Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Graduate Writing Fellows

Music Department

Knar Abrahamyan is a sixth-year student in the Department of Music. Her research focuses on Armenian and Kazakh opera to examine colonial practices of the Soviet state. She holds degrees in piano performance, communication studies, and music theory from Lee University and Indiana University. Her research interests include sound studies, postcolonial studies, music and philosophy, posthumanism, environmental humanities, and animal studies. Entering her fourth year as a GWL fellow, Knar is excited to work with students on any research projects, as well as grant proposals, artist statements, and job application materials. 

DRAADM Administration

Rebecca Adelsheim is a fourth-year M.F.A. student in the School of Drama studying Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism. Their research interests include queer drama and performance, archives, and women playwrights in Britain. Rebecca has served as a managing editor for Theater Magazine, and as a dramaturg on many YSD projects including their upcoming co-adaptation of Sarah Waters’s AFFINITY in Spring 2022. Before coming to Yale, Rebecca freelanced as a new play dramaturg and editor and produced for theater companies including Steppenwolf, Baltimore Center Stage, 2nd Story, and Victory Gardens Theater. Rebecca received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and is thrilled to work with academic and creative writers in the humanities at all stages of their work!

History of Science and Medicine

Kamil Ahsan is a 3rd year PhD student in History of Science and Medicine at Yale. His research is focused on the histories of coral reefs using many different kinds of coral research for a holistic historical understanding of the risks anthropogenic climate change poses to reefs, using work across scientific disciplines in the 19th and 20th centuries. As an interdisciplinary scholar, his work uses tools of environmental history, history of science, philosophy, STS, and literary theory to understand the texture of historical narrative, oral histories, and histories of the present. He is particularly interested in how the natural sciences and the humanities speak to one another. Prior to Yale, he received a PhD in Developmental Biology at the University of Chicago, using embryology, genetics, molecular and cellular approaches in the zebrafish model system, as well as evolutionary biology, to ask specific questions about how vertebrate embryos are patterned. He is also a journalist, essayist, and critic who has written for The Nation, L.A. Review of Books, NPR, The Baffler, Dissent, The Boston-Globe, and more.

FASRST Religious Studies

Danny is a sixth-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.

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Josie is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Her work focuses on understanding how different proteins regulate the shape and structure of neurons in our brains. Before starting at Yale, she received her B.A. in Biochemistry and Mathematics from Grinnell College in Iowa. She is the recipient of an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship, and looks forward to working with students on all types of scientific writing.

MEDSPH School of Public Health

Kelsie is a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on Legionnaires’ disease and environmental risk factors related to trends in infectious disease. She is currently a co-editor in chief of Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine where she has also worked as their Podcast Coordinator. She has experience editing manuscripts that include statistical methods, large datasets, and complex study designs to improve clarity.   

FASANT Anthropology

Carlye is a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Anthropology Department. Her research focuses on environmental exposures and maternal and infant health, and she holds a BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Carlye enjoys helping others through all stages of the writing process, from outlines and ideas to the finishing touches of a piece, although she particularly likes working with grant applications. 


Adriana is a 7th year MD/PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. Her dissertation research investigates human-specific features of cerebellar development using cell culture and organoid models. She received her M.Phil. in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and her A.B. in Molecular Biology at Princeton University. She has experience with writing research articles, NIH grant applications, fellowship applications, as well as creative essays. She is happy to help with all stages of writing in the sciences.

FASPSY Psychology

Vlad Chituc is a 5th year 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. 


Ellen is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department. Her research focuses on understanding how biochemical mechanisms are disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders. Before matriculating at Yale, she received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Kenyon College in Ohio. She is the recipient of an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein F31 pre-doctoral fellowship, and enjoys working with students on all types of scientific writing.


Daisy Duan (she/her/hers) is a third year PhD student in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in the Koleske Lab. It was not until attending high school and taking physical sciences classes Daisy was fascinated with how biology and physics concepts could be combined to help us understand biological phenomena. Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins with degrees in Biophysics and Applied Math & Stats, Daisy became the first in her family to not only finish high school but college. Now at Yale, Daisy is currently focused on elucidating the mechanism by which a tyrosine kinase impacts microtubule dynamics to regulate cellular morphogenesis and migration. Outside of the lab, Daisy loves to explore new cities, hike, and cook with friends in her spare time.

