writing Interests:  Art and Perception, Political Communication

Website: https://www.terrygipsonny.com

 

Terry Gipson has over 25 years of experience in communications, public relations, government affairs, marketing, mass media, experiential design, and he is a former New York State Senator. He previously served as a Director for MTV Networks where he collaborated with producers to develop live shows and promotional events for MTV and Nickelodeon. Terry is a regular commentator on the WAMC Public Radio Roundtable and a board member at the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership. Before coming to Harvard, he taught public speaking and communications as a lecturer at the State University of New York at New Paltz and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His interest in using art museums as communication teaching tools has been featured on the Academic Minute and published in Communication Teacher. Terry has an MFA in Theatre Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University.

 

 

J. Gregory Given

given@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Alexandra Gold

alexandra_gold@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: English, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Research and Writing Interests: poetry and poetics, visual art, gender studies, popular culture

Website: www.alexandrajgold.com

 

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.

 

 

Martin Greenup

mgreenup@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Amy Hanes

amh742@harvard.edu

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.

 

 

Eliza Holmes

eholmes@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Jonah Johnson

jmjohns@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Isabel Lane

ilane@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Taleen Mardirossian

taleenmardirossian@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: Creative Writing

Research and Writing Interests: Histories of violence, human rights, race, memory, gender, identity

 

Taleen Mardirossian holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she’s taught undergraduate writing. In the early part of her career, she studied law and worked in the legal field with a concentration in criminal law. From teaching street law to creative writing, she has extensive experience designing courses for students in her local community and abroad. She is currently working on a collection of essays about the body and identity.

 

 

Richard Joseph Martin 

rmartin01@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: Anthropology, Folklore and Mythology, Gender Studies

Research and Writing Interests: Agency, consent, education, ethnography, geography, identity, kinship, magic, monsters, phenomenology, play, 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 scholarly interests include contemporary kinship, educational reform, imaginative geographies, modern folklore, queer sexuality, 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, where he currently serves as Research Advisor in Humanities. Before coming to Harvard, he taught in the Writing Program and Anthropology Department at Princeton University.

 

 

Ross Martin 

rossmartin@fas.harvard.edu

 

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 intellectual history in the Americas up to 1865, specializing in the comparative study of scientific, philosophical, and legal ideas as they appear in literary writing.

 

 

Keating McKeon

keatingmckeon@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Rachel Meyer

meyer2@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: Sociology

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

Website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/rachelmeyer

 

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.

 

 

Ryan Napier

ryan_napier@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

David Nee

dnee@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Jen Nguyen

trannguyen@g.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Lee Nishri-Howitt

lee_nishri-howitt@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Brian Pietras

bpietras@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: Literature; history; gender and sexuality studies 

Research and Writing Interests: Medieval and early modern literature; the history of sexuality; feminist and queer theory; twentieth-century LGBTQ+ cultures

 

Pietras holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Rutgers University. His scholarly articles have been published in The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Renaissance Drama, Spenser Studies, and elsewhere.

 

Trained as an early modernist, his work on the history of sexuality has led to a new project that investigates queer life in America before Stonewall. Prior to coming to Harvard, he taught in the Writing Program and Freshman Seminars Program at Princeton. 

 

 

Kelsey Quigley

kelsey_quigley@harvard.edu

 

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    

eraymer@fas.harvard.edu

 

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 the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University, where she taught classes offered through the Program in Behavioral Biology, the Department of the History of Science and Technology, and the Program in Expository Writing. Her scholarly interests include the development of the modern life sciences, evolutionary theory, the environmental humanities, and the philosophy of science. At Harvard, she teaches writing courses focused on biomedical and environmental ethics. She also serves as the faculty director of the Writing and Public Service Initiative and on the Board of First-Year Advisers. She worked for the National Academy of Sciences before she began her doctorate.

 

 

Hannah Rosefield

rosefield@g.harvard.edu

 

Fields: English literature, social history

Research and Writing Interests: Victorian literature, history of marriage and the family, contemporary literature and culture

 

Hannah Rosefield is a writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in publications including the New Yorker online, the New Republic, the New Statesman, Vice and The White Review, and she has worked as an editor at the Harvard Review and the Guardian. 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. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in English at Harvard.

 

 

Erin Routon

erinrouton@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: Cultural Anthropology; Latinx Studies 

Research and Writing Interests: Immigration; incarceration; care; activism; borders; new religious movements; material culture; 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 dissertation research focused on legal advocacy projects serving incarcerated asylum-seeking families in Texas. Publications on this research are featured in Cultural Anthropology, the Journal of Refugee Studies, and the University of Oxford’s Border Criminologies blog. She is currently working on a graphic novel based upon this research. 

 

 

Sparsha Saha

saha@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: Government

Research and Writing Interests: International relations, women and politics, political psychology, group-based violence, survey experiments

Website: www.sparshasaha.com

 

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.

 

 

 

John Sampson

john_sampson@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: American literature

Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture; urban history; composition and writing center studies.

 

John Sampson holds a Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University. He has published articles in NOVEL, American Literary Realism, and the Henry James Review. He also has a book chapter forthcoming in Paris in the Americas, an interdisciplinary edited volume, which traces the French influences on the built environment of Washington, D.C. Before coming to Harvard, he served as Director of the Johns Hopkins Writing Center and was a writing instructor and administrator with the West Point Writing Program.  

 

 

Adam Scheffler

scheffl@fas.harvard.edu

 

Fields: Creative Writing, Poetry, and Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Poetry Writing and Criticism

Website: adamscheffler.com

 

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 two books of poems, A Dog’s Life (2016) and Heartworm (forthcoming) and his poems appear in numerous literary journals. He was a resident tutor in Currier house for five years.

 

 

Ian Shank

ian_shank@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Gillian Sinnott

gsinnott@fas.harvard.edu

 

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. 

 

 

Kristen Starkowski

kstarkowski@fas.harvard.edu

 

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..

 

 

Tracy Strauss

tlstrauss@fas.harvard.edu

 

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 Newsweek, 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."

 

 

Zachary Stuart

zbstuart@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Julia Tejblum

jtejblum@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Elliott Turley

eturley@fas.harvard.edu

 

Field: Theatre, Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Modern Tragicomedy, 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. His scholarly work can be found in Modern Drama, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Modern Language Quarterly, and he has published performance and book reviews in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art and Theatre Survey. He is currently at work on a book on the history of modern tragicomedy.

 

 

 

Peter Vilbig

pvilbig@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.

 

 

Hudson Vincent

rvincent@g.harvard.edu

 

Fields: English and Comparative Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Classical and Renaissance literatures, colonial and postcolonial literatures, continental philosophy, and prison literature

Website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/hudsonvincent

 

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.

 

 

Mande Zecca

mande_zecca@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.