Fall 2018 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Studies with a concentration in religion and philosophy. Her pedagogical training and intensive language study in Sanskrit, Hindi, French, and Italian inform her insights into the technical aspects and underlying structures of writing and communication. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she held faculty positions at Temple University and at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She also served as a language instructor (Hindi) at Emory University and as a critical writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of California, Berkeley. Simone conducts research in the field of yoga and tantra studies, especially the Śaiva traditions of medieval Kashmir. At the Writing Studio, her research focuses on multimodal digital composition, collaborative learning, and ESL in tutoring and writing consultations.
Sarah Friddle, Administrative Assistant