FASHIS History

Emilie is a sixth Ph.D. candidate in History. Her dissertation focuses on eugenics and family planning in twentieth-century Latin America. She also holds a master’s degree in women’s and gender history from Sarah Lawrence College. Emilie enjoys helping humanities and social science researchers identify topics and improve all styles of academic writing. She especially enjoys assisting students in early planning stages of writing projects and with interdisciplinary writing. Emilie joined the writing lab as a McDougal/Poorvu Writing Fellow in 2018. Along with her work as a writing consultant, she has coordinated peer-review groups for master’s thesis and dissertation writers and taught workshops on writing and research topics. In addition to her dissertation, her current writing projects center on medical humanities, accessible pedagogy, and reproductive health.

FASHIS History

Breeanna is a third-year PhD student in the History of Science and Medicine program. She specializes in African history and focuses on transformations in healing cultures born from migrations and environmental change. Her methodologies include ethnographic, archival, oral history, and ethnobotanical research. Prior to Yale, Breeanna received her A.B. in History and African and African American Studies from Harvard College. She also earned her teacher licensure from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2015. This is Breeanna’s second year at the GWL and she has also worked as a writing partner at the Yale College Writing Center. She is happy to support writers at all stages in their work. 


SOMRES Research Units

Michael Farruggia is a PhD/MBA student, and a member of both the Yale School of Management and Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. Over the past summer, Michael worked as a corporate development intern at a food technology firm in the plant-based meat space. His PhD 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.


FASPSC Political Science

Morgan Galloway is a 6th year doctoral candidate in the Political Science department. Her work focuses on memory and state violence, paying particular attention to the role of individual agency in the memorialization process. Her work is interdisciplinary; it joins disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. As a Graduate Writing Lab Fellow, Morgan looks forward to helping graduate students write more clearly and concisely while maintaining their own individual voice. 

MEDGEN Genetics

Cecelia is a 4th year PhD student in Genetics. Her research focuses on non-coding RNA and ribosome biogensis. Before graduate school, Cecelia studied Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Art History at Rollins College in Florida where she studied viral microRNAs. Cecelia is a current NSF GRFP Fellow and a previous NASA CTSGC Graduate Fellow. She is excited to work with students on their grant and fellowship applications, as well as any other piece of writing.
In her free time, Cecelia enjoys swimming, baking, and volunteering with a local cat shelter.

ACACWS College Work Study

Margaret is a second-year MAR student at the Divinity School, studying Religion and Literature with a focus on the intersections between social justice, religion and the arts. She has a BA in English from Yale and an MA in English Teaching from Brooklyn College. Before returning to Yale, she taught English at the middle and high school level for twelve years in Brooklyn, NY. She also taught English in Wuhan, China. She has experience working with ESL writers, and is excited to work with graduate students on writing projects of all kinds in the humanities or social sciences.

FASHOA History of Art

Elizabeth is a second-year PhD student in History of Art. She received her A.B. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard College in 2018. The recipient of a 2018 Marshall Scholarship, she completed MA degrees in Art History and Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2019 and 2020. She specializes in the art of the United States, and her research interests include the history of American photography, ecocritical approaches to art history, and the intersections of scientific and visual cultures in the nineteenth-century US. Outside of the classroom, she is passionate about accessibility and inclusion in art museums, and she has held internships at the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Tate Britain. She looks forward to working with students on all types of writing projects in the humanities.

FASHIS History

Eva is a third-year Ph.D. student in History. Her research explores colonial British America and the wider early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the intersection of gender and political economy. She is also interested in the integration of network analysis, spatial analysis, and other digital methodologies in humanities projects. Eva received her B.A. in History from Yale College in 2017. Before returning to New Haven for graduate studies, she worked as an education policy researcher and freelance editor. She looks forward to supporting humanities and social science students at any stage in the writing process. 

Religious Studies

Joseph Lee/이상욱 is a 3rd year PhD student in Religious Studies (he/him/his and/or they/them). Their research focuses on the intersection between race, disability/crip, empire, and early Christianity. In particular he focuses on ancient medical discourses, from Hippocrates to Galen, as well as how these discourses shape and inform ancient Christianity. They hold an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and an MA in Religious Studies from Yale University. They enjoy working with students from all backgrounds within the humanities and have several years of experience especially working with international students.

