Spring 2019 Consultants (updates in progress)
Amori Washington is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Education in English Language Learners program within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Amori earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Her academic interests include sociolinguistics, rhetoric and composition, urban education studies, and writing center pedagogy. When Amori is not reading or writing, she enjoys taking dance classes, learning new recipes, and traveling to new places with family and friends.
Audrey is a senior majoring in Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences and hoping to find a career in regulatory public policy. After growing up and attending international school in Hong Kong, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas two years before starting at Vanderbilt. When she is not studying, she enjoys singing, listening to music, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops. If you have any music or restaurant suggestions (especially Asian ones), definitely let her know!
Bonnie is a senior College of Arts and Science student from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She is majoring in English (Literary Studies) and Russian alongside a minor in Asian Studies (language concentration in Japanese). She is excited to return to the Writing Studio after a wonderful first year to meet new faces and reunite with old ones. Now as a senior, she can be found desperately writing for her post-grad applications in a corner or, when the inspiration has yet to strike, avoiding said applications by listening to select songs on loop, and becoming too invested in video games.
Brian is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Brian’s research centers on archaeological investigation of the creation and transcendence of cultural boundaries, specifically at the prehistoric interface between Amazonian and Andean peoples. He has been teaching and advising in the field and in the classroom for almost ten years. He is particularly interested in how researchers on the border of the humanities and sciences can produce effective writing amid shifting disciplinary expectations. Apart from research, Brian enjoys cooking, basketball twitter, and dogs.
Edward is a junior studying economics and corporate strategy in the College of Arts and Sciences. Apart from consulting clients at the Writing Studio, his extracurricular activities include serving on the board of the Asian American Student Association and being a member of the Vanderbilt Investment Club. In his free time, Edward enjoys reading, playing basketball at the Rec, and watching his hometown Chicago Cubs develop into perennial contenders.
Hayley is a junior in the College of Arts and Science from Jackson, Mississippi. She is perusing a major in Medicine, Health, and Society with a concentration in Global Health as well as a minor in Child Development. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, singing, DIY projects, and spending countless hours on YouTube watching her favorite artist, dancers, and web series. Hayley looks forward to her first year in the Writing Studio.
Juliet is a PhD Candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation is a history of public health and mobility on the Lower Colorado River in the early twentieth century. She focuses on the Mohaves and Chemehuevis who lived there and how they coped with federal Indian assimilation policies. Besides history and writing, Juliet loves her two enormous cats, her husband, and pretty much every reality show on Bravo.
Justine is a junior majoring in English and Law, History & Society. Before arriving at Vanderbilt, she attended an international high school in South Korea. As a writing consultant, she enjoys sharing her passion for writing and helping others develop their skills. Justine is also a member of the Prose Committee of the Vanderbilt Review, which publishes an annual magazine and hosts events. In her free time, she enjoys reading law review articles, going to concerts, and traveling around the world.
Kaitlen is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, with specialties in Comparative Politics and Methodology. Her dissertation focuses on what motivates some individuals to vote for populist presidential candidates in Latin America and Europe, and how elite rhetoric and context play into this decision. She employs quantitative and qualitative methods, including analysis of public opinion data, focus groups, textual analysis, and interviews. She is not yet fluent in Spanish but is actively working on it. Outside of her PhD, Kaitlen is obsessed with traveling, fostering dogs, and cultivating her ongoing love-hate relationship with running.
Kassie is a junior majoring in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, specializing in Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Culture. A history buff and daughter of Athena, she always has a plethora of Roman trivia to share. Over the summer, she spent time in Rome exploring the locations of the mythology that has always fascinated her. When not studying Greek and Latin, she can be found de-stressing by kneading homemade bread and binge watching Xena: Warrior Princess.
Katie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. Her work currently focuses on impulses, impulsivity, and the development of character in the eighteenth-century novel. Consequently, she spends a lot of time reading about the bad behaviors of fictional people (and sometimes real people!) between 1660 and 1830. When she’s not immersed in the long eighteenth century, Katie dotes on her two gray cats, Frank and Alice Longbottom, and pursues a variety of crafty hobbies ranging from moderately successful bread-baking to four failed attempts to take up knitting.
Katy is a senior from Denver, Colorado majoring in Elementary Education and Art History. When not in the writing studio, she spends the majority of her time either in elementary classrooms working with clients (students) at a much different level of writing (think learning how to write the letters of the alphabet) or on the water as a member of Vanderbilt’s Rowing team. In her free time she can usually be found looking for hikes around Nashville that remind her of hiking in the Rocky Mountains, having random dance parties in her dorm room, or taking a nap in between rowing practices.
Kellie Cavagnaro (appointments through Feb. 28)
Kellie Cavagnaro is a Cultural Anthropologist with a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Global Studies from Wake Forest University, and a second M.A. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Anthropology, and about to embark on an extended season of ethnographic dissertation research in the Andes mountains of Peru. She particularly enjoys helping Studio clients with writing projects related to the Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, the Digital Humanities, Gender and Sexuality and the Anthropology of Religion. Kellie is developing a multimodal dissertation that will examine the interplay of ecology, mineral extraction and indigenous communication strategies in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru, contextualizing the relationship between development, media activism, and highland resistance movements networked through ecologically fragile Andean communities.
