About the Writing Center

The Writing Center is located in Gowen 111. You may also contact us at
(206) 616-3354.

During Fall-Spring Quarter, our hours are:

We are open 5 days a week, Monday through Friday during the academic year (Autumn through Spring Quarters.) Our regular hours are

Monday -- Thursday 9:30-4:30
Friday 9:30-2:30

We typically open the second week of each academic quarter and are open through Wednesday of finals week.

To schedule an appointment, click here. We offer drop-in appointments every afternoon from 1:15 to close.

The Writing Center is affiliated with the departments of Political Science, Law, Societies, and Justice, Jackson School of International Studies, and the Comparative History of Ideas.

Who We Are


Jennifer Driscoll is the director of the Writing Center. Her current research focuses on race, punishment, and the politics of self-defense in the United States, and she specializes in the fields of Political Theory, American Politics, and Public Law. She has TA’ed in political theory, philosophy, and political communications, and was recognized in 2014 by the UW College of Arts and Sciences for exceptionally high student evaluations of her teaching. Jennifer is available to visit classes at the request of instructors and to conduct workshops to help students prepare for particular writing assignments. You can contact her at writdir[at]uw[dot]edu to arrange a classroom visit or a graduate tutoring session.


Undergraduate tutors:

Lindsey Trimmer is a senior double majoring in Political Science and the Comparative History of Ideas, with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the both the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the 2014-2015 Political Science Honors Program, for which she completed her thesis last Spring. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels and exploring the city! 

Ben Summerour is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in English, and is also pursuing coursework to meet Washington State high school teaching endorsements. He is primarily interested in education policy, issues of homelessness, and how information networks and personal ideology can influence discourse in America. Ben is currently a leader with the UW Dream Project’s operation at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle, where he and a group of mentors work with low-income and minority students on college and scholarship applications as they further develop their post-high school plans. In his gradually diminishing bursts of free time, Ben enjoys running, service work, long conversations with his friends, and yelling with people about movies.

Hannah Schwendeman is a senior majoring in Anthropology and LSJ with College Honors. Last year, she participated in the LSJ group honors thesis and researched life sentences without parole in Washington State. Hannah is specifically interested in mass incarceration, sentencing reform, and prison education. She also participates in student theater on campus. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys going to concerts and theater performances around Seattle, or just watching Netflix in her bed. 

Anna Mikkelborg is a junior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice, and minoring in Ethics. She also works as an editor for the Jackson School Journal of International Studies and as a research assistant on the Mass Movements Database Project. Her non-academic pastimes include drinking coffee and running off the post-coffee jitters in Seattle's beautiful parks.

Julie Michlal is a junior majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. Enthralled by the sheer amount of knowledge there is to discover, she dedicates much of her time to reading, writing, discussing, and thinking. Originally from Israel, Julie understands that navigating a brand new cultural environment can be very intimidating. She is friendly and welcoming, and does her best to aid her peers in their academic endeavors. In her free time, Julie enjoys dancing at parties, cooking (and subsequently eating) delicious meals, and engaging in stimulating conversations.

Olivia Gee is a senior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice, with several minors that she keeps forgetting to declare. Her Honors thesis focused on life without parole sentences in Washington, but her primary research interests lie in the geographical and environmental disparities associated with race and class. Her walk-up song would be Trill by Clipse.

Laura Bet is a senior majoring in Political Science and Communications. Her research is primarily concerned with the role of news media in shaping American political discourse and thought. She was an editor at the Washington Undergraduate Law Review and has spent time as a political intern. She is also a bookseller at Barnes & Noble and spends most of her paychecks on books and coffee.

Chloe Akahori is a junior majoring in International Studies on the Foreign Diplomacy/International Security track with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. On campus, Chloe is involved in human rights activism and is the President of a new organization called Human Rights Society, which is partnered with a Washington State non-profit. Chloe is intrigued by a large variety of social justice issues and their relationship to overarching structures and institutions. She is particularly interested in the production of discourse and how global conversations critically influence our perspective and understanding of systemic realities. Along with JSIS and LSJ related material, Chloe has experience and interest across a variety of disciplines— ranging from sociology to political science, medical anthropology, and gender studies.

Graduate tutors:

Greg Shtraks is a PhD student studying Sino-Russian and Sino-Kazakh relations at the Jackson School of International Studies. In his free time he enjoys playing chess, hiking, meditating, studying Neanderthals, and spending time with his family. Greg was born in Russia, grew up in New Jersey, and spend several years in China and in Washington DC. Graduate students can email Greg at gshtraks[at]uw[dot]edu.

Sean Butorac is a third-year Ph.D. student in Political Science, specializing in Political Theory, Race and Minority Politics, and Public Law. His research engages contemporary democratic theory and African American political thought, and he is currently studying the works of Hannah Arendt and James Baldwin on the relationship between love and democratic politics. His other work examines mass incarceration in the United States, particularly its effects on families and communities. Sean primarily TA’s in political theory, but his teaching and research interests also include race, rights discourses, the politics of detention, and writing pedagogy. Graduate students can email Sean at sbutorac[at]uw[dot]edu.