Meet the Graduate Writing Consultants

Our writing consultants are graduate students who have extensive experience with graduate-level writing as well as teaching and working one-on-one. Feel free to make an appointment with the writing consultant in the academic area most similar to yours, but all writing consultants have been trained to help graduate students with general writing issues in any field.

Foreign languages: a few of our writing consultants feel comfortable reading work in other languages. See their bios for more information.

 

Adrienne

Department: Applied Linguistics
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Qualitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, English Language Learners
Bio: Adrienne is a fifth-year doctoral student in Applied Linguistics, with research interests in conversation analysis, language and literacy acquisition, and multilingualism. She has also done work on medical communication in the mental health field. She earned her BA in English Literature from UCLA and her MA in Linguistics from Georgetown University and has professional experience in journalism, education, and international development. Adrienne enjoys travel, wine tasting, and Mario Kart (Yoshi is her favorite character). She likes the exclamation point because sometimes you just really need to convey some tone!

Alex S.

Department: David Geffen School of Medicine
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Medical Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis 
Bio: Alex S. is a fifth-year student in the UCLA-Caltech MD/PhD program. His clinical interests are in oncology and his research centers on organic chemistry: total synthesis, methods, and applications to medicine. Alex S. obtained a BA in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received awards such as the Goldwater Scholarship and the ACS Organic Division Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He was also a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. As a graduate student, he received an NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (F30). Outside of lab, Alex S. enjoys swimming, weight lifting, and photography. Like many others, and for good reason, his favorite punctuation mark is the em—dash.
Languages: Mandarin (conversational) 

Alexandra V.

Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners 
Bio: Alexandra V. is a fourth-year PhD student in the English Department, where she focuses on Medieval and Renaissance literature. Alexandra V. earned her BA in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2006 and her MA in English from Columbia University in 2010. In between college and graduate school, she worked as an Americorps member and taught English as a Second Language to adults. Her favorite punctuation mark is the question mark because asking good questions is crucial to effective writing.
Languages: French (fluent), Spanish (conversational) 

Allison

Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Oral Presentations, Revision
Bio: Allison is a second-year PhD student in Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on Renaissance literature and culture.  Allison earned her BA in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and her MA in Humanities from New York University. She  has experience in teaching and academic publishing. In her spare time, Allison enjoys running, cooking, and watching too much  Netflix. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon, for times when the Facebook relationship between two independent  clauses is complicated.
Languages: Spanish (fluent) 

Anne

Department: Human Development and Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Policy Writing, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision, Masters Thesis
Bio: Anne is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Psychology division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her research interests include oral language development during early childhood and language assessment in elementary school, with a particular focus on English language learners. She earned her BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Education Studies from Brandeis University. Prior to attending UCLA, she did research in neuroanesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Anne has been a big fan of exclamation points since childhood, but she has learned to avoid overusing them (for the most part)!

Ariella

Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Lab Reports, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Articles Manuscripts

Bio: Ariella is a second year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department, where her research  focuses on fabricating porous silicon particles for targeted drug delivery applications. She earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry/  Materials Science from UCLA in 2014. Ariella received several awards as an undergraduate, including a Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship through National Science Foundation and a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship while studying abroad. As a graduate student, she is a recipient of a MSE departmental fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. When away from the lab (a rare occurrence), Ariella enjoys travelling (Chile is next on the list) and cycling. Her favorite punctuation mark is the question mark. How else would she come up with her experiments?

Bobby

Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Application Documents, Writing Process, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow

Bio: Bobby is a sixth-year doctoral student in English, with research interests in Anglophone Caribbean literature, comparative ethnic American literature, and rhetoric and composition. He earned his BA in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College and MA in English from Loyola Marymount University. His favorite punctuation mark is . . .