Xavier Lee
Comparative Literature

Xavier is a fifth-year Ph.D student in comparative literature. He specializes in Black Atlantic literatures of English and French expression. His dissertation project theorizes the uses of the history of enslavement in novels by black writers since 1960. He is well versed in critical theory, cultural studies, postcolonial thought, and poststructuralism.

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Jacqueline is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Latin American History focusing on eighteenth-century Central America. Her research explores the everyday social and economic lives of people who lived connected to the mahogany and logwood trades in Belize and the Mosquito Shore. More broadly, she engages with themes of race, labor, colonialism, imperialism, sovereignty, and autonomy within the Atlantic World.
She received a B.A. from the Gallatin School at New York University and a M.A./M.Sc. in International/World History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Prior to attending Yale, Jacqueline worked as a museum educator and freelance editor. She enjoys all stages of the editorial process but, specifically, loves supporting writers in the brainstorming phase. She takes great joy in helping writers to find and trust their voices.

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FASPHI Philosophy Department

Moya is a 4th year PhD student in the philosophy department. Their dissertation explores questions in ethics, epistemology, and feminist philosophy. Before coming to Yale, they studied philosophy and political science at Stanford. They’re a total language nerd, and they love working as a writing consultant. 

Anne is a doctoral candidate studying Political Theory. Her research examines the political, social, and ethical dimensions of 20th century U.S. educational planning, policy, and statecraft. Prior to graduate school, Anne worked as an education policy researcher and consultant at the American Institutes for Research. She holds an M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Gallatin School at NYU. Anne looks forward to helping graduate students articulate their ideas through clear and engaging writing.

FASHIS History

Jacob Morrow-Spitzer is a third-year PhD student in the Department of History, and is also an affiliate of the Yale Judaic Studies Program. His research focuses on the intersection between modern Jewish history, American race, and African American history. He received his B.A. in History and Jewish Studies from Tulane University, and worked as a peer tutor at the Tulane Academic Success Center throughout his undergraduate years. Before starting at Yale, he worked in the non-profit and public-facing research world. Jacob has experience editing personal statements, journal articles, conference talks, fellowship applications, book reviews, public-facing scholarship, encyclopedia entries, and many, many course papers. Along with fellow Graduate Writing Lab Fellow Eva Landsberg, he captains the Yale History Department intramural softball team.


Sakura is a 4th year MD/PhD student in the department of anthropology. Her research focuses on female reproductive ecology in Samoa. Prior to starting at Yale, she pursued a MPhil in applied biological anthropology at the University of Cambirdge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She also holds a B.A. in anthropology and biology from Washington University in St. Louis. She has experience writing abstracts, scientific mansucripts, and fellowship/grant applications. She looks forward to working with students from diverse discplines at any stage of the writing process!

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FASHIS History

Bennett Parten is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in History. His work focuses on the history of slavery and its abolition in the nineteenth century U.S. His dissertation, entitled “Somewhere Toward Freedom: Sherman’s March and the History of Emancipation,” focuses on the destruction of slavery in the American Civil War. Prior to joining the Graduate Writing Lab, Bennett worked as a writing partner at the Yale College Writing Center for two years. He has also co-coordinated both the Yale Early American Historians Working Group and the Yale Race and Slavery Working Group. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in History from Clemson University. He has also written essays and opinion pieces for several non-academic outlets. 


MEDGEN Genetics

Yanixa is a 4th year PhD student in Genetics. Her research focuses on dissecting differences in KRAS biology in cancer. Yanixa obtained her BS in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics and Biomedicine from the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla. She is the recipient of an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship and looks forward to helping fellow graduate students navigate the fellowship application process.

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FASRST Religious Studies

Naila is a 5th year PhD student in Religious Studies, where she studies ancient Judaism and Late Antiquity. Her research centers on the intersection of historiography, exegesis and ancient language politics during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. She is interested in competing conceptions of primeval language, ancient idenity construction, and the transmission and reception of ideas and texts beyond antiquity. She also seeks to bring the field of biblical and early Jewish studies in conversation with late antiquity and early Islam. She received her MA in ancient Judaism from Yale Divinity School and her BA in Near Eastern History from the University of Connecticut. Before joining GWL, Naila helped tailor academic writing samples and personal statements for students applying to PhD programs. She has experience with various genres and is excited to assist students working on any writing projects at any stage for academic or general audiences in the Humanities. She is also happy to work with students in the social sciences.

