Writing & Research Center
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Our Staff

Our tutors and research librarians see themselves as reflective and intelligent readers who -- by asking questions and reporting accurately their reading reactions -- can help you discover what others have said, what you have said, what you might want to say, and how your readers are likely to understand you.

Though they are trained to be able to help you develop your ideas and strengthen your task assessment, research, drafting, organization, revision, rhetorical and self-editing skills and strategies, they are not "correctors" or editors. Everything about the interactions between tutor, research librarian, and writer supports the OWRC's central goal of helping you achieve self-sufficiency in your research, learning, and writing.  What does that mean?  It means that, at the OWRC, our tutors and research librarians are likely to help you by talking with you about things like the appropriate information for supporting an argument or crafting persuasive claims.  We can also help you with high-level, transferable skills like understanding the nature of information and its relationship to writing, thinking, and learning, or refining your understanding of the roles research and information literacy play in successful scholarship.

Mayowa Aina

MAYOWA AINA - Undergraduate Tutor

Mayowa is a sophomore working towards a degree in International Studies with a minor in Music. Her favorite topics to write about include history and literature, as well as personal statements and career-related writings such as resumes. She really enjoys a collaborative writing process and gets most excited helping students develop their theses, organize, and refine their writing. Aside from school and work, Mayowa loves to try new foods, go on adventures around Seattle (and the world!), read, watch movies, and take nice, long naps.

Kamran Ali

KAMRAN ALI - Undergraduate Tutor

Kamran is a senior in Bioengineering with a minor in Bioethics and Humanities. His primary work revolves around the sciences and laboratory research, but he is also passionate about history and philosophy. Kamran is particularly adept at brainstorming and developing the fundamental aspects of a successful writing piece. He spends his free time reading books, watching history lectures online, and playing board/video games.

Jessica Bao

JESSICA BAO - Undergraduate Tutor

Jessica is a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Human-centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) with a concentration in Human-computer Interaction (HCI). She is most familiar with technical writing, as well as personal statements and cover letters. Her favorite stages of writing are brainstorming and argument developing while she is also comfortable with whatever you have. Jessica likes reading poetry, listening to music and graphic designing when she is not working.

Gabbie Barnes

GABBIE BARNES - Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant

Gabbie is a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program and a Reference and Instruction Specialist on the Graduate Assistant Crew. She holds a BA in Communication with a minor in Art and a focus on Cinema Studies and studio art. You can usually find her experimenting with the different social tools people use to create, share, and disseminate information—hashtags are of current and particular interest. In her spare time, she studies the intersections of critical race theory with gender studies, practices Vinyasa yoga, and actively paddleboards. Gabbie finds great pleasure in learning how normal and mundane things—like salt, sugar, and toothpicks—shape the larger perspective of our history and culture. She will never give up on the Oxford comma.

Tom Bolling

TOM BOLLING - Research Librarian & Tutor

With a background in Philosophy, Tom arrived at UW in 1970 as a research librarian, and has been extremely happy here ever since. He loves the Great Game of Research... empowering for lifelong learning in the vast world of information and stored experiences and adventures of the mind. His other passionate love is the Great Game of Kendo, the Way of the Sword... learning to sense The Force flowing through us and a life played for keeps. Find him at info desks in Odegaard, Suzzallo, and Allen or in his office, Odegaard 240E. He is continually energized by working daily with students and supporting them in their research and information needs.

Jonathan Bowdler


Jonathan Bowdler is a PhD Candidate in History and is currently working on a dissertation on countercultural corporations in the Seattle area during the 1970s and 1980s. He received his MA in History at the University of Mississippi in 2013. He has three years of tutoring experience as a teaching assistant and especially loves working on the early conceptual stage of the writing process. His cabin in the middle of the Mississippi forest was a wonder to behold while his MA thesis was developed on green post-it notes that painted the apartment walls. He also has a treasure trove of tools to beat writer's block and enjoys working with other writers on developing and refining their projects.

Alaina Bull

ALAINA BULL - Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant

Alaina is a first year graduate student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program and a Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant in Odegaard Library. She graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a degree in Arts, Media and Culture, and especially enjoys digging into research topics in the arts, history, and religions. Her research experience includes full year research capstone projects, as well as quick papers needing only a few sources. Alaina loves to let the research lead the direction to new ideas and ways of examining information. Whatever stage of research you are at, she is happy to help. In her free time Alaina enjoys a plethora of activities, including reading, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. She also has a weakness for strong coffee and creative non-fiction novels.

Lilly Campbell

LILLY CAMPBELL - Graduate Tutor

Lilly is a doctoral student in English Language and Rhetoric and a composition instructor in the Expository Writing Program. Her research focuses on writing across the disciplines, rhetorics of science/medicine, and feminist rhetoric. Lilly has taught English 108, 109, 121, and 131 and is more than happy to help tackle the expository/persuasive essay in all its shapes and forms. She also has a range of experience with literary analysis, personal statements, cover letters, masters theses and grant writing. She admits to being a bit of a neat freak and loves helping writers organize their ideas during any stage of the writing process: from brainstorming to the final touches. Lilly spends whatever free time she can muster exploring the city on bike or foot, trying out new recipes, and fawning over other people's dogs.