Christina

Department: Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods, Statistics, Article Manuscripts, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis, Dissertation

Bio: Christina is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology who studies language and cognitive development in bilingual children. After completing a BA in Psychology at Northwestern University in 2011, they earned an MA in Psychology from UCLA in 2013. Christina has received two Graduate Summer Research Mentorships and has extensive experience with conference presentations and manuscript preparation. In their spare time, Christina enjoys playing board games, singing with the West Coast Singers, and rock climbing. Their favorite punctuation mark is the ellipsis.

Diane

Department: Development Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Style/Flow, Writing Process, Masters Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: Diane is a fifth-year PhD student in Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on the associations between the neural, hormonal, and behavioral changes that occur during adolescence. She earned a BS in Psychology at UCSD and an MA and CPhil in Psychology at UCLA. Diane is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and an NIH-funded T32 Training Grant, as well as the William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Mentoring award. She is proficient in Spanish. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon; it is her preferred method for emphasizing connections between related ideas.
Languages: Spanish (fluent) 

Domale

Department: Social Sciences & Comparative Education
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing,  Professional Writing, Humanities, Qualitative Methods, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Narrative Writing, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, English Language Learners 
Bio: Domale is a third-year doctoral student in Social Science and Comparative Education and specializes in International and Comparative Education. Her primary research interest is K-12 education in Sub-Saharan Africa especially the integration of indigenous knowledge into science curriculum. She received a BA in English from Trinity University and an M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before arriving at UCLA, she taught high school English in San Antonio, Texas. In her free time she likes to run, cook, and paint. Her favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point because it makes reading aloud much more exciting!

Drew

Department: Epidemiology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Social Sciences, Medical Writing, Professional Writing, Quantitative Methods, Statistics, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis
Bio: Drew is a third-year doctoral student in the Epidemiology Department in the Fielding School of Public Health. Her research interests are in infectious disease and social epidemiology specifically focusing on the influences of social networks on sexual health behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases. Drew graduated with a BS in Public Health Sciences from Clemson University in 2009 before completing her MSPH in Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina in 2012. As an Epidemiology PhD student, Drew is a current recipient of the Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship. To decompress from schoolwork, Drew enjoys reading, cooking, and watching way too much TV. Her favorite punctuation mark is the ellipsis because sometimes … less information is just as effective.

Eric

Department:English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Academic Job Market, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision
Bio: Eric is a sixth-year doctoral student in the English. His research focuses on the interrelation between queerness, literary form and political imagination in early twentieth century American literatures across the color line. After receiving his BA in English and Journalism from NYU, Eric worked as a business journalist covering the fashion, cosmetics, restaurant and alcoholic beverage industries. He also holds an MA in Humanities with a focus on American literature, critical theory and queer studies from the University of Chicago. In his free time, Eric enjoys watching movies, biking, creative crafting and working on a long series of Photoshop projects that re-imagine his cat as various feminist icons of the twentieth century. His favorite punctuation mark—and often his worst enemy—is the em dash.

Jay

Department: Sociology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Science, Qualitative Methods, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners
Bio: Jay is a graduate student in the Sociology department where he studies the political sociology of urban migration in South Africa. He earned his BA in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley. He holds an MS in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Forced Migration Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he was also a Fulbright Student (US Fellowship). While at UCLA, he has received the Karpf Peace Prize, Graduate Mentorship Fellowship, and a Boren Fellowship for his research in South Africa and studies in Zulu. Prior to coming to UCLA, Jay taught English in  Central America and studied in Chile and France. His favorite punctuation is the ellipsis because…
Languages: Spanish (conversational), French (conversational) 

Jenna

Department: Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic writing, Social sciences, Fellowships/grants, Application documents, Article manuscripts, Master thesis, Style/flow, Revision, Writing process, Quantitative methods, Statistical reporting
Bio:Jenna is a fourth year in the UCLA Health Psychology doctoral program. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her program of research crosses work on eating and alcohol use while covering topics like reward, reinforcement, genetics, social relationships, and stress. Outside lab (or sometimes in) you'll catch her dancing, unconsciously singing, and tasting new dishes of course! Her favorite punctuation mark is a period, because all good things must come to an end. 

