Thomas Jehn

Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program


Fields: English Literature and Academic Writing

Research and Writing Interests: Secondary school and college writing pedagogy, Institutional histories of literary studies, academic activism, and 60s culture


Tom Jehn is the Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program, where he has taught and administered for the past 21 years. He has served on the Standing Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, the Committee on Academic Integrity, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Writing and Speaking. He has directed the Harvard Writing Project, a professional development and publications program for faculty members and graduate student instructors across the disciplines at the University. He designed and oversaw Harvard’s first community outreach writing and speaking program at the Harvard Allston Education Portal, where he now serves as a member of its Advisory Board. He has also directed the writing center for Harvard’s Extension School. He has been a contributing author for a series of best-selling composition textbooks published by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. As the program officer and board member for the Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athenaeum, an arts and education charity, he designed and led financing for university-partnered writing centers at eight Boston city high schools serving more than 3,000 students. He has taught numerous professional development courses on writing pedagogy for secondary school and college instructors across the country and has collaborated with the National Writing Project. He also advises university writing programs and conducts communications training for companies and non-profits. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.



Karen Heath

Associate Director of the Harvard College Writing Program

Senior Preceptor


Fields: Creative Writing and Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Fiction


Karen Heath received her M.F.A. in fiction from Indiana University. She is a Senior Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program and the course head for Expository Writing 10. She also teaches fiction writing at the Harvard Extension School.



James Herron

Director, Harvard Writing Project


Fields: Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology

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


James Herron has taught at Harvard since 2004 and is director of the Harvard Writing Project. He has a Ph.D. in cultural and linguistic anthropology from the University of Michigan. At Harvard he has taught courses on 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


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


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



Alex Gaydos

Coordinator, Harvard College Writing Program


Alex Gaydos coordinates course registration, faculty appointments, department events, and the administration of the writing exam, and works with the Writing Program's senior leadership and faculty to support the development of new resources and initiatives.





Katie Baca


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.



David Barber


Fields: Creative Writing and Editing

Research and Writing Interests: Poetry, English and American folk ballads, natural history art and literature, children's literature



David Barber is the poetry editor of The Atlantic, where he has been on staff since 1994. He is the author of three collections of poems published by Northwestern University Press: The Spirit Level (winner of the Terrence Des Pres Prize), Wonder Cabinet, and Secret History (forthcoming in late 2019). He has taught literature and writing at Middlebury College, MIT, and the Emerson College graduate writing program, and received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, PEN New England, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Parnassus, The New York Times Book Review, and recently anthologized in the Best American Poetry series, The Word Exchange: Anglo Saxon Poems in Translation, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets.



Pat Bellanca


Fields: English and American Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Gothic fiction, academic writing


Pat Bellanca holds degrees in English from Wellesley College (B.A.) and Rutgers University (M.A., Ph.D.). In addition to teaching in the Harvard College Writing Program, where she is a Head Preceptor, she directs the writing programs in Harvard's Division of Continuing Education. She is also co-author of The Short Guide to College Writing, currently in its fifth edition.



Jacob Betz


Field: American History

Research and Writing Interests: Religious history, legal history, theories of religion, human rights, Native American history


Jacob Betz is completing his Ph.D. in American History at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests focus on religious pluralism in American history. His dissertation explores the struggles for religious freedom by minority groups in the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. He has held a prize lectureship in the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program and has published on both Native America and immigrant children’s religious freedom. Prior to coming to Harvard, he taught for seven years in the University of Chicago’s Writing Program.



Collier Brown


Field: American Studies

Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth- 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.



Sarah Case


Field: Early modern literature

Research and Writing Interests: Poetry and poetics, environmental humanities, gender studies, history of the book


Sarah Case received her Ph.D. from the Princeton English Department in 2018. Her research focuses on early modern literature, and her current project explores the role that poetry played in political debates about monarchy and succession during the reign of England’s Elizabeth I. She currently serves as a co-faculty director of Harvard’s Writing and Public Service Initiative.



Matthew Cole


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


Field: American Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Political novels, history and theory of the novel, American studies


Tad Davies received his Ph.D. in English from University of California, Irvine and before coming to Harvard taught an array of literary and cultural studies courses at Bryant University. His academic interests lay in the intersection between literature and politics—particularly as they meet in the U.S. of the 1960s.



