Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Graduate Writing Consultants

Music Department

Knar Abrahamyan is a third-year music theory PhD student in the Department of Music. Her research interests include Soviet and Russian music and literature, philosophy, and sound studies. In 2016-17, Knar has completed a Fulbright fellowship in Moscow where she conducted research on Soviet opera. Before coming to Yale, she received undergraduate degrees in music and communications, as well as a masters in piano performance at Lee University; after her time at Lee, she pursued a masters in music theory at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Knar looks forward to working with students on research papers, presentations, abstracts, and grant applications.

 

Kelly Aho
Forestry and Environmental Studies

Kelly is a third-year Ph.D. student in Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). Her research focuses on carbon cycle biogeochemistry. She also holds a BA in Biology from Dartmouth College and a MESc from Yale FES. She is interested in clear science writing for both scientific journals and other outlets.

German

Anna is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in German, currently writing a dissertation on animal perspectives in German literature and thought. Her primary research interests include Romantic aesthetics, the afterlife of Romanticism in literary modernism, and critical theory that works to illuminate and deconstruct the tacit assumptions we make about “the human” and “the animal.” Anna holds a B.M. in Music Performance and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University. There, she wrote a senior thesis on the double theme of music and animality in Kafka’s late animal stories and a master’s thesis on the concept of hunger in Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist” and Knut Hamsun’s Hunger. Prior to coming to Yale, Anna spent a year in Göttingen, Germany working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Anna has experience with a variety of academic genres, including fellowship applications, conference abstracts, theses, prospectus writing, and teaching statements. She looks forward to assisting fellow students from across the arts and humanities at all stages of their projects.  

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Sol is a 4th-year Ph.D. student in Neuroscience. Work in her lab focuses on the role of spontaneous (not sensory-evoked) activity in the proper wiring and development of sensory systems. Her main project focuses on the functional outcomes after the visual system’s main activity driver is removed. In addition to writing and proofreading for scientific courses, abstracts, and papers, Sol spent 2.5 years working with the Ethics Committee of the Society for Neuroscience. During that time, she was tasked with investigating allegations of scientific misconduct.  This experience provided her with a broad appreciation of scientific disciplines and a unique understanding of the nuanced codes of conduct in publishing. She finds these rules to be important, useful, but often forgotten. In the upcoming years, Sol hopes to share her knowledge and assist with all scientific writing, independent of the target audience.

Psychology

Michael Bronstein is a fourth-year student in the Psychology department. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Washington and Lee University. His current research focuses on understanding why individuals develop and maintain false beliefs (e.g., delusions) in the face of disconfirmatory evidence. He is especially happy to assist with all types of scientific writing, including grant proposals.

FASPSY Psychology

Vlad Chituc is a PhD student in Social Psychology studying moral judgment and decision making. He grew up in a small town in rural, upstate New York before graduating from Yale in 2012 with a B.S, in social psychology. As an undergraduate at Yale, he learned how to become a better writer and how better writing could be taught. He spent the next five years at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he studied behavioral economics and dishonesty while also pursuing freelance nonfiction writing. He wrote pieces about research in the social sciences for outlets like The New York Times, The New Republic, New Scientist, and The Daily Beast. He really, really loves dogs.

Religious Studies

Lynna Dhanani is a PhD candidate in Asian Religions in the Department of Religous Studies. Her dissertation explores the confluence of inter-religious polemics, philosophical debate, devotional themes, and poetics in the Sanskrit hymns of a Jain monastic scholar writing at the courts of two Hindu kings in twelfth-century western India. Prior to coming to Yale, she studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia,​ from which she obtained an MA in the History of Religion. She graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in International Relations. She has spent several years living and studying throughout the Indian subcontinent, as well as in France, Morocco, and Syria. She is a practitioner of the classical Indian dance form of bhāratanāṭyam and has worked as a docent at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art. Lynna looks forward to assisting students with writing at all phases, in the arts and humanities and beyond.

Danica Doroski
FESOTH Other

Danica is a first-year Ph.D. student in Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). Her research focuses urban forestry; she is especially interested in examining ways to incorporate silvicultural techniques and theories from rural forests to urban ones. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Bates College and a MFS from Yale FES. She is happy to help students with academic and non-academic science writing as well as, grant and fellowship proposals.