Jonathan

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Academic Job Market, Dissertation, Oral Presentations, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Methods, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow
Bio: Jonathan is a sixth-year PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where his research focuses on understanding the origin and maintenance of biological diversity in the ray-finned fishes. His work has been primarily supported by an Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellowship and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Several of his manuscripts are published in academic journals, and he also has extensive experience teaching both undergraduates and graduate students. Jonathan earned a BS in Biology at UCLA. He appreciates the quotation mark, as it is the only punctuation mark that can not be replaced by other punctuation marks.

Katelyn

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Style/Flow, Revision, Dissertation
Bio: Katelyn is a sixth-year PhD candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She earned her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Santa Clara University and her master's degree in Biochemistry while at UCLA. During her graduate studies, she received the UCLA Alumni Association Fellowship and is a trainee on the Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant (part of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award). When not in the lab, Katelyn enjoys baking (which she considers chemistry in the kitchen) and creative writing. Her favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point!

Kathryn

Department: History
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Legal Writing, Business Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Qualitative Methods, Cultural Studies, Writing Process, Revision, Style/Flow, English Language Learner, Dissertation
Bio: Kathryn is an advanced graduate student in the History Department where she studies the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe. Kathryn earned her BA in History and Literature from Harvard. Before entering graduate school, she worked in corporate relations for an international healthcare NGO. She has also advised business professionals with graduate-level applications and taught English classes for adults. Kathryn enjoys helping people put their ideas into words and build written pieces from a solid foundation. Maybe for this reason, her favorite punctuation mark is the classic and classy period.

Laura

Department: Health Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis 
Bio: Laura is a fourth year graduate student in UCLA's Health Psychology doctoral program. She earned her MA in Psychology at UCLA, and earned her BS in Human Development at Cornell University with concentrations in Social and Personality Development, and Nutrition and Health. Laura's research interests center on understanding the biopsychosocial causes and effects of eating behavior. Her most recent work investigates how comfort eating affects stress processes. She is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Outside the lab, Laura loves hiking, singing, and playing tennis. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon; she loves clarifying one sentence with another.

Marilyn

Bio:Marilyn Gray is the director of the UCLA Graduate Writing Center. She has an MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Her dissertation examines Mikhail Bakhtin’s anthropology and narrative theories from the perspective of Russian theological anthropology. After completing her BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University, she lived and worked in Moscow for four years. During her graduate work at UCLA, she taught Russian language and English composition, served as a Teaching Assistant for a variety of courses, and worked for the Center for Digital Humanities assisting faculty with instructional technology. She is a big fan of the em-dash and semi-colon when used judiciously.

Marcus

Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, Fiction Writing, Writing Process, Revision, Style/Flow Narrative
Bio: Marcus is a graduate student in the Asian American Studies Department. He earned his BA in English at the University of Florida in 2015 with a concentration in Asian American Literature and Creative Writing. His research focuses on identifying a "grotesque" literary aesthetic within Vietnamese American fiction to combat neoliberal refugee narratives that feed into structures of biopolitical violence. Outside of his academic writing, he is also an active community organizer in various Asian American coalitions throughout Los Angeles, Of all punctuation marks, Marcus prefers the look and feel of the question mark. He believes ti is the symbol that captures his general mindset the most...and he thinks it's cute. 

Mercedes

Department: Anthropology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Narrative Writing, Application Documents, Scrivener, Masters Thesis, English Language Learners
Bio: Mercedes is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. She studies linguistic anthropology with emphasis on the discourse of corporate responsibility, legal policy, and the sharing economy. Her current research explores issues of personhood (both human and corporate) and distributed cognition in the context of collaborative workplace interactions. In prior research, she examined participatory governance structures and public-private partnerships in Honduras as well as doctor-patient interactions in a community health clinic in Arizona. Mercedes has BA degrees in journalism and Spanish, and MA degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and linguistic anthropology. She has taught K-12 Spanish, and college-level ESL and Freshman Composition in addition to courses for undergraduate students in anthropology. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma because it draws attention to contingency and relationships of subordination.

