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.

 

Alexandra

Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Master's Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners 
Bio: Alexandra V. is a PhD candidate 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

Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Academic Job Market, Article Manuscripts, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Oral Presentations, Revision, Master's Thesis
Bio:
 Allison is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature. Her dissertation focuses on the lovesick female body in early modern literature. 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), Italian (reading only)

Amber

Department: Sociology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Quantitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Style/Flow, Master's Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: 
 Amber is a fifth-year doctoral student in Sociology. Her research interests include social inequality, education, teacher-student relationships, and differentials in access and returns to higher education. After receiving her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked as a teacher with Teach For America in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Trainee-ship, the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, and the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship.  Her favorite punctuation mark is the Oxford comma; she used it twice in this bio!  

Anne S.

Department: Molecular Biology
Writing Specialties: Fellowships/Grants, Scientific Writing, Article Manuscripts, Writing Process, Revision, Editing

Bio: Anna is a sixth-year PhD candidate in Molecular Biology. She studies the molecular mechanisms that govern gene-dosage regulation of the mammalian X chromosome. Her research has been primarily funded by an NRSA F31 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and an Iris Cantor Women’s Health Pilot Award. She is also the recipient of the Dissertation Year, Fowler, and Philip Whitcome Pre-Doctoral Fellowships, and the Mangasar M. Mangasarian Scholarship. Her research findings are published in several academic journals. Anna’s recent hobbies are running and backpacking. Her favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point since sometimes words alone cannot convey the excitement of science!

Annie L.

Department: Education-Social Sciences and Comparative Education
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Writing Process, Revision, Oral Presentations, English Language Learners

Bio: Annie is a first year PhD student in the Education department with a concentration in race and education. Her research interest is in higher education access for underrepresented populations. Prior to UCLA, she volunteered as a writing teacher in NYC correctional facilities. She also taught ESL to Vietnamese immigrants. Additionally, she is a reviewer for two academic journals in education. She received her BA in Feminist Studies and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her favorite punctuation mark is the parenthesis (it's like gossiping).

Ariella

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

Bio: Ariella is a 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 PhD candidate 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 . . .

Brandon

Department: Comparative Literature 
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Humanities & Arts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/ flow, English Language Learners, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing, Scrivener

Bio: Brandon is a second-year PhD student in Comparative Literature. His research interests include most branches of literary theory, multilingualism, and the indigenous language literatures of Latin America. He obtained his BA in International Literary and Visual Studies and in Child Development at Tufts University, and frequently tutored ESL. As a graduate student, he has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. His favorite punctuation mark is the backslash, because when else has a punctuation mark opened a closed class like conjunctions slash become a pronounceable word in its own right question mark?

Christina

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

Bio: Christina is a sixth-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.

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, Master's 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, Non-Academic Writing 
Bio: Eric is a seventh-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. He continues to freelance for a number of culture, entertainment and travel publications. He is also the Gender & Sexuality editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as Co-Host and Executive Producer for the LARB Radio Hour on KPFK 90.7FM. In his free time, Eric enjoys yoga, cardio, cooking and Photoshop projects. His favorite punctuation mark—and often his worst enemy—is the em dash.

Jenna

Department: Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Fellowships/grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Master's Thesis, Style/Flow, Revision, Writing Process, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting
Bio:Jenna is a fifth 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.

Karen 

Department: Neuroscience 
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision, Editing
Bio:
Karen is a fourth-year PhD student in the Neuroscience department; her research focuses on uncovering the mechanisms underlying multisensory processing in Drosophila melanogaster. Many of her days involve gluing fruit flies to sticks to observe their flight behavior. Karen earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA in 2013. As a graduate student, she has received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Outside of lab, Karen enjoys these activities, in no particular order: playing board games, running and cycling, and playing video games to improve her reaction time. Her favorite punctuation is the colon.  

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, Master's Thesis 
Bio: Laura is a PhD candidate 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.

Lindsay (Zee)

Department: Public Policy and Social Welfare
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Arts, Policy Writing, Critical Race Theory, Fellowships/Grants, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, English Language Learners 
Bio:
 Zee is a graduate student in Public Policy and Social Welfare with a policy focus on immigration and mass incarceration. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking before realizing her passion for social justice was better fulfilled by helping others. (She still loves art though—both making it and talking about it). She spent two years teaching English in Indonesia as the recipient of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards. Before moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a grant writer and ESL instructor for a non-profit organization. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma: it’s always important to take a moment to breathe. 

Macrina

Department: Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Master's Thesis, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Writing Process, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow
Bio:
 Macrina is a third-year graduate student in UCLA's Social Psychology doctoral program. After earning her BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University in 2012, she worked for two years as a science editor at The Huffington Post. At UCLA, her research involves borrowing tools from cognitive neuroscience to investigate complex social phenomena, including attitude change, impression formation, and conflict resolution. Macrina is a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship. She loves coffee, hiking, and singing; also, her spirit animal is most certainly the owl. She believes the comma, which allows one to do things like breathe, organize one's thoughts, and reflect, is an underappreciated punctuation mark.

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.

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 5th 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.  

Miranda 

Department: Anderson School of Management 
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities & Arts, Business Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, English Language Learners, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing 
Bio:
 Miranda is a first year MBA student at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. She earned her BA in Comparative Arts & Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, with a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and a concentration in Creative Writing. Between undergrad and graduate school, Miranda lived in England & Spain, where she taught English as a Second Language (she is CELTA-certified) and worked in university admissions.  More recently, she worked for a Big 4 public accounting & consulting firm in human resources operations. An LA-native, Miranda loves the beach, soccer and wine.  Her favorite punctuation mark is the em-dash—for emphasis!

Riena

Department: School of Law
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Legal writing, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, English Language Learners.
Bio:
 Riena is in her second year at the law school, and is interested in immigration and family law. She is a writing advisor for first-year law students and works as a research fellow. Riena earned her BA in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Chicago, and wrote a thesis comparing U.S. immigration laws for Japanese and Chinese immigrants and the effects of these laws on U.S. foreign policy. In her free time, she loves to binge watch Netflix and is training for the sprint triathlon. Her favorite punctuation mark is the hyphen.

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, Master's Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: Tahseen is a sixth 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, the UCLA Graduate Division University Fellowship, as well as the Dissertation Year 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 PhD candidate 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).