Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Writing Center

 

Administration

Elena Kallestinova Elena Kallestinova, PhD Assistant Dean
and Director
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Yvette Barnard Yvette Barnard
McDougal Center
Administrative Associate
and Program Coordinator
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Writing Center Coordinators

Michael Blaakman Michael Blaakman
Coordinating Advisor
History
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Taylor Papallo Taylor Papallo
Coordinating Fellow
Italian
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Writing Advisors

Erica is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her focus is on surface and groundwater hydrology, and her research investigates impacts of fossil fuel extraction on freshwater resources. Before coming to Yale, Erica earned a B.A. in Environmental Earth Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and worked for several years as a science writer for a consulting firm in Washington, DC. In 2013, Erica received her Masters of Environmental Management, an interdisciplinary degree, from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Erica has experience in writing a wide-range of pieces including policy papers, grant proposals, textbook chapters, and journal comments. She looks forward to helping students in the social sciences and natural sciences with any writing projects.

Nicole is a third-year Ph.D. student and Gruber Fellow in the Experimental Pathology and Vascular Biology and Therapeutics programs. Before coming to Yale, Nicole was a Bishops' Scholar at Mount Saint Mary’s University and also worked for the US Army doing biological research. Currently, her thesis research focuses around determining how to expedite wound healing and the role different proteins play in this process. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys playing tennis, running, biking, swimming, doing triathlons, and reading. Nicole is looking forward to working with fellow science nerds on articles, grants/fellowships, papers, and dissertations. Additionally, Nicole loves making power points and giving presentations, so if anyone needs help with these things as well, feel free to book an appointment with her!

Lauren Ann is a fifth-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.

Rachel Scheinerman is a seventh-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.

Ila Tyagi is a second-year PhD student in American Studies and Film & Media Studies. Her research focuses on the American oil industry in moving images. She received an AB in English Literature from Brown University in 2009, and completed an MA in American Studies at Columbia University before arriving at Yale. Ila worked in corporate public relations between college and graduate school. She grew up in India and Kuwait.

Erica Barth-Naftilan Erica Barth-Naftilan
Forestry & Environmental     Studies
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Nicole Calabro

Nicole Calabro
Pathology
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Nicole Calabro
Pathology
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Lauren Ann Metskas Lauren Ann Metskas
Molecular Biophysics     & Biochemistry
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Rachel Scheinerman Rachel Scheinerman
Religious Studies
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Ila Tyagi

Ila Tyagi
Pathology
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Ila Tyagi
American Studies     and Film & Media Studies
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Michael Blaakman is a fifth-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.

Daria Huang is a third-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.

Lynda Paul is a first-year MFA student in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago, and Yale University, where she received distinction on her PhD dissertation analyzing the soundscapes of Cirque du Soleil and Las Vegas. After completing her doctorate, Lynda served on the faculty at Yale in an interdisciplinary postdoctoral position during which she taught courses in several different humanities departments—an experience emblematic of the scope of her research and teaching interests, which encompass a wide variety of cultural/historical issues, artistic genres, time periods, and geographic/linguistic areas. She is an enthusiastic writing teacher and tutor, and especially welcomes students from humanistic and arts-related disciplines.

Hosna is a sixth-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. She spent the last two years conducting fieldwork in Tehran, Iran on the role of publishers and translators in the selection and production of translated texts of Western social science and philosophy. Her dissertation-in-progress explores questions surrounding the circulation of knowledge, censorship, critical thinking, and public reason. Her doctoral research was supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) as well as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she focused on medieval English Literatures. She is a native speaker of Farsi and an intermediate speaker of Arabic and Spanish. Hosna is happy to work with graduate students from both the humanities and social sciences, as well those working with English as a second language.

Michael Blaakman Michael Blaakman
History
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Daria Huang Daria Huang
Chemistry
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Lynda Paul Lynda Paul
School of Drama
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Hosna Sheikholeslami

Hosna Sheikholeslami
Anthropology
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Hosna Sheikholeslami
Pathology
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Writing Fellows

Kristina Douglass is a sixth-year PhD Candidate in Anthropology within the sub-field of Archaeology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College, subsequently completed the University of Pennsylvania’s Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies, and earned an MPhil in Anthropology from Yale. Her research is focused on understanding the process of human colonization of the southwest coast of Madagascar through survey and excavation of several archaeological sites. She is particularly interested in the dynamic relationship between human communities, environment and climate. As a Writing Fellow at Yale Kristina especially enjoys organizing workshops and sessions on grant writing, successfully harnessing technology for academic writing, and writing for field-based research disciplines.

Daria Huang is a third-year PhD candidate in Chemistry. She graduated from Georgetown University where she was a Clare Booth Luce Scholar with a major in Chemistry and minor in English. Stemming from her interest in energy sciences, Daria’s research focuses on developing organometallic iridium catalysts for the purposes of green energy processes such as methanol and hydrogen fuel cells. Daria has won a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and organizes many of the NSF-related workshops and peer review groups in addition to her other duties as a Writing Fellow. She hopes that her experience as both an Advisor and Fellow will help address students’ needs at both an individual and ensemble level.

Nicole Larsen is a sixth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics with a B.S. in Physics and in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech. Her main research interest lies at the intersection of particle physics and cosmology: dark matter. Specifically, she is working on the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) experiment, a xenon-based dark matter search located nearly a mile underground in Lead, South Dakota, and PIXeY (Particle Identification in Xenon at Yale), is a smaller xenon-based experiment for detection and imaging of radioactive materials. Nicole was a 2009 recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a 2013 winner of the P.E.O. Scholar Award.

Taylor Papallo is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Italian, with a BA in Italian Studies and English from Boston University. Taylor is currently in the final stages of a dissertation project entitled Green Scenes: Environmentalism and Genre in 1950s and 1960s Italy, and his broader research interests include twentieth-century Italian literature, contemporary Italian cinema, Italian-American culture, ecocriticism, and genre theory. He is excited to return as a Writing Fellow and to continue to help the Yale community with its writing-related needs.

Kristina Douglass Kristina Douglass
Anthropology
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Daria Huang Daria Huang
Chemistry
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Nicole Larsen Nicole Larsen
Physics
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Taylor Papallo Taylor Papallo
Italian
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Mary Frazer Mary Frazer is a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her field of specialization is Assyriology and her dissertation research focuses on a group of royal letters in Akkadian that were copied in later Mesopotamian tradition. She holds a BA in Classics and Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and, after her MPhil (2012), spent a year studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

Lizzie Krontiris is a third-year PhD student in Political Science, studying Political Theory. She is interested in the work of Hannah Arendt & the German philosophical traditions that it draws from and comments on, in European political thought more broadly, and in the history of political thought. She holds a MA (Political Theory) and a BA (‘Fundamentals: Issues & Texts’ - a course of study in literature and philosophy) from the University of Chicago. She is interested in helping students across the humanities and social sciences meet their writing challenges.

Yagmur Muftuoglu is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology and currently works in a crystallography lab. She holds degrees in Biophysics and in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has extensive experience presenting complex material in written form. A successful grant writer herself, she is very happy to assist fellow students in such endeavors!

Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong is a second year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research focuses on plant evolution in stressful environments. After graduating from Brown University with degrees in environmental science and linguistics, Miranda spent a year studying climate change in the deep past at the National Museum of Natural History. She is especially interested in writing tools and software and is excited to join the Writing Fellows this year.

Mary Frazer Mary Frazer
Near Eastern Languages     & Civilizations
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Elizabeth Krontiris Elizabeth Krontiris
Political Science
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Yagmur Muftuoglu Yagmur Muftuoglu
Pharmacology
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Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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