Aileen is a Ph.D. Candidate in History. She researches U.S. interactions with Latin America (particularly Mexico), U.S. national security policy, militarization, and drug control history. Her dissertation examines the effects of U.S. drug policies and policing efforts in 1970s Mexico. Aileen’s research has been supported by the Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship (Mexico), and her opinion pieces have appeared in History News Network, The Global Intelligence, and Time magazine. Prior to entering graduate school, Aileen served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer. Aileen enjoys long distance running, travel, and singing karaoke.
Alex is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English. She specializes in twentieth-century literature with an emphasis on women’s writing and feminist theory. In particular, she is interested in the intersections between gender and genre fiction. At the moment, she is studying ghost stories and detective fiction as narratives that allowed women writers to explore new forms of authorial agency. When she is not working on literature-related projects, Alex likes to drink too much coffee, go on hikes, and binge-watch supernatural television series such as The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.
Allie is a student at the Divinity School working toward her Masters in Theological Studies. Her academic interests lie in women and gender studies and social issues. Prior to this position, Allie worked with 3-7 year olds on reading and math and is excited to be working with an age group that already knows their ABC’s. When she is not working, Allie enjoys cooking (but mostly eating), sneaking in a novel in between homework, and trying to snuggle with her hyperactive puppy Bodhi.
Audrey is a junior majoring in Economics and hoping to find a career in data science. 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!
Bhaavya is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in scientific computing. Originally from New Delhi, India, she came to Vanderbilt via Potomac, Maryland, and Shanghai, China. At Vanderbilt, she researches mitochondrial dynamics in worms at MRB3, and also serves on the executive board for the Global Ambassadores. In her free time, she likes to read, write, listen to music, cheer on her favorite hockey team (the Washington Capitals), and gush about biology and her dog.
Bonnie is a junior College of Arts and Science student from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She is majoring in English, specializing in Literary Studies, and Russian while also minoring in Asian Studies. She is looking forward to starting her first year in the Writing Studio as she herself begins to grapple with writing to apply to graduate school. Before then, she is keen on studying abroad for the singular experience and opportunity to practice the languages she has chosen to study. In her free time she enjoys drawing, listening to select songs on loop, and becoming too invested in video games.
Carlina Duan is an MFA candidate in Poetry. She hails from Ann Arbor, MI, where she holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught English in Malaysia, where she also edited her school’s arts anthology, hosted recyclable fashion shows, and designed library murals. Her debut poetry collection, I Wore My Blackest Hair, is forthcoming from Little A in November 2017. She loves peaches, public art, and sprinting. Carlina currently works as assistant nonfiction and poetry editor for The Nashville Review.
Christine is a senior studying history and public policy in the College of Arts and Sciences. She spent most of her formative years in Shanghai, and is a member of the College Scholars program. She enjoys reading about the Soviet Union and economic theory, but also likes her mystery novels and comedienne autobiographies. Obsessively rewriting and reorganizing essay outlines is her tool of choice for procrastination. When she is not doing text or language-related activities, Christine can be found trying to stay up to date with the news, baking in her friend’s much nicer suite kitchen, and exploring local coffee shops.
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.
Gerald Nelson is a senior studying philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences. His hometown is Brooklyn, New York. He spent all of his childhood and early adulthood growing up in the city and plans to eventually move back home sometime in the future. His hobbies include playing chess, reading, and studying Japanese language. Gerald is considering graduate school in philosophy or perhaps working Japan after graduation.
Griffin is a Junior in the College of Arts and Science pursuing a double major in English and Human Organizational Development. He is the current social chair for Phi Psi and is a Curb Scholar. When he’s not working at the Writing Studio, you can find him writing music, cheering on the Yankees and complaining about the Knicks. After graduation, he wants to land a job in the music industry. He is an avid music fan and can talk about Kanye for hours, just ask him!
Kylie is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests include contemporary world literature, narrative theory, and postcolonial studies with a particular focus on science fiction and other forms of non-realist literature written in English. She is also engaged in research related to teaching and writing pedagogy. When she is not reading or writing, Kylie spends most of her free time training for marathons, attempting to practice yoga, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Lauren Mitchell is an author, and a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the English department. Her dissertation considers how the aesthetics of 19th century medical education (museums and atlases) are taken up by performance artists. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she got an M.S. in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, and worked at a New York City public hospital, providing patient care and teaching literature to medical students. She loves: listening to stories, adorable animals (broadly specified), aimless long walks, and helping students be their best selves. She is also an Aquarius. This is important.
Lucy Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English specializing in novels of the long eighteenth century. Her research interests include: theory and history of the novel, capitalism and commodity culture, critical theory, and women’s writing. She has a passion for traveling and exploring new cities, which has led to a weird fascination with supermarkets in general and, right now, Kroger’s in particular. She also spends much of her spare time in local coffee shops.
Lyn is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department. She is happy to be back at Vanderbilt’s Writing Studio for a second year. One of her favorite things to think about is what we owe each other. Working in the field of ethics, she explores questions like: Is monogamy compatible with respecting others’ autonomy? What is the value of anger in contexts of accountability (and what are its dangers)? What makes a good apology? When Lyn is not thinking about questions like these, she enjoys reading literary thrillers, going to the movies, and hanging out with her two favorite guinea pigs.
