Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Writing Center

 

Administration

Elena Kallestinova Graduate School
Director
203-432-7725
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Elena Kallestinova
Yvette Barnard
McDougal Center
Administrative
Associate and Program
Coordinator
203-432-8850
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Yvette Barnard
 

Program Coordinators

Rachel Scheinerman
Religious Studies
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Rachel Scheinerman
Rachel Silbermann Political Science
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Rachel Silbermann
Jessica Nelson
Neuroscience
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Jessica Nelson
 
 

McDougal Graduate Writing Advisors

Michael Blaakman
History
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Michael Blaakman

Michael Blaakman is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in early American history. Before coming to Yale, he earned a B.A. in History at William & Mary. He has been a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and currently holds a dissertation writing fellowship from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn. His research on land speculation after the American Revolution draws together political, cultural, and economic history. He also has keen interests in gender studies and in the challenge of writing for multiple audiences. Michael is especially glad to consult with graduate students from humanities and social science departments. Please note that Michael accepts Skype appointments only.

Tasha
Dobbin-Bennett

Near Eastern
Languages
& Civilizations
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Shawn Fraistat

Tasha Dobbin-Bennett is a seventh-year PhD candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She holds a Master of Arts in Ancient History and Egyptology, with a specialization in Anthropology, from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In addition, she also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations from Victoria University, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in International Business from Massey University, New Zealand. Her research interests include ancient medicine, thanatology, art, religion, and archaeology. She has experience consulting with students across disciplines within the humanities, and especially those students with interdisciplinary interests.

Jeannia Fu
Public Health
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Jeannia  Fu

Jeannia Fu is a third-year PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Her research focuses primarily on HIV prevention and drug policy. After graduating from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, she worked for five years as a research assistant and has extensive experience in reviewing conference abstracts, manuscripts for peer review, presentations, and grant and fellowship proposals. She is happy to work with graduate students of any discipline on anything of their choosing.

Laurie Lomask
Spanish
& Portuguese
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Laurie Lomask

Laurie Lomask is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her dissertation looks at the motif of walking in Spanish literature from the late modern period. She is interested in poetry and interdisciplinary studies between literature, visual arts, and music. Laurie’s previous degrees include a B.A. from Boston University in Hispanic Languages and Literature, minors in Mathematics and Visual Arts, graduate studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and University of Auckland. She has near-native command of Spanish, advanced proficiency in French, intermediate level in Portuguese and beginner skills of Hebrew. She looks forward to consulting students from all disciplines, especially those working with English as a second language.

Rachel
Scheinerman

Religious Studies
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Rachel Scheinerman

Rachel Scheinerman is a sixth year doctoral student in the Religious Studies department and holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale and a MA in Hebrew Bible from Harvard. Her dissertation explores the early development of the Passover seder. She speaks Hebrew and, being a Religious Studies nerd, reads Aramaic and ancient Greek. In 2012, she won the Mark and Ruth Luckens International Essay Competition for a paper on Genesis 49:10 and its subsequent messianic interpretation in Jewish and Christian tradition. While she is most comfortable reading papers in the humanities, she would be happy to tackle papers in the social sciences as well.

Courtney
Thompson

History of Medicine
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Courtney Thompson

Courtney Thompson is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science and Medicine. Her work focuses primarily on scientific approaches to crime in nineteenth-century Europe and America. Her research interests also include history of the body and mind, relationship between art and science, visual culture, French history, modernism in art and literature, and science as popular culture. She has advanced proficiency in French and reading skills in German. Before coming to Yale University, Courtney has earned an A.B. in History and Science from Harvard. She also has a background in art, and she is happy to work with graduate students from historical, cultural, and literary disciplines.

Kasey Christopher
Genetics
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Kasey Christopher

Kasey is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Genetics. Her dissertation research focuses on the relationship between the Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway and the small cellular organelle known as the cilium. In particular, she studies a novel mouse mutant with defects in limb and spinal cord development resulting from a loss of normal cilia formation and function. She has earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences, concentration in Genetics and Development, Cornell University and won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship’ PEO Scholar Award. Kasey is eager to advise fellow students within the natural sciences on their papers and grant or fellowship proposals. Additionally, she has experience in preparing successful conference presentations and would be happy to provide feedback on oral presentations, slides, and posters.

Shawn Fraistat Political Science
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Shawn Fraistat is a finishing Ph.D. student in political science who studies political theory and the history of intellectual thought. His research focuses on ancient Greek and early modern thinkers, and he is presently working on a dissertation about authority in the works of Plato, Rousseau, and William Godwin. His previous degrees include an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park.

Shawn Fraistat
Daria Huang
Chemistry
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Daria Huang

Daria Huang is a second year Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry and holds a B.S. in Chemistry and minor in English from Georgetown University where she was a Clare Booth Luce Scholar. Her research focuses on developing organometallic catalysts for the purposes of green energy processes such as methanol and hydrogen fuel cells. Her work specifically focuses on the chemical and electrocatalytic applications of homogenous and heterogeneous iridium catalysts. Daria has won a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and hopes that her experience writing for fellowship and grant money can help students of all disciplines. Additionally, she welcomes students with questions about dissertation chapters, manuscripts to be submitted for peer review, and any work of their choosing.

Lauren Ann
Metskas

Molecular Biophysics
& Biochemistry
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Lauren Ann Metskas

Lauren Ann is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; she is also a student in the Integrated Graduate Program in Physics and Engineering Biology. A lover of single-molecule biophysics, her research focuses on conformational changes in troponin, a cardiac protein that regulates contraction. Specifically, she is working to determine whether disease-causing mutations disrupt troponin’s conformational dynamics. She earned her B.A. (Exercise Science) and M.S. (Biological Sciences) from Smith College, and holds a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. Lauren Ann is comfortable working with students across the natural sciences, and is experienced in presenting interdisciplinary research to mixed audiences. She looks forward to advising her peers on papers, fellowship and grant proposals, and scientific posters.

Samuel Southgate
Sociology
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Samuel Southgate

Samuel Southgate is a fourth-year PhD candidate in sociology. He formerly worked as a newspaper journalist and copy editor. His undergraduate degree was in philosophy from the University of York in UK and he holds Master's degrees in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London and Political Science from Yale University. His research interests include social theory, medical sociology, medical anthropology, mental health, philosophy of social science. Samuel has an intermediate/advanced command of Arabic. He is happy to work with graduate students in all disciplines.

 

McDougal Graduate Writing Fellows

Melanie Chambliss
African American/ American Studies
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Melanie Chambliss
Adrienne Cohen
Anthropology
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Adrienne Cohen
Kristina
Guild Douglass

Anthropology
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Kristina Guild Douglass
Natalie Ma
Molecular Cellular
& Developmental Biology
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Natalie Ma
Jessica Nelson
Neuroscience
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Jessica Nelson
Rachel
Silbermann

Political Science
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Rachel Silbermann
Lara Chausow
Political Science
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Lara Chausow
Yan Gao
Cell Biology
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Yan Gao
Carolee Klimchock
American Studies
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Carolee Klimchock
Yagmur Muftuoglu
Pharmacology
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Yagmur Muftuoglu
Taylor Papallo
Italian
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Taylor Papallo