Jack Chelgren

JACK CHELGREN - Undergraduate Tutor

Jack is a senior studying English Language & Literature. His primary academic interests concern 20th and 21st century literature, especially poetry. He's also interested in critical theory, music and music history, art, languages, and ecology. He's written numerous research papers, essays, articles, and creative pieces in both the humanities and scientific disciplines, and enjoys working with writers at any stage of the composition process. He is conversant in Spanish. A Seattle-area native, Jack spends his spare time writing, bicycling, cooking, and going on road trips.

Eric Cheuk

ERIC CHEUK - Undergraduate Tutor

When he's not saving the world from apocalyptic evil, Eric assumes the role of an over-caffeinated junior pursuing a major in English Language & Literature. His academic interests include literary theory, textual analysis, and Not Doing Mathematics. Most of his experience as a writer of academic papers has taken place in the Humanities and Social Sciences, but he is willing to venture out into unfamiliar intellectual territory. As a person who likes to float 'crazy idea' boats into the deceptively halcyon sea that is the college classroom, he enjoys helping writers brainstorm ideas and pull them together into coherent arguments. He finds equally satisfying the process of refining papers. What little time Eric has to spare outside of school is usually spent at used bookstores, hunting for musty and thematically intriguing ways in which to empty out his wallet and unbalance his already-full bookshelves.

Sarah Chodakewitz

SARAH CHODAKEWITZ - OWRC Assistant Director & Graduate Tutor

Sarah is a Graduate Tutor who's currently a second year MPH student in the Health Systems and Policy track of the Health Services department. She completed her BA at Brown University in Anthropology and loves to hear stories about the different places where people have lived or traveled! She loves working with individuals as they first begin to organize their ideas or as they take a step back to examine their first drafts. In her free time, she loves potluck dinners and dance in all possible forms, especially swing, contra, and jazz!

Yiting Chu

YITING CHU - Graduate Tutor (on leave until Spring 2015)

Yiting is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum & Instruction, with an emphasis on Multicultural Education. Though he personally writes in many different genres, he has most experience in research papers and journal articles in the Social Sciences, personal statements, cover letters, and conference articles and presentations. He is also happy to assist international students/English as a Second Language students on their writing projects, as part of his academic commitment. He would love to discuss with writers the various stages of writing, including deciphering the assignment, brainstorming, organizing thoughts, and revising drafts. Yiting spends most of his leisure time watching movies, reading books, and (recently) practicing Korean.

Kathleen Collins

KATHLEEN COLLINS - Research Librarian

Kathleen has worked in libraries since she was 13 years old, became an official degree-carrying librarian after obtaining a Master's in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and has worked at the UW Libraries since 2001. Her current position sees her wearing many hats, but she is happiest when she is helping people find the information they need for school, work, or just to satisfy their curiosity. She has B.A in History from the University of Maine at Farmington and is currently the UW Libraries subject librarian for Sociology and Children's and YA Literature. She is a member of the Libraries' citation tools team which helps support RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley, and she considers the humble footnote to be a thing of grace and beauty. When not working or wrangling her children, Kathleen is most often to be found with her nose in a book or a knitting project, the better to ignore her messy house.

Anne Davis

ANNE DAVIS - Research Librarian

Anne is the Anthropology and Archaeology Librarian for the UW Libraries. She reads a lot of graphic novels and comics, which explains why she has so many geeky posters in her office. To see Anne's libguide profile, visit this page.

Shannon Foss

SHANNON FOSS - Undergraduate Tutor

Shannon is a double major in the Comparative History of Ideas and Communication who enjoys talking about work at any point in the writing process, from first brainstorms to finishing touches. Though her experience is primarily in the humanities and social sciences, she’s happy to converse about work in any discipline. Shannon’s own ever-expanding academic interests can be found in the intersection of education, rhetoric, linguistics, critical theory, and literature. She spends her free time traveling the world, baking cookies, reading, writing (and more importantly, re-writing), and attempting to learn languages.

Peter Freeman


Peter earned his Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell in 2011. Since then, he has taught English Composition at UW Bothell, Bellevue College, and Everett Community College. In that time, Peter also helped strengthen UW Bothell's undergraduate writing curriculum, develop and strengthen student outreach programs, and design learning strategies courses for under-represented student populations. Outside of teaching, Peter helped lead the UW Bothell Writing and Communication Center for four years during his undergraduate and graduate work. While there, he helped students from all disciplines and backgrounds understand their assignments, brainstorm ideas, create outlines, write drafts, re-write drafts, and submit articles for publication. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and exploring downtown Seattle.

