Meet the Graduate Writing Consultants

Graduate Writing Consultants

Andrew Alquesta is a PhD candidate in the English department.  He teaches both English 1 and 2, and his research interests include literature, politics, history, race, and gender.  Andrew received his BA in English and political science from UConn and worked in political consulting before coming to Tufts.  Now he looks forward to working with students in any field at any stage of the writing process.

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!

Alexandra Carter is a PhD candidate in the English department. She received her BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from New York University. Alexandra teaches in the First Year Writing program, and has also assisted with several literature courses at Tufts. She looks forward to working with students from a variety of disciplines and is happy to meet during any stage of the writing process.

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.

Chelsea Crittle is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Psychology Department with a focus on Social Psychology. She earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Comparative Women's Studies from Spelman College.  As a tutor, Chelsea is looking forward to working with students from all backgrounds and in all stages of their 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.

Victoria Floerke is a Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology Department, where she conducts research on emotion regulation. She graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Psychology. Before coming to Tufts, Victoria conducted research at the University of Hawaii. Victoria is excited to work with all students throughout the writing process. She is especially committed to ensuring that what a student wants to say corresponds with what their audience reads.   

Emma Futhey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Drama and Dance. She has worked as a Graduate Writing Consultant for three years. She especially enjoys working with students on assignments in history and literature and personal statements for graduate school and/or fellowship applications. Additionally, she works as a Public Speaking Consultant, with a focus on conference and research presentations.

Gayathri Goel is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. Gayathri first started teaching composition at San Jose State University, California, from where she received her Master’s in English and Comparative Literature. Gayathri now teaches First Year Writing here at Tufts. Since her PhD work is interdisciplinary, she is comfortable mentoring students from many different academic backgrounds, with a variety of writing styles. She enjoys brainstorming ideas and working with undergraduates during any stage of the writing process.

Brenna Gormally is a third year PhD candidate 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.

Bryn Gravitt is a PhD Candidate in English. She received her Masters from Tufts and her B.S from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her academic research interests include Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Intersectional Feminism and Queer Theory, and translations to digital media. She is excited to help students with any aspect of the writing process.

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 and literature courses at Tufts. As a writing consultant, she especially enjoys working with English 1 and English 2 students and senior thesis writers.

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.

Jennifer Horwitz is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. She has experience tutoring non-native English speakers, particularly Spanish speakers. In addition, she helps people work through writing anxiety, as well as co-runs the Seniors Writers Action Group at Tufts for senior thesis writers. She enjoys working with students on all stages of the writing process.

Yizhou Huang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Drama and Dance. She holds a B.A. in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a M.A. in Drama from Tufts. Her research interests include Chinese theatre, political theatre, and intercultural performance. She looks forward to working with writers at every stage of the writing process.

Deirdre Judge is a master’s candidate in Educational Studies. She is interested in prison education and has also worked as a sexual health educator. Her research interests include feminist theories, queer theories, and critical race theories. She particularly enjoys the brainstorming aspect of the writing process but is looking forward to working with students at any stage.

Seohyon Jung is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. 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.

Gina Mantica is a PhD student in the Biology Department at Tufts, working in the lab of Dr. Mimi Kao. She received her BA in Biological Sciences in 2016 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. At Tufts, she has been a teaching assistant for introductory biology courses. Gina has familiarity publishing journalistic articles for outlets such as The Boston Globe, as well as experience writing honors theses and scientific papers.

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.

Joanna McQuade is a PhD student in the English department. She teaches First-Year Writing at Tufts and has worked as a writing tutor for several years. While she happily works with students at all stages of writing, brainstorming is her favorite part of the process. Her scholarly work relies on gender studies, aesthetic theories, and critical race studies. In addition to academic writing, she also writes fiction and creative non-fiction.

Amy Meyer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. She approaches writing as a tool for critical thinking, and enjoys collaborating with writers on organization, argument, and clarity at every stage of the process. Amy is also an actor and acting teacher, and works with students preparing speeches, presentations for classes or conferences, oral exams, thesis defenses, and developing confidence in oral communication skills.

Matt Messer is a PhD student in the English department at Tufts. His research interests include twentieth century literature, modernism, and critical theory. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MA from Boston College. Matt has experience teaching both expository and technical writing at the college level. He looks forward to working with students on all stages of the writing process.

Luke Mueller is a PhD candidate in the English department and teaches writing, research, and courses in literature and philosophy. He works with students on all projects and at all stages of the writing process, from beginning research to revising, from drafts and blog posts to senior theses and graduate dissertations. Luke specializes in working through writing anxiety. 

James Mulder is a PhD candidate in the English Department, where he specializes in early modern drama and queer theory. His other academic interests include activism within the academy and gender studies. 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.

Chris Payson is a doctoral candidate in the Tufts English Department and began working as a GWC in 2013. She has taught English 1 and English 2 at Tufts, as well as an ExCollege course titled “American Witches.” She particularly enjoys helping writers begin to tackle tough projects and develop revision strategies that work for them.

Taylor Parrish is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Tufts. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a B.A. in English Literature, where she also worked as a writing tutor for native and non-native English speakers and multicultural students. She particularly enjoys working with students at the beginning of their writing process but is looking forward to working with students in all stages of their writing.

Jared Pence is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts specializing in American literature and urban studies. He teaches in the First Year Writing Program at Tufts and also taught composition and literature courses at Brigham Young University. Jared wants to support writers in being more confident, calm, and clear in and about their writing at any stage of the writing process.

Jess Pfeffer is a PhD candidate in the English Department. Her research interests include queer theory, gender studies, trans studies, feminisms, and Renaissance literature. As a tutor, Jess pushes students to find connections between their ideas, focusing on flow and argument during sessions. Jess is currently also acting as the Program Coordinator at the SMFA and looks forward to collaborating with students across campuses.

Alex Ruggeri is a fifth-year Ph.D. 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 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 literary modernism, sound studies, intellectual history 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.

Matt 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. Brad has taught in the First Year Writing program here at Tufts, and he looks forward to working with students from a variety of disciplines. He enjoys helping 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.

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 TA for several Chemistry courses and has authored her own proposals and scientific publications. She looks forward to helping students from all disciplines feel confident about their writing.

Nick Whitney is a Master's candidate in the Education department. Nick's research focuses on queer, feminist, and Critical Race approaches to studying schools and educational institutions. Nick loves supporting people in bringing out their own critical writing voice, and above all believes the writing process should be conversational and fun.