FASRST Religious Studies

Danny is a fourth-year PhD student in Religious Studies. His research focuses on the social history of ancient Christianity, especially on forms of monasticism and the construction and experience of emotions in antiquity.  Prior to coming to Yale, he completed his M.A. in Mediterranean religions at the University of Helsinki and his B.A. in history at Pomona College; additionally, he spent some years as an English teacher at the high school and university levels in South Korea.  He has experience with most forms of writing in the humanities, including peer-reviewed research articles, conference abstracts and presentations, fellowship applications, and book reviews.  He is very happy to assist with writing projects of all sorts in the humanities and social sciences.

MEDASA Academic and Scientific Affairs

Michael is a current third-year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. His research focuses on understanding how the human brain processes taste and flavor, as well as discovering neural biomarkers for obesity risk. Before coming to Yale, he worked as a laboratory manager at Florida International University, where he served as a mentor and advisor to several research assistants. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology and a minor in Italian studies. He looks forward to working with students in variety of disciplines, but particularly enjoys editing manuscripts in the natural sciences.

 

Lauren Gonzalez
Genetics

Lauren is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Genetics department. She studies the molecular mechanisms that control early development, with a particular focus on the role of RNA biology in embryonic axis determination. Lauren also has worked in a variety of other biological fields, including structural biology and plant molecular biology, and has experience writing research manuscripts, grant and fellowship applications, and conference abstracts. She looks forward to working with any students in the natural sciences on these types of projects, or on any other type of writing. 

Latin American History

Carlos Hernández is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History who specializes in modern Mexico. His dissertation examines the emergence and expansion of beach tourism in Cancún and the Yucatán Peninsula more broadly. Among other funding agencies, his research has been supported by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the Center for Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). His forthcoming article in The Latin American Research Review, “Legitimacy without Legality: Political Violence, National Belonging, and the Mexican State after 1910,” reconsiders traditional approaches to nation-state formation.

In addition to serving as a teaching fellow and writing consultant, Carlos has worked with the Office of Career Strategies and La Casa Cultural Latina. Last summer he was also appointed Research Assistant to the Dean of the Yale Law School for a special project related to diversity and inclusion at YLS. He returns to the Graduate Writing Lab this fall after conducting a year of dissertation research in Mexico, where he was a Fox Fellow at El Colegio de México in Mexico City.

Throughout his career, Carlos has been committed to making the academy a more welcoming space for historically underrepresented populations. He believes that scholarly writing should be accessible to the general public, and he enjoys working with graduate students across the humanities and social sciences to make that possible. In his spare time, he is collaborating with the Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) program, a local community organization, and Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition to develop a high school curriculum about Latinx history.

 

Comparative Literature

Pelin Kivrak is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her dissertation project examines the re-emergence of cosmopolitanism and the concept of hospitality in literature and film of the late twentieth century. She worked as an ESL tutor and writing partner at Yale College Writing Center for two years before becoming a Graduate Writing Consultant. Pelin holds a BA in Literature from Harvard University and an MPhil from Yale University.

History of Art and Renaissance Studies

Jakub is a Ph.D. student in History of Art and Renaissance Studies. His dissertation focuses on the development of pastoral themes in painting in sixteenth-century Italy. He is particularly interested in looking for relationships between the visual arts and literature. Before Yale, Jakub completed his undergraduate degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He is interested in all types of writing in the arts and humanities.

Xavier Lee
Comparative Literature

Xavier is a first-year PhD student in the department of comparative literature. He received his BA in comparative literature and French and Francophone studies from Swarthmore College in 2017 where he was a Mellon Mays Fellow. His research interests include Franco- and Anglophone African and African-American literature, cultural studies and critical theory. His research focuses primarily on twentieth century prose.

History

Josh is a third-year PhD student (ABD) in the History Department at Yale, and this is his second year as a Graduate Writing Consultant. He completed an undergraduate degree in History and French at McGill and an MA in History at York University. His SSHRC-funded dissertation research examines the role of race and economics in the development of modern Mexican health politics. At the Graduate Writing Lab, he helps students from the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences communicate their ideas with precision and elegance. 