Michael

Department: Education-Social Sciences and Comparative Education
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Style/Flow, Writing Process, Revision, Oral Presentations
Bio: Michael is a 4th year PhD student in the Education department where he studies issues of campus climate and student understandings of race and racism. He earned his BA in English at Georgia Southwestern State University and his MA in African American Studies at UCLA. He has received the Graduate Mentorship Fellowship and Graduate Summer Mentorship Fellowship, and prior to his doctoral studies, he taught English and the SAT in South Korea. His favorite punctuation mark is the em dash — it adds a bit of spice to the text.  

Natsuki

Department: Developmental Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Academic Job Market, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners
Bio: Natsuki is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology. Her research examines how bilingual language experience affects cognitive development during early childhood. She has B.A. degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies from Indiana University and an MA degree in Psychology from UCLA. Natsuki is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and she has also been a finalist for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Natsuki grew up speaking both English and Japanese, and she has experience tutoring young children acquiring English as a non-native language. In her spare time, Natsuki enjoys going to Disneyland and traveling. Her favorite punctuation mark—like that of many of her colleagues—is the em-dash.
Languages: Japanese (conversational) 

Sabine

Department: School of Law
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Legal Writing, Critical Race Theory, Application Materials, English Learners, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics/ Style/Flow
Bio: Sabine is a third-year law student enrolled in the Critical Race Studies Specialization and the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. She has B.A. degrees in Government and Afro-American Studies from Smith College and a M.S.T. degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Fordham University Graduate School of Education. She is a Teach for America alumna and has three years of experience teaching ESL at the elementary school level. She is managing editor on the UCLA Law Review and the National Black Law Journal. Sabine enjoys going to concerts as her sweet escape from law school. Her favorite punctuation is the semicolon; however, sometimes, a comma will do. 

Sam

Department: History
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision
Bio: Sam is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the History Department focusing on modern Africa. His dissertation examines the médersa, a school that combined French and Islamic curricula, in northwest Africa from the 1850s to the 1950s. This research has been supported by grants including the UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, the SSRC-IDRF and the Fulbright-Hays DDRA. He received a BA in Africana Studies and History from Vassar College as well as an MA and C.Phil. from UCLA. Before moving to Los Angeles, he studied in Morocco with a Fulbright-IIE grant and worked for the National Park Service at a Revolutionary War battlefield in upstate New York. His favorite punctuation mark is the colon: it links ideas while jazzing up the sentence.

Tahseen

Department: Sociology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Professional Writing, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Academic Job Market, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: Tahseen is a fifth year PhD candidate in Sociology. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Southern Mississippi and UCLA respectively. She is interested in, and has published articles on, international migration, race, ethnicity, nationalism, and religion. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as UCLA's Graduate Division University Fellowship. She can speak Bangla (her first language), Hindi, and Urdu. Tahseen is an avid fan of fantasy novels and Korean TV shows. Her favorite punctuation mark is the period.
Languages: Bangla (fluent), Hindi (conversational), Urdu (conversational) 

Will

Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic writing, Humanities, Arts, Policy writing, Fellowship/Grants, Application documents, Article manuscripts, Public speaking, CRT, Cultural Studies, Writing process, Revision, Style, Dissertation
Bio: Will is a doctoral student in English, specializing the relation between LGBT studies, U.S. Literature, and the law. He earned a BA at UCLA and an MA at Stanford before returning to UCLA for his PhD. Previously, he worked for a Bay Area nonprofit, where he successfully secured grants from California state agencies and major private foundations. He is currently writing a dissertation that examines literary representations of citizenship from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Great Depression, with a particular interest in the late-century emergence of queer social membership. His favorite punctuation mark is the parenthesis (used sparingly, of course).