FASPSY Psychology

Madeline “Gracie” Reinecke is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Psychology Department, where she studies moral cognition (e.g., how children and adults evaluate moral standing). Before coming to Yale, Gracie earned her BSc in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s excited to help others – especially within the social sciences – develop their writing, data visualization, and presentation skills.

FASENG English

Sophie Richardson is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in the English department. Her primary research interests are centered around English Early Modern drama, lyric, and culture, and her current work is on literary representations of surfaces in a selection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English texts. Prior to attending Yale, she received her B.A. in comparative literature from Oberlin College, and she welcomes opportunities to revisit French and German from her more multi-lingual college days. She joined the Graduate Writing Lab as a Writing Fellow in September 2018, and this year will be serving as a GWL Teaching Fellow. She loves clear and compelling writing across the disciplines and looks forward to working with others to promote engaging written work, oral presentations, and classroom techniques.


FASAST Astronomy

Zili Shen is a third year Ph.D. student in Astronomy. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BSA in physics and astronomy and a certificate in the philosophy of science. Her research focuses on faint and diffuse galaxies. She has multiple first-author peer-reviewed scientific articles and has won prizes for conference talks and presentations. Zili is an author for the astronomy blog Astrobites, and she is a speaker for Astronomy on Tap. She looks forward to working with students on scientific writing.


Mario is a sixth-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.


Hana Stankova
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Hana is a 3rd year student in the Slavic Languages and Literatures department and received her BA in History and Literature with a focus on Russia from Harvard College in 2017. Her research focuses on the Russian Empire, particularly its presence in Central Asia and the Caucasus, with an emphasis on postcolonial studies and travel writing. Before coming to Yale, she worked as an English teacher in Paris and Jinyun, a town in Zhejiang Province, China. She has experience working with students on developing their ideas and editing drafts through the Harvard College Writing Center, where she tutored undergraduates and graduate students in all disciplines. She also has experience working with ESL students.

Jennifer Strtak
Renaissance Studies

Jennifer is a PhD candidate in the combined History and Renaissance Studies Program. Her research engages carriages as investigative tools to explore how the development of transportation shaped built environments, new forms of social interaction, and the regulation of human movement in Paris between 1600-1800. Jennifer holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a Master of Philosophy from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She looks forward to working with graduate students and helping them to achieve success in their written work, oral presentations, and teaching programs.

FASAMS American Studies

Minh is a first-year Ph.D. student in American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Their research examines Afro Asian intimacies through the analytic of water as a site and substance of racial, imperial, and colonial (dis)connection. In addition to completing coursework, Minh is a teaching fellow for the Yale Prison Education Initiative and a graduate assistant for the Asian American Cultural Center. As a recent graduate of Yale College, Minh has worked for the Writing Center for over three years and is thrilled to join the Graduate Writing Laboratory and work with colleagues in the humanities on writing projects of all genres.

FASENG English

Ciru is a 3rd year PhD student in the English department. Her research focuses on nation language poetics, Anglo-Caribbean creoles, meter, and prosody. Her project aims to develop ways of thinking through form within and in excess of the “sound explosion” of midcentury West Indian poetics. She is very familiar with a broad range of critical theory, literary and otherwise. Moreover, Ciru is a dedicated peer reviewer and editor with a firm grasp of the elements of good, clear writing. 

Lizzie White
Public Health: Epidemiology

Lizzie is a 6th year PhD student at the School of Public health in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases department. Her dissertation focuses on measuring and understanding the quality of tuberculosis care in Uganda. Prior to coming to Yale, she received her B.A. in biology with a minor in public health at Washington University in St. Louis, completed a year of AmeriCorps service in Jacksonville, FL, and worked as a research assistant at a hospital in Boston. Lizzie has experience writing scientific manuscripts, fellowship applications, and other pieces, and she is excited to work with writers across the disciplines, especially in public health and the sciences.

MEDSPH School of Public Health

Jingyuan is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her current research interests center around early origins of neuropsychiatric disorders and possible transmission of disease risk across multiple generations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, San Diego and a master’s in social and behavioral sciences from Yale. She has experience with many forms of writing particularly in the social sciences and she looks forward to working with scholars at all stages of their writing.