Maggie Doherty


Fields: Journalism, American Literature and History, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Research and Writing Interests: Feminist Theory and History, Contemporary Literature


Maggie Doherty holds a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University and a B.A., also in English, from Yale University. Her first book, The Equivalents (Knopf 2020), tells the story of five women writers and artists who met and became friends at the Radcliffe Institute in the early 1960s and who helped launch second-wave feminism. Her essays and reviews can be found in The Nation, The New Republic, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.



Janling Fu


Fields: Hebrew Bible, Archaeology

Research and Writing Interests: Food, Anthropology of Space, Philology, Cultural studies, Ceramics (typology and petrography)


Janling Fu’s work revolves around the intersection of food and the development of the monarchy in ancient Israel. He has extensive archaeological experience in Israel and Turkey and was one of the excavators working on the recently discovered Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon. He is currently working on a series of publication projects, among which is a forthcoming handbook on food in ancient Israel (Bloomsbury).



Alexandra Gold


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.



Martin Greenup


Field: American Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature, poetry and poetics, the short story, religion, aesthetics, romanticism, ecocriticism


Martin Greenup received his B.A. in English from the University of Cambridge and his M.A. in English from Harvard University where he is currently completing his Ph.D. His dissertation, “The Aesthetics of Animation in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” examines the intersection of religious ideas and literary form in Dickinson’s work, looking at the ways in which the poet brings her poems to life and charges them with a spiritual quality. He has taught extensively at Harvard and also served as the Departmental Writing Fellow in the English Department.



Jonah Johnson


Fields: German Studies and Comparative Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment German literature and philosophy, lyric, genre theory, reception of classical antiquity


Jonah Johnson received his Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2009. His research focuses on the relationship between literature and philosophy, particularly among German thinkers in the decades following the French Revolution. He is currently working on a book project in which he follows the emergence of tragedy as a discursive strategy within post-Kantian philosophy and explores the consequences of this discourse for early Romantic drama. He has taught courses on literature and culture in the German Department and Great Books Program at Michigan. He holds a B.A. in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from Oberlin College.



Richard Joseph Martin


Fields: Anthropology, Folklore and Mythology, Gender Studies

Research and Writing Interests: Agency, 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.



Rachel Meyer


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



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.



Lindsay Mitchell


Field: Creative Writing

Research and Writing Interests: Fiction and cultural criticism


Lindsay Mitchell holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She has taught essay writing courses at the University of Iowa and the Harvard Extension School, as well as fiction writing courses at the Harvard Summer School. She is currently a non-resident writing tutor at Currier House.



Shannon Monaghan


Field: Modern European History

Research and Writing Interests: War and society, secularization and resacralization, population politics, the development of democracy, and human rights



Shannon Monaghan holds degrees in History from Yale College (B.A.) and Boston College (M.A., Ph.D.). Before earning her doctorate, she worked for an international management consultancy, advising clients in industries ranging from specialty retail to electric utilities. A historian of modern Europe and the First World War by training, her interests include the history of war and society, secularization and resacralization, population politics, the development of democracy, and human rights. She is the author of Protecting Democracy from Dissent: Population Engineering in Western Europe, 1918-1926 (Routledge, 2018). She is currently working on two book projects. One examines the emergence of new ideas about human rights in the aftermath of the First World War. The other is a new history of trauma, from shell shock to PTSD.



Ryan Napier


Field: British literature

Research and Writing Interests: Nineteenth-century literature, theory of the novel, religion and literature


Ryan Napier holds a PhD from Tufts University and an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School. His research interests include the novel, liberalism, and religion. A book of his short fiction, Four Stories about the Human Face, is available from Bull City Press.



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.



Kip Richardson


Field: Religion

Research and Writing Interests: American religious history, global evangelicalism, theories of religion, fiction


Kip Richardson is finishing a dissertation in Religion at Harvard University on the rise of the evangelical megachurch in the United States as well as abroad. In addition to his academic writing, he has worked at different times as an in-house proofreader of textbooks, a freelance editor of commercial fiction, and a ghostwriter in various genres. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and currently serves as a Resident Tutor in Winthrop House.



