Our writing consultants are graduate students who have extensive experience with graduate-level writing as well as teaching and working one-on-one. Feel free to make an appointment with the writing consultant in the academic area most similar to yours, but all writing consultants have been trained to help graduate students with general writing issues in any field.

Foreign languages: a few of our writing consultants feel comfortable reading work in other languages. See their bios for more information.

 

Adrienne
Department: Applied Linguistics
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Qualitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, English Language Learners
Bio: Adrienne is a fifth-year doctoral student in Applied Linguistics, with research interests in conversation analysis, language and literacy acquisition, and multilingualism. She has also done work on medical communication in the mental health field. She earned her BA in English Literature from UCLA and her MA in Linguistics from Georgetown University and has professional experience in journalism, education, and international development. Adrienne enjoys travel, wine tasting, and Mario Kart (Yoshi is her favorite character). She likes the exclamation point because sometimes you just really need to convey some tone!

Alex S.
Department: David Geffen School of Medicine
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Medical Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis 
Bio: 
Alex S. is a fourth-year student in the UCLA-Caltech MD/PhD program. His clinical interests are in oncology and his research centers on organic chemistry: total synthesis, methods, and applications to medicine. Alex S. obtained a BA in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received national awards such as the Goldwater Scholarship and the ACS Organic Division Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He was also a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Outside of lab, Alex S. enjoys swimming, weight lifting, and photography. Like many others, and for good reason, his favorite punctuation mark is the em—dash.
Languages: Mandarin (conversational) 

Alexandra V.
Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners
Bio: Alexandra V. is a fourth-year PhD student in the English Department, where she focuses on Medieval and Renaissance literature. Alexandra V. earned her BA in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2006 and her MA in English from Columbia University in 2010. In between college and graduate school, she worked as an Americorps member and taught English as a Second Language to adults. Her favorite punctuation mark is the question mark because asking good questions is crucial to effective writing.
Languages: French (fluent), Spanish (conversational) 

Allison
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Oral Presentations, Revision
Bio: Allison is a second-year PhD student in Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on Renaissance literature and culture.  Allison earned her BA in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and her MA in Humanities from New York University. She  has experience in teaching and academic publishing. In her spare time, Allison enjoys running, cooking, and watching too much  Netflix. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon, for times when the Facebook relationship between two independent  clauses is complicated.
Languages: Spanish (fluent) 

Anne
Department: Human Development and Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Policy Writing, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision, Masters Thesis
Bio: Anne is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Psychology division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her research interests include oral language development during early childhood and language assessment in elementary school, with a particular focus on English language learners. She earned her BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Education Studies from Brandeis University. Prior to attending UCLA, she did research in neuroanesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Anne has been a big fan of exclamation points since childhood, but she has learned to avoid overusing them (for the most part)!

Ariella
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Lab Reports, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Articles Manuscripts

Bio: Ariella is a second year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department, where her research  focuses on fabricating porous silicon particles for targeted drug delivery applications. She earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry/  Materials Science from UCLA in 2014. Ariella received several awards as an undergraduate, including a Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship through National Science Foundation and a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship while studying abroad. As a graduate student, she is a recipient of a MSE departmental fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. When away from the lab (a rare occurrence), Ariella enjoys travelling (Chile is next on the list) and cycling. Her favorite punctuation mark is the question mark. How else would she come up with her experiments?

Diane
Department: Development Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Style/Flow, Writing Process, Masters Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: Diane is a fifth-year PhD student in Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on the associations between the neural, hormonal, and behavioral changes that occur during adolescence. She earned a BS in Psychology at UCSD and an MA and CPhil in Psychology at UCLA. Diane is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and an NIH-funded T32 Training Grant, as well as the William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Mentoring award. She is proficient in Spanish. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon; it is her preferred method for emphasizing connections between related ideas.
Languages: Spanish (fluent) 

Domale
Department: Social Sciences & Comparative Education
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing,  Professional Writing, Humanities, Qualitative Methods, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Narrative Writing, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, English Language Learners 

Bio: Domale is a third-year doctoral student in Social Science and Comparative Education and specializes in International and Comparative Education. Her primary research interest is K-12 education in Sub-Saharan Africa especially the integration of indigenous knowledge into science curriculum. She received a BA in English from Trinity University and an M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before arriving at UCLA, she taught high school English in San Antonio, Texas. In her free time she likes to run, cook, and paint. Her favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point because it makes reading aloud much more exciting!

