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The Writing Center is affiliated with the departments of Political Science, Law, Societies, and Justice, and Jackson School of International Studies.
Allison Rank is a doctoral candidate in Political Science. Her dissertation research explores the political and social construction of "youth" as a category in twentieth century American politics. She has TAed various courses in Political Science and was co-recipient of the department’s 2011 prize for Best TA. She is excited to return for her second year as the director of the POLS/LSJ/JSIS Writing Center. Allison is available to come into classes at the request of instructors and do workshops to help students prepare for particular assignments. She has office hours on Tuesdays from 2:30pm – 3:30pm and Fridays from 11am – 12pm. You can contact her at writdir[at]uw[dot]edu to arrange a classroom visit.
James McCammon is a second year student in the Jackson School's Master's of International Studies program. His focus is on economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically how institutional variance within countries contributes (or not) to development. Prior to starting work on his Master's, James received his Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and worked for The Boeing Company for three and a half years. Subsequently, he spent a year teaching English in Seoul, South Korea followed by a year as an AmeriCorps stationed with a local nonprofit. James loves to write and is excited to share this passion with students. He is available to meet with graduate students on Mondays from 11:30am - 1:30pm, Thursdays from 3pm - 5pm, and by appointment.
Carolina Johnson is a fourth year PhD student in Political Science. Her research examines outcomes from participatory governance innovations in established democracies, with a particular focus on comparing effects between different institutional designs. Prior to coming to UW she received an MPhil in Politics from Oxford University. Carolina is particularly interested in helping with advanced research projects and improving writing for social science. She is available to meet with graduate students on Tuesdays from 12:30pm - 2pm, Wednesdays from 10:30am - 12pm, and by appointment.
Juliya Ziskina is double-majoring in Law, Societies & Justice and Political Science, with a minor in Human Rights and departmental honors in the LSJ program. As Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Undergraduate Law Review, she has experience editing papers on a wide variety of legal topics. In addition to her academic work, she completed an internship at the ACLU of Washington and is currently an intern at the Innocence Project Northwest. In her free time, she paints murals for non-profit organizations across Washington state and spends too much time on JSTOR and Netflix. Juliya is committed to research on the death penalty, feminist theory, and freedom of speech in various legal systems around the world.
Lauren Martin is a senior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice with departmental and college honors as well as minoring in International Studies. She is particularly interested in work related to international justice, human rights, and advocacy. In addition to tutoring through the POLS/LSJ/JSIS Writing Center, Lauren serves as a mentor with the UW Dream Project (an on-campus organization that helps underrepresented high school students with all aspects of the college application and admission process) as well as working as a peer mentor with the IE3 International Internship organization run through Oregon State University.
Grace Flott is pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Studies and French with a particular interest in global labor history and the politics of Latin America and Europe. With more essays under her belt than she would like to remember, Grace's writing experience in the social sciences is diverse and includes historical research, public policy proposals, and the infamous JSIS 200-series short paper. She gets a thrill from battling language barriers and triple-word scores in Scrabble.
Daniel Jeon is a junior in the Law, Societies and Justice and Communications (Journalism) programs with interests in different legal institutes and cultures of media. He enjoys playing with the power of words and looks to spread that joy.
Thomas Gratz is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on political economy. He is particularly interested in the way studies of political science and the economy intersect in the subfield of political theory and in the reality of political and economic trade-offs. Additional areas of interest include the political economy of development, ethics, and criminal justice. Thomas has previous experience as a research assistant and an independent researcher.
Griffin Smith is a senior majoring in Political Science and English. His focus has mainly been in American Politics and Political Theory. A grizzled veteran of the Pol S/LSJ/Jackson School Writing Center, this is his second year as a tutor.
Willie Brenc is a senior majoring in Political Science and History. While he has a particular interest in political economics and economic history, he has tried to take classes concerning each continent rather than focusing in on a particular nation or region. Willie has prior tutoring experience with younger children and with Xhosa-speaking South Africans seeking to improve their English skills.