Meet the Graduate Writing Consultants

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. She teaches in the First Year Writing Program here at Tufts, and also taught composition while earning an MA in English at the University of Cincinnati. As a writing tutor, Jessica emphasizes clarity and organization, and she particularly enjoys helping students talk through their ideas as they develop. Jessica is looking forward to working with students on all stages of the writing process!

 

Marena Cole

Marena Cole is an MA candidate in History at Tufts. She has a BA in Applied Psychology and Human Development, English and American Studies from Boston College, and likes to examine history from an interdisciplinary perspective. She also works as a teaching assistant at Tufts. She has experience teaching psychology to high school students and tutoring history, English and math. She has worked with many international students and looks forward to helping students from all backgrounds and fields of study.

 

Anna Christine is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. Although her academic interests lie mainly in British modernism and film, she has experience teaching English in France, conducting comics writing workshops, and tutoring SAT prep. She’s eager to work with students at any stage of the writing process.

 

Steve Drum is a PhD student in the Drama and Dance department. He received a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MFA in Writing and an MA in Cinema Studies from Savannah College of Art and Design. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, NewNowNext, the Wordstock Ten, Gertrude Journal and the St. Sebastian Review. He has presented his research at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, and the Disjunctions conference.

 

Emma Futhey is a PhD drama student. She received her B.A. in Theatre Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College, where her Master’s thesis received the Performing Arts Department Graduate Award. She served as the graduate dramaturg for Tufts’  mainstage production of Richard III in Spring 2015 and has presented at several professional conferences. Her research interests include contemporary political documentary drama and American women in theatrical culture between 1785 and 1861.

 

Brenna Gormally

Brenna Gormally is a second year PhD student in the Biology Department. She received a BA in Biology in 2015 from Pomona College in Claremont, California. At Tufts she has been a teaching assistant for the introductory biology courses (Biology 13L and 14L) as well as Experiments in Physiology. Brenna has mentored many undergraduates through all aspects of the scientific writing process and looks forward to helping students from all disciplines effectively communicate their ideas through writing. 

 

Genevieve Hay is an English PhD candidate specializing in American literature. She received her BA in English and American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also studied photography. Genevieve teaches First Year Writing at Tufts, and has also assisted with literature courses at Tufts and the College of Charleston. She looks forward to working with students from a variety of disciplines and is happy to meet during any stage of the writing process.

 

Jennifer Horwitz

Jennifer Horwitz is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. Her research interests include American Twentieth-Century literature and social change. Between undergrad and grad school, Jennifer worked at an elementary school in New Haven and tutored at New Haven Reads. She also has experience tutoring non-native English speakers, particularly Spanish speakers. She is looking forward to working with students on all stages of the writing process..

 

Lindsay Hinzman is a PhD candidate in the Psychology Department with a focus on social psychology and person perception. She graduated from Colgate University with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience and English Literature. Lindsay looks forward to working with students through all aspects of the writing process, especially the process of organizing ideas into a compelling and coherent argument.

Seohyon Jung

 

Seohyon Jung is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. She received her MA and BA in English Literature at Seoul National University (minored in Aesthetics). Her research focuses on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, with a particular interest in the idea of motherhood, women's labor, and colonial modernity. Her academic interests also include feminist theories, cultural studies, and translation. She is looking forward to working with writers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

 

 

Patrick King is a PhD candidate in Drama. He received his BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and his MA in Drama from Tufts. In his time at Tufts, he has taught courses in acting and assisted in several courses on theatre history. Prior to his arrival at Tufts, Patrick worked as a literary manager and a reader for several theatre companies in Chicago. He looks forward to collaborating with students on writing and public speaking projects at any stage of their process.

 
 

Jiali Liu is a M.A. candidate in Philosophy at Tufts. She received her B.A. in English and International Relations from China Foreign Affairs University. Prior to her pursuit in philosophical discourse, she worked at global think tanks and micro-finance NGOs to promote cultural exchanges among different nationalities, genders and ethnicities. She has also worked as an educational consultant for TOEFL and SAT preparation in Beijing. Jiali is eager to help students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, and in particular, students who experience discomfort writing in English or complying with American academic standards.

 
 

Satia Marotta is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Psychology Department with a focus on social psychology and the law. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Psychological Sciences and a BS in Society, Technology, and Policy. Satia is looking forward to helping fellow students with all aspects of the writing process, but is especially interested in crafting persuasive arguments.

 

Elana McDermott is a PhD student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Pitzer College and a M.A.T. in Art Education from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Elana's research focuses on how goal-directed processes influence positive development in school contexts. As a tutor, Elana is looking forward to working with students from all backgrounds and in all stages of writing.