Drew
Department: Epidemiology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Social Sciences, Medical Writing, Professional Writing, Quantitative Methods, Statistics, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis

Bio: Drew is a third-year doctoral student in the Epidemiology Department in the Fielding School of Public Health. Her research interests are in infectious disease and social epidemiology specifically focusing on the influences of social networks on sexual health behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases. Drew graduated with a BS in Public Health Sciences from Clemson University in 2009 before completing her MSPH in Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina in 2012. As an Epidemiology PhD student, Drew is a current recipient of the Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship. To decompress from schoolwork, Drew enjoys reading, cooking, and watching way too much TV. Her favorite punctuation mark is the ellipsis because sometimes … less information is just as effective.

Eric
Department:English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Academic Job Market, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision
Bio: Eric is a sixth-year doctoral student in the English. His research focuses on the interrelation between queerness, literary form and political imagination in early twentieth century American literatures across the color line. After receiving his BA in English and Journalism from NYU, Eric worked as a business journalist covering the fashion, cosmetics, restaurant and alcoholic beverage industries. He also holds an MA in Humanities with a focus on American literature, critical theory and queer studies from the University of Chicago. In his free time, Eric enjoys watching movies, biking, creative crafting and working on a long series of Photoshop projects that re-imagine his cat as various feminist icons of the twentieth century. His favorite punctuation mark—and often his worst enemy—is the em dash.

Erin
Department: History
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Writing Process, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation
Bio: Erin is completing her dissertation in American History. Her research examines town-building and urban growth in the late- nineteenth and early twentieth century, focusing on the intersections of economic and community development. She previously earned a BA in Economics and History from UCLA and an MS in Construction Management from California State University, Chico. Erin has taught in the School of Engineering at Chico State and has been awarded multiple teaching fellowships to teach undergraduate writing courses at UCLA. In her (not necessarily) free time she enjoys watching college sports, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite punctuation mark is the dash – because there are times when other punctuation marks just won’t do.

Jay
Department: Sociology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Science, Qualitative Methods, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners

Bio: Jay is a graduate student in the Sociology department where he studies the political sociology of urban migration in South Africa. He earned his BA in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley. He holds an MS in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Forced Migration Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he was also a Fulbright Student (US Fellowship). While at UCLA, he has received the Karpf Peace Prize, Graduate Mentorship Fellowship, and a Boren Fellowship for his research in South Africa and studies in Zulu. Prior to coming to UCLA, Jay taught English in  Central America and studied in Chile and France. His favorite punctuation is the ellipsis because…
Languages: Spanish (conversational), French (conversational) 

Jenny
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Cultural Studies, Business Writing, Translation, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, English Language Learners

Bio: Jenny is a PhD student in UCLA’s department of Comparative Literature, where she studies early modern cultures of translation in Spain, France, and the Americas. She holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Latin American Literature from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. At UCLA, her work has been supported by two Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowships and by a Pre-dissertation Research Fellowship from the Center for European and Eurasian Studies. Jenny will read your work in Spanish, French, or English, and she is happy to talk about writing with you in Spanish upon request. She knows where to find her favorite punctuation mark, the colon, on all three keyboard configurations.
Languages: Spanish (fluent), French (fluent) 

Katelyn
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Style/Flow, Revision, Dissertation
Bio: Katelyn is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She earned her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Santa Clara University and her master's degree in Biochemistry while at UCLA. During her graduate studies, she received the UCLA Alumni Association Fellowship and is a trainee on the Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant (part of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award). When not in the lab, Katelyn enjoys baking (which she considers chemistry in the kitchen) and creative writing. Her favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point!

Laura
Department: Health Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Style/Flow, Masters Thesis 

Bio: Laura is a fourth year graduate student in UCLA's Health Psychology doctoral program. She earned her MA in Psychology at UCLA, and earned her BS in Human Development at Cornell University with concentrations in Social and Personality Development, and Nutrition and Health. Laura's research interests center on understanding the biopsychosocial causes and effects of eating behavior. Her most recent work investigates how comfort eating affects stress processes. She is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Outside the lab, Laura loves hiking, singing, and playing tennis. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon; she loves clarifying one sentence with another.