Kelly Swope is a long-time Writing Studio consultant and a fourth-year PhD student in Philosophy. At Vanderbilt he teaches Introduction to Philosophy and General Logic and is currently at work on a dissertation on G.W.F. Hegel’s political thought. His hometown is Granville, Ohio.
Lucy is a junior from the UK majoring in Politics and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her research interests include the intersection of music, politics and race. Outside of the classroom, her activities include co-chairing Speakers Committee, serving on the board of Hidden Dores and working at an after-school program in Nashville. She also doubles as a Soundcloud rapper. You can follow her music on Spotify at Lucy DK.
Lucy Kim is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests include Victorian literature and culture, capitalism/economic history, urban studies, and political philosophy. She hails from Seoul, South Korea, and attributes to her upbringing in the sprawling metropolis her fascination with cities and passion for traveling to and exploring destinations both new and familiar. She spends (too) much of her spare time in local coffee shops. She might be addicted to coffee, ice cream, and chocolate.
Maddy is an MFA candidate in fiction in the Creative Writing department and the nonfiction editor of the Nashville Review. She writes about rural femininity, missed connections, dead birds, and weather vanes. She grew up in the panhandle of Nebraska, and before making her way to Nashville she lived on both coasts, working in elementary schools, libraries, and ice cream shops. In her free time she raises foster kittens, and tries very hard to keep them from eating her houseplants.
Mariann J. VanDevere
Mariann is a fifth year doctoral candidate from New Jersey pursuing a joint doctorate in English and Comparative Media Analysis & Practice (CMAP). Her dissertation focuses on contemporary African American stand-up comedy. She holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Spanish and an MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa, where she completed her third of five years of university level teaching. For the 2017 – 18 school year she was a Mellon Digital Humanities Scholar. For 2016 – 17 she served as a Curb Public Scholar. Mariann mentions all of this to say that she is eager to help you with any genre of writing. When she is not busy doing school work she is watching tv or producing sketches with her group The Comedy Collective.
Mia is a sophomore from Greenville, South Carolina majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with a potential double major in Communication Studies. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and coffee shops. She is involved with Commodore Quest, volunteering with her sorority, and is looking to get more involved with the arts on campus. Mia is an enthusiastic reader and writer, and is excited to be starting her first year at the Writing Studio.
Nadejda I. Webb is a fourth year doctoral candidate here at Vanderbilt, pursuing a joint-ph.d. in English and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice. Her work broadly focuses on the intersections of racialization and television. When she is not working on her dissertation or spending time with family, she loves to bake. She is deeply invested in supporting student writers, and looks forward to utilizing her teaching and writing experience to this end.
Nick is a PhD student in Psychology and Human Development in Peabody. His research primarily focuses on language learning and development in young children. In particular, he is interested in how children learn words. Nick grew up in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Nick attended Princeton where he studied linguistics. Outside of research, Nick enjoys playing video games, reading young adult fiction novels, and listening to Dolly Parton.
Patrick is a junior from Birmingham, Alabama pursuing a double major in Clarinet Performance and Political Science. Outside of class, he is mostly shut in a music practice room playing clarinet or secretly watching the X-Files. In his free time, Patrick enjoys bowling, playing ping pong, and sitting on park benches while annotating the Declaration of Independence. If you ever need to locate him, just say a nerdy science pun and find the source of the hysterical laughing.
Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and the Writing Studio’s Lead Graduate Consultant for 2018-2019. Her research interests include literature from the eighteenth century, particularly texts that explore the relationship between the Ottoman and British empires. She fell in love with writing in college and now loves to share her excitement with others and helping them to develop their own voices. When she’s not reading or writing, Rachel will be sitting in front of a canvas painting or outside hiking through whatever state park is closest.
Robert is a junior from Sunnyvale, California and he is excited to be returning to the Writing Studio after a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. Besides taking neuroscience classes, he works in a cardiology lab that studies cell reprogramming after heart attacks. He loves volunteering with the children at the Susan Grey school and dancing with the BhangraDores. He spends his free time watching Netflix, reading web serials, and writing in his personal journal.
Sam Kahn is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Economics. He currently lives in St. Louis, MO but has also lived in Dallas, TX and Chicago, IL (and of course Nashville, TN!). He spent the 2018 Spring semester studying in Denmark and traveling around Europe. Apart from consulting at the writing studio, Sam spends a lot of his time either tossing a Frisbee or playing Settlers of Catan.
Sam is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in English Literature. She hails from Denver, Colorado, making her an enthusiastic hiker and runner. She is passionate about aesthetic brunches, triple death chocolate ice cream, and hummus. While not actively searching for food, she works with refugees in the Nashville area through Project Bridges, fundraises for Relay, and volunteers with her sorority.