Corey McDonough is a PhD candidate in the English Department. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Bridgewater State University after receiving his A.A. from Cape Cod Community College, and currently teaches in the First Year Writing program here at Tufts. His research interests include queer theory and post-colonial studies with an emphasis on revolutionary literatures. Corey most enjoys helping writers bring their own ideas and voices to the forefront of their essays.

 

 

Amy Meyer is a PhD candidate in Drama. She received BAs in Theatre and English from Connecticut College and an MA in Drama from Tufts. Her research interests include theatre and circus history, performance studies, and gender studies. As a tutor, Amy likes to use writing as a tool for critical thinking, and enjoys collaborating with students at every stage of the writing process. She is also an actor and acting teacher, and works with students on developing public speaking skills.

 

Luke Mueller is a PhD candidate and teaches composition and has been a teaching assistant and GIFT Teaching Fellow in the English department. His research interests include 20th century literature, modernism, and deception. He has a BA in English from UMass Amherst, and an MS in library science from Drexel University. He worked as an economics librarian and library cataloger before coming to Tufts. He enjoys tutoring students in all projects and at all stages of the writing process, from beginning research to revising. Luke specializes in working through writing anxiety. 

 

James Mulder is a PhD candidate in the English Department, where he specializes in Renaissance drama and psychoanalysis. His other academic interests include activism within the academy, transatlantic studies, gender studies, and intersectionality. He holds a Masters in English from Tufts and a BA in Literature from American University. He has experience tutoring writing, math, and French at the college level, and he has been an instructor in the First Year Writing Program at Tufts since 2011. He looks forward to working with students at all stages of the writing process. 

 

Jessica Pfeffer is a PhD candidate in the English Department. Her research interests include queer theory, gender studies, and Renaissance literature. Before coming to Tufts, she received her MA in English and American Literature at NYU and studied chemistry and English at the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate. As a tutor, Jess pushes students to find connections between their ideas, focusing on flow and argument during sessions. She’s also the founder of SWAG, the Senior Writers’ Action Group, and enjoys supporting scholars in pursuit of their large-scale research projects, while providing structure and encouragement along the way.

 

Alex Ruggeri is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts University. He received a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Roger Williams University, where he also tutored peers in the writing center. He earned his MA from NYU and went on to teach composition at Massachusetts community colleges. His interests vary widely, but he mainly focuses on modernism, intellectual history, sound studies, and aesthetics. Alex also enjoys philosophy, history, classics, as well as Modern Greek and Russian Literatures. He has enjoyed tutoring Tufts students from all disciplines and looks forward to helping them at any stage of writing.

 

Emma Schneider

Emma Schneider is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts specializing in North American Environmental Literature. She received her BA from Oberlin College. Emma seeks to support writers in becoming more calm and confident in their work. She enjoys interacting with undergraduates and graduate students in all stages of the writing process.

 

Matthew Scully is a PhD student in English at Tufts University with a BA from McGill University and MA from Boston College. His research focuses on critical theory, especially on theories of negativity and disorder. He also focuses on twentieth-century American literature, with a particular concern for questions relating to temporality, irony, and aesthetics. Matthew is looking forward to working with students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and he is eager to meet with students at any stage of their writing process.

 

Bradley Smith is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. He received his BA from the University of Utah and his MA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests include Renaissance literature, form, and theories of allegory. Brad teaches in the First Year Writing program here at Tufts, and he looks forward to working with students from a variety of disciplines. He is happy to help students at any stage of the writing process: from wading through the murkiness of initial ideas all the way up to solidifying the final draft.

 

Katie Swimm is a PhD Student in the Drama Department at Tufts.  She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University, and a MA in Literature from Northwestern University. Her research interests include Victorian women and the performance of insanity, religion as performance, and musical theatre. Prior to her matriculation at Tufts, Katie was an actor and theatre manager in Chicago. She is interested in working with writers at all levels on academic papers, personal statements and cover letters, as well as working on public speaking projects.

 

Lara Vujovic is a PhD student in Psychology, doing research on emotion regulation. She’s originally from Montenegro, but has lived in Slovenia and Germany before coming to Tufts. She has experience mentoring students from various countries and linguistic backgrounds. Lara is looking forward to giving advice on how to express ideas clearly, effectively, and concisely!

 

Jenna Walz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry department at Tufts working to develop new bioanalytical assays and instrumentation. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Stonehill College. She has served as a teaching assistant for several Chemistry courses and has authored her own proposals and scientific publications. She is determined to help students from all disciplines feel confident about their writing by working to convey their ideas in a clear, organized manner.