Marilyn
Bio: Marilyn Gray is the director of the UCLA Graduate Writing Center. She has an MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Her dissertation examines Mikhail Bakhtin’s anthropology and narrative theories from the perspective of Russian theological anthropology. After completing her BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University, she lived and worked in Moscow for four years. During her graduate work at UCLA, she taught Russian language and English composition, served as a Teaching Assistant for a variety of courses, and worked for the Center for Digital Humanities assisting faculty with instructional technology. She is a big fan of the em-dash and semi-colon when used judiciously.

Mercedes
Department: Anthropology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Narrative Writing, Application Documents, Scrivener, Masters Thesis, English Language Learners

Bio: Mercedes is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. She studies linguistic anthropology with emphasis on the discourse of corporate responsibility, legal policy, and the sharing economy. Her current research explores issues of personhood (both human and corporate) and distributed cognition in the context of collaborative workplace interactions. In prior research, she examined participatory governance structures and public-private partnerships in Honduras as well as doctor-patient interactions in a community health clinic in Arizona. Mercedes has BA degrees in journalism and Spanish, and MA degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and linguistic anthropology. She has taught K-12 Spanish, and college-level ESL and Freshman Composition in addition to courses for undergraduate students in anthropology. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma because it draws attention to contingency and relationships of subordination.

Natsuki
Department: Developmental Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Academic Job Market, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners

Bio: Natsuki is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology. Her research examines how bilingual language experience affects cognitive development during early childhood. She has B.A. degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies from Indiana University and an MA degree in Psychology from UCLA. Natsuki is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and she has also been a finalist for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Natsuki grew up speaking both English and Japanese, and she has experience tutoring young children acquiring English as a non-native language. In her spare time, Natsuki enjoys going to Disneyland and traveling. Her favorite punctuation mark—like that of many of her colleagues—is the em-dash.
Languages: Japanese (conversational) 

Rebecca
Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Qualitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Master's Thesis, Dissertation, English Language Learners 
Bio:
Rebecca is a fifth-year PhD student in the English Department, where her research focuses are Medieval and Near Eastern literature.  She graduated from New York University with a degree in English and psychology. She holds a Master's Degree in Literature, a California Teaching Credential, and a certificate in Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a Teach for America corps member alumna and has over five years of teaching experience at the high school, adult school, and community college level, specializing in writing and ESL. She recently worked for an educational non-profit organization where she developed and implemented college-awareness programming and supplemental academic curriculum for Los Angeles-area elementary, middle, and high schools, and she will probably always be interested in urban education alongside a fascination with 1000-year-old manuscripts. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash. 

Renee
Department: English
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Academic Job Market, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Writing Process, Revision 

Bio: Renee is a PhD student in the English Department who specializes in twentieth-century American and transnational literatures. Renee earned her BA in English at Stanford University in 2005 and an MA (2011) and CPhil (2012) in English at UCLA. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the relationship between political violence and aesthetic form. Her favorite punctuation mark—if she had to pick one—is the em dash.

Tahseen
Department: Sociology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Professional Writing, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Academic Job Market, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Revision, Masters Thesis, Dissertation

Bio: Tahseen is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Sociology. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Southern Mississippi and UCLA respectively. She is interested in, and has published articles on, international migration, race, ethnicity, nationalism, and religion. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as UCLA's Graduate Division University Fellowship. She can speak Bangla (her first language), Hindi, and Urdu. Tahseen is an avid fan of fantasy novels and Korean TV shows. Her favorite punctuation mark is the period.
Languages: Bangla (fluent), Hindi (conversational), Urdu (conversational) 

Tolu
Department: Education & Information Studies
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, STEM, Social Sciences, Legal Writing, Policy Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Mixed Methods, Qualitative Methods, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Writing Process, Revision, Style/Flow, Dissertation
Bio: Tolu is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Urban Schooling Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her broad research interests are education policy; education markets; school segregation; school choice; race, class, and mobility; and the spatial dimensions of shooting. Her specific research is on school boundaries and how they limit African American students' access to quality education. Tolu earned both her BS (Biology) and JD from the University of Miami, and prior to attending UCLA, she taught ninth-grade Algebra in South Los Angeles. She also teaches Composition to first-year undergraduate students at UCLA and she has co-taught various courses on race, class, and gender at UCLA. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma.


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