Marilyn is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical and Physical Biology program, where she uses X-rays and magnets to figure out how proteins and DNA talk to each other. Other writing-related activities include co-editing the BRET Results and Discussion newsletter, serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Editors’ Club at Vanderbilt, and occasionally writing for the VUMC Reporter. Her free time is filled with cooking, binge-watching Netflix with her dog, and fighting a losing battle against the mosquito-infested foliage in her backyard.
Mary Catherine Cook
Mary Catherine is a senior from Birmingham, AL majoring in Political Science with minors in French and Corporate Strategy. She enjoys learning about national security and U.S. foreign policy, and she spent this past spring semester studying abroad in Paris, France. Her passions include coffee, talking about politics, and watching old movies on rainy days. She is excited for another year at the Writing Studio, and looks forward to helping her fellow students better organize and express their ideas.
Mary is a senior studying American History and Medicine, Health, and Society. She is thrilled to be returning for another year at the Writing Studio. When she isn’t working, she can be found researching small cell lung cancer at VUMC, training for her third half marathon, or spending all of her meal money at Satay. She also enjoys telling people about the time she went to Plains and met Jimmy Carter, the subject of her honors thesis. True to her Seattle roots, Mary loves coniferous trees and likes it best when the weather is 55 degrees and overcast.
Patrick is a sophomore 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. 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 sophomore from San Jose, California majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chinese Language and Culture. In addition to stressing about pre-med classes and researching heart cell reprograming, he dances with the Vanderbilt Bhangradores and serves on the Susan Grey Murray House Fellowship board. In his spare time, you can find him watching Netflix or writing in his personal journal.
Sam is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a double major in English Literature and Economics. 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 devours current events on international affairs, works with refugees in the Nashville area, and volunteers with her sorority.
Sari is a PhD student in the English department, studying nineteenth-century British literature. Her research interests include the nonfiction essay, experimental and epistolary or periodical genres, and intersections between aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy. She also loves writing creative nonfiction essays. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys playing the piano, listening to music, walking, and hiking.
Scott is a junior pursuing a major in Earth and Environmental Science and conducts research on quartz growth kinetics when not in the Writing Studio. He was born and raised in New York City. He writes for the life section of The Hustler and can’t wait to meet you!
Shawn is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Religious Studies. He is interested in global development and the causes of religious and ethnic violence, and will spend the next year researching an honors thesis examining how the rise of Hindu nationalism in India has contributed to growing religious tension across the country. In his free time, he has an odd liking for distance running, excessively long Russian literature, and taking vague online courses in statistical analysis. He has spent this past summer struggling to learn Hindi in Jaipur, India, and is excited to be back in Music City.
Zach Gospe is a senior from California who is studying English and Computer Science. While Zach greatly enjoys writing scientific, analytical, and nonfictional works, he is most passionate about poetry and fiction. When he is not writing or reading, Zach can most often be found writing music, baking, going for long walks, or coding.
Zach is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Science studying Economics, Business, and Philosophy. He has lived in Los Angeles, California his whole life, but feels right at home here in Nashville. Although Zach is the Programming Chair for the Vanderbilt University Consulting Club and PR Chair for the annual Lights on the Lawn concert, he still finds time to watch soccer, explore the city, and FaceTime his dog. In the past, Zach has done research at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and interned for a software consulting company. He has been tutoring for 3 years, and is excited to be able to continue working with students at the Writing Studio.
Gary Jaeger, Director
Gary has been teaching writing and consulting writers for over a decade. In addition to being the Director of the Writing Studio, he is a senior lecturer in the Philosophy Department where he teaches classes in ethics, political philosophy, and Indian philosophy. His research interests are primarily in practical reasoning and metaethics. He is the author of Repression, Integrity and Practical Reasoning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophical Explorations, and Metaphilosophy. He earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago (2006) and a BA from Johns Hopkins University (1999), where he double majored in philosophy and writing. Before coming to Vanderbilt, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
John Bradley , Assistant Director
John is Assistant Director of the Writing Studio as well as Senior Lecturer in the English Department. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was introduced to writing center pedagogy and built up his passion for writing instruction and his conviction in the power of talk for the writing process. John’s research interests focus on twentieth-century American poetries, especially those of avant-garde and experimental movements.
Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator
Megan Minarich, Academic Support Coordinator
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 recently completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tennessee State University before returning to Vanderbilt to join the administrative team at the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services. Megan’s research interests center 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. Megan has been consulting and teaching collegiately for over ten years; 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. She holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2005) and a Masters in English from Stanford University (2006).
Simone McCarter, Academic Support Coordinator
Simone received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Studies with a concentration in religion and philosophy. Her research focuses on yoga and tantra traditions, especially the non-dual Śaiva traditions of Kashmir, and Sanskrit literature. She previously served as a writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley. Her teaching experience also includes courses taught at Emory, Temple, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Brad Daugherty, Post-Doctoral Associate
Brad is a postdoctoral associate at the Writing Studio as well as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities. His PhD is in Religious Studies from Vanderbilt, and he has previously worked as the writing tutor for the Divinity School. His research is primarily focused on the history of Christianity in Late Antiquity. His current work at the Center for Digital Humanities uses spatial analysis tools to better understand the division of Christianity in Roman North Africa.
Sarah Friddle, Administrative Assistant
Claire Sharpe, Office Clerk
Ellie Smith, Office Clerk
Laci Baker, Office Clerk