Ramyar Rossoukh


Field: Anthropology

Research and Writing Interests: Iran, Middle East, film and media studies, critical theory, outer space


Ramyar Rossoukh received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard in 2014. He is completing a book manuscript that is an ethnographic study of the Iranian film industry. Prior to the Harvard College Writing Program, he was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard. He has also taught at Brandeis University and was the project manager of Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran, a digital archive and website project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Hannah Rosefield


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.



Ben Roth


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.



Sparsha Saha


Field: Government

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



Sparsha Saha received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Harvard, and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examines the causes of severe protest policing violence in Iran since 1979, and her current research focuses on the effects of gender and dress on women in politics and society.



Adam Scheffler


Fields: Creative Writing, Poetry, and Literature

Research and Writing Interests: Poetry Writing and Criticism



Adam Scheffler received an A.B. in English from Harvard, an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard. He has taught courses at Harvard and the University of Iowa on such topics as 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.



Jessie Schwab


Field: Psychology

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.



Maria Stalford


Fields: Social anthropology, public health, critical media practice

Research and Writing Interests: Medical anthropology, Asian studies, global health, documentary film and video

Maria Stalford holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology, with a secondary field in critical media practice, from Harvard University. Her dissertation focused on the role of family and social support in patients’ pathways to accessing cancer treatment in contemporary Vietnam. She also holds an M.P.H. in international health from the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health).



Julia Tejblum


Fields: British Literature, Romanticism, poetry and poetics, narrative theory

Research and Writing Interests:

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.



Adrienne Tierney


Fields: Human Development and Psychology

Research and Writing Interests: Neurocognitive development, developmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder), social development


Adrienne Tierney received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Science in Society from Wesleyan University and her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on brain development in infants, particularly as it relates to the development of social cognitive skills. She also has a background in examining how cognitive science research can inform teaching practices to promote learning in the classroom and in more informal environments. Beyond Expos, she is a research advisor and instructor at the Harvard Extension School in their psychology master's program.



Ezer Vierba


Fields: Latin American History; Crime and Punishment in the Americas

Research and Writing Interests: Crime, Punishment and subject formation in Latin America, Panamanian History, Liberation Theology; the Cold War; peasant studies, philosophy of history



Ezer Vierba received a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Yale (2013). Before joining the Writing Program, he taught the Latin American field at Harvard's Program in History and Literature. He has written and taught on the history of crime and punishment in the Americas, environmental history, and about religion in the Americas. He has been a practitioner and student of Buddhist meditation for a decade, and his new course, "Buddhism, Mindfulness and the Practical Mind," investigates the controversy over mindfulness in the West. His book, On the Way to Santa Fe: Power, Subject and Form in Panamá, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.



Hudson Vincent


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.



Jeffrey Wilson


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.



Eve Wittenberg


Field: Health Policy

Research and Writing Interests: medical decision making, health economics, decision psychology, scientific writing for journals


Eve Wittenberg is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Resident Scholar at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator of Harvard University. She studies medical decision making, decision psychology, and health policy. Her research has been published in medical and health economics journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, PharmacoEconomics, and Medical Decision Making. She holds a doctorate in Health Policy from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to teaching in Expos, she teaches in the Risk and Decision Science curriculum and the Executive and Continuing Professional Education program at HSPH.



Lusia Zaitseva


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 is forthcoming 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). Before joining the Writing Program, she served as a writing instructor and tutor for over a decade.



Mande Zecca


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.



David Carter


Field: 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 Clarke


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.




Lee Nishri-Howitt


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.




Zachary Stuart


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.



Margie Zohn


Field: Communications and Leadership Development

Research and Writing Interests: Theatre



Zohn has taught communication and presentation skills and coached senior leaders in the academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors for the past 20 years. She has also written and performed numerous solo shows and acted professionally with Shakespeare & Company, The Lyric Stage, and Anna Deveare Smith's Institute on The Arts and Civic Dialogue. Margie earned her B.A. from Brown University and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.