Steve is a junior in the College of Arts and Science. He is majoring in Philosophy and Economics and working on an honors thesis in metaphilosophy. Before attending Vandy, Steve grew up in Singapore, served in the Singapore Armed Forces for two years, and taught social studies at his alma mater (Raffles Institution) for seven months. Steve’s extracurricular activities at Vandy include leading the Advocacy Committee of International Students Council and being a member of Vandy Running Club. Steve loves the Chicago Bulls and hopes to travel to United Center to watch them live soon!
Tina is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia currently pursuing a double major in Economics and Law, History, and Society, with a minor in Philosophy. She has always wanted to be a lawyer and plans to attend law school following her undergraduate. Music and movies make up a big part of her free time. Her favorite artists include Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson Paak. Her favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons and her life goal is to be on the Supreme Court.
John Bradley, Director of the Writing Studio & Tutoring Services
John first came to Vanderbilt to join the Writing Studio team in 2012 and in 2018 stepped into the role of director for the Writing Studio. John earned his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was introduced to writing center pedagogy. As a writing center professional, he is dedicated to the transformational role one-on-one interactions can play for students as they learn to write and has conducted research into the learning experience of undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants, as well. Prior to becoming director, John also taught in the English Department as a senior lecturer, and his teaching and research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary American poetries, with a particular interest in ecopoetry and ecopoetics alongside other movements that push the boundaries of what we expect from poetry.
Megan Minarich, Assistant Director
Megan earned her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 2014. During her doctoral studies, she was a graduate consultant and Arts and Science Graduate Fellow at the Writing Studio. She completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tennessee State University before joining the administrative team at the Collaborative Learning Suite. Megan has been consulting and teaching collegiately for over ten years. She holds Mellon Certificates in Digital Humanities and Humanities Education, and she has taught multimedia courses in composition, literature, and cinema and media arts at Vanderbilt, Tennessee State University, and Watkins College. At the Writing Studio, she is invested in exploring effective writing pedagogy as a means of both developing student ability as well as supporting graduate and faculty writing and research. At Tutoring Services, she studies how narrative and visual texts can bolster collaborative learning practices in STEM disciplines. Megan’s disciplinary research centers around American modernist literature, visual culture, and early through classical Hollywood cinema. Her current manuscript focuses on representations of women’s reproductive choice in Hollywood cinema between 1915 and 1968: she examines how film’s visual rhetoric shapes and is shaped by narrative theory as well as legal, scientific, and feminist discourses. Her article on the aesthetic of the cinema of attractions in Arnold Bennett’s fiction is forthcoming in Studies in the Novel. Megan holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters in English from Stanford University.
Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator
Beth earned her PhD in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2017. During the final year of her doctoral program, she served as the College of Arts and Science Graduate Fellow at the Writing Studio and developed a passion for writing pedagogy. She is particularly interested in helping science and social science writers craft compelling narratives and harnessing her social science background to contribute to research on writing assessment. Her other research interests include political psychology and intergroup relations.
Miriam Erickson, Academic Support Coordinator & Tutor Support Specialist
Miriam earned her PhD in History from Vanderbilt University in 2015 where she also worked as a graduate consultant in the Writing Studio. She spent three years as a CASPAR advisor for the Arts & Science College and joins our team to help facilitate the Tutor Support Services. Miriam’s research examines the Haitian Revolution and a particular group of black militiamen and their families as they navigate the political waters among France, Spain, and Central America. She loves the historiography of rebellion, and she would be happy to help think through your historical arguments. Miriam has been advising and consulting with students for ten years, and she believes strongly that the best way to learn is to teach. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from David Lipscomb University and the American University of Paris (2002) and a Masters in Classics from St. John’s College (2007).
Simone McCarter, Academic Support Coordinator
Simone joined the Writing Studio in 2017, bringing her expertise in language, pedagogy, and critical writing. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Studies in 2012 and publishes on South Asian yoga and tantra traditions. Her research has taken her on a journey through Europe and India where she engaged in intensive language study in French, Hindi, Italian, and Sanskrit, alongside her other interests. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she served as a language instructor (Hindi) at Emory University and as a critical writing instructor at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley. She also held faculty positions in Religious Studies at Temple University and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. As a member of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services team, she focuses on multimodal digital composition, collaborative learning, and support for clients for whom English is a second language. Currently, she is spearheading an initiative to promote equity and inclusion in tutoring and writing consultations in alignment with Immersion Vanderbilt and DIVE (Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience).
Brad earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt in 2015, after which he spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at both the Writing Studio and Vanderbilt’s Center for Digital Humanities. Most recently he was an advisor in the College of Arts and Science and a lecturer in Religious Studies, where he taught in the College’s first year writing program. His research focuses on the practice of Christianity in Roman North Africa, and he is especially interested in the regional and cultural particularities of religious practice. His current writing project is an analysis of the theory and practice of religious leadership as a factor in the division of late antique North African Christianity. At the Writing Studio, Brad coordinates our in-class workshops, satellite locations, and online consultation services, and is invested in working to see that writers of all backgrounds have a place to talk about their writing, refine their own writing practice, grow as writers, students, and scholars.