Maryam Parhizkar
American Studies & African American Studies

Maryam is in her fourth year in the combined Ph.D. program in African American Studies and American Studies. She studies the intersection of politics, race, performance, and institutional/counter-institutional histories of aesthetics in the United States. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Maryam completed her MA in American Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center while working for various New York City arts organizations. In addition to writing and presenting academic work, she holds several years of professional experience in grantmaking and editorial work with artists and writers. While her expertise is predominantly in the arts and humanities, she looks forward to discussing drafts with students in any field. 

History

Barbara Pohl is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. She studies the history of psychology in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Much of her dissertation research focuses on different genres of scientific writing. Before coming to Yale, Barbara received her B.A. with honors in the Science in Society Program from Wesleyan University in 2011. She received an M.A. in Bioethics from New York University in 2012. She served as a research assistant for the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College until 2014. Barbara is happy to assist students in the humanities or sciences with their academic or popular writing.

LAWADM Finance & Administration

Brent Salter is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at Yale Law School. His dissertation is a legal and business history of the American theatre, focusing on the history of copyright and the American playwright. Brent has undergraduate and graduate qualifications in history, performance studies, economics, and law. He has experience writing and assessing peer-reviewed papers, monographs, fellowship and grant applications, literature reviews, teaching statements, prospectuses, and conference abstracts. Brent looks forward to learning more about projects in any field, and especially the law, history, arts and the humanities.

Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticsim

Ariel Sibert is a fourth-year DFA candidate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. Her research interests include media theory and the role of technology in performance, as well as seventeenth- and eighteenth-century German dramatic literature. She holds a BA in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University; there, her senior thesis work examined acts of resistance to dominant art economies in early Internet art. After completing her degree, Ariel worked for two years as a senior copywriter and content strategist at a digital design agency, and for one year as a Literary Fellow at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her writing has been published in Text & Presentation, Theater magazine, and American Theatre. Her past experience offers her a range of skills writing for a variety of audiences, from the general public to non-profit organizations to the academic community. She welcomes students from across the arts and the humanities, in particular, those working in English and Art History, and those students whose research touches on science, technology, or the digital humanities.

Ashley Sizer
Pharmacology

Ashley is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Pharmacology department. She received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Since coming to Yale, Ashley was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her thesis work on the role of epigenetics in the regulation of vascular smooth muscle cell phenotype. She has experience in writing scientific manuscripts, literature reviews, editorials, prospectuses, fellowship applications, and conference abstracts. Ashley is looking forward to consulting with students in the natural sciences with these or other writing projects!

FESOTH Other

Mario is a third-year Ph.D. student in hydrology at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research focuses on characterizing the impacts of unconventional energy development on groundwater systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Philippines and a joint master’s degree in Sustainability Science from the United Nations University and the University of Tokyo. Mario has experience writing for academic and non-academic outlets, and is happy to assist students in all types of science writing projects.

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Svetlana is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests are early 20th-century Russian literature and visual arts, modernism, food studies, sensory studies, and the body. Before Yale, she was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Brown University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Philology from Saratov State University in Russia. Svetlana is interested in all types of writing in the arts and humanities. She has considerable experience in writing grant applications and conference proposals and has worked extensively with multilingual students.

FASLIN Linguistics

Matt is a fifth-year PhD student in the Linguistics Department. He grew up in London and graduated with a BA from Cambridge University in 2013. His research is in syntactic theory, with a particular focus on case-marking and verbal agreement, and how languages employ these tools to convey relations between events and their participants. As part of his research, he spends time in Mississippi working with speakers of Choctaw, an indigenous American language, to document and analyze the grammar of their language. He looks forward to helping students in the social sciences, or any other field, with their research papers and presentations.

 

FESOTH Other

Stephanie is a third-year Ph.D. student in environmental economics at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES). Her research focuses on transportation and electricity systems. Stephanie received a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford, where she also worked as a copy editor at the Stanford Daily.

FASCHM Chemistry

Catherine is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry department. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in 2015. Her research at Yale involves the study of proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) in electrochemical systems, and she is currently investigating PCET reactivity at metal oxide electrodes. Catherine has experience writing scientific manuscripts, proposals, and review articles and is looking forward to working with fellow graduate students on their writing projects!