Austin Giles

AUSTIN GILES - Undergraduate Tutor (on leave until Spring 2015)

Austin is a transfer from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham where he got his start as a writing tutor. As he works towards a major in English Literature, he enjoys writing both in and out of the classroom. In either environment, Austin strives for those moments of discovery that reveal some hidden truth. Equally, he gets joy from helping others arrive at their own “a-ha” moments. For this reason, his favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming but he loves exploring the strengths of a paper at any stage. His favorite sessions are in the disciplines of journalism, creative writing and public speaking. Outside of work, Austin is nearly constantly listening to The Cramps and hoping to own every Film Noir in the classic cycle.

Daina Goldenberg

DAINA GOLDENBERG - Undergraduate Tutor

Daina Goldenberg is a sophomore preparing to apply for a major in Economics (B.S.). As a student enrolled in the Interdisciplinary UW Honors Program, Daina is interested in exploring writings spanning many topics, particularly those regarding International Studies and literature. She enjoys helping other students with works of writing at any stage of the process; her main goal at the OWRC is to join other students in structuring works that are engaging, polished, and thoroughly faithful to the writer's vision. Daina is passionate about choral and classical music (read: UW choir nerd), and is an actress who has recently made her New York debut at 54 Below, singing the musical theatre works of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor. She is also an avid foodie and would work for the OWRC even if she were compensated solely with food from Thai Tom. She is so excited to get to work with you!

Mihaela Giurca


Mihaela has been teaching English as a Second Language at the UW since 1998. She studied English as an undergraduate, and has an MA in Linguistics & TESOL Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys working with students directly at any stage of their writing, and with the many tutors who support all the writers visiting the center. She wishes she had some spare time to spend on reading, watching films, and hiking, but she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two young boys.

Jenny Halpin


Jenny has been the Director of the OWRC since 2009. In addition to being full-time UW staff, she is a PhD Candidate in English Language and Rhetoric (though officially on leave from grad school at the moment, working on her dissertation, which explores developing programs to better support English Language Learners). She has many years of experience as both a tutor and a teacher of writing, having worked for the English Department Writing Center, the CLUE Writing Center, and the OWRC itself and having taught writing courses both in UW's Expository Writing Program and at Seattle University. Jenny is delighted to help the OWRC grow and expand both its traditional one-to-one mentorship of writers and its new programs for multilingual students, graduate students, and faculty. In her 'spare time' she is an avid and adventurous home cook and laissez-faire gardener.

Gina Hansen

GINA HANSEN - Undergraduate Tutor

Gina is a junior studying Bioengineering with minors in Applied Mathematics and Chemistry. She enjoys working to understand people and their experiences, ideas, and opinions, and she finds writing to be an incredibly powerful avenue for this exploration. She likes working with students at all stages of their writing, for any topic or purpose (surprise her!). With oodles of experience in the realm of science, math, and laboratory research, Gina especially loves helping writers navigate and improve scientific or technical writing. She seeks catharsis at the piano bench and in an extensive collection of bookmarked cooking blogs.

Kristen Higashi

KRISTEN HIGASHI - Undergraduate Tutor

Kristen, for the life of her cannot make a decision, and is therefore pursuing majors in Civil Engineering and Comparative Literature (Cinema Studies), as well as a minor in Mathematics. She loves talking especially with you!) as a means of brainstorming and developing ideas, but stick with her because she may eventually say something funny. She loves film, social theory/analysis, and stories (particularly of the creative kind), but most importantly: a good pun. On top of this, she is five-feet tall, has a terrible sense of direction (which way is north again??), and really, really (no, really!) wants to read your writing, hear your story, and ride with you on your journey—no matter where you are in the process. Even if you’re just starting up or wrapping up the “conclusion” (pun? Get it?!), she wants in. Only rule is: you drive, and she calls shotgun.

Natalie Hillerson

NATALIE HILLERSON - Undergraduate Tutor

Natalie is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Anthropology (with a focus on Medical Anthropology and Global Health). Her bulk of science classes has taught her to write one mean lab report, and she has a particular affinity for writing literary analysis papers. She also has experience working with professional documents (cover letters and resumes in particular) and writing in the humanities and social sciences. While comfortable with all stages of the writing process, she especially loves working on the revision and fine-tuning phase, and finds discussing organization, cohesiveness, and clarity to be invigorating. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring Seattle, reading, going to concerts, writing poetry, watching copious amounts of shows on Netflix, and missing her cats.

Ben Hole

BEN HOLE - Graduate Tutor

Ben is a grad student in the Philosophy PhD program. He received his MA here, and his BA from Lewis & Clark College. He teaches and studies in areas of ancient philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of mind (including psych/cog/neuro). The courses he's taught at UW include Intro to Philosophy (100), Ethical Theory (240), Aristotle’s Ethics (340), and Feminism & Pornography (484). This year he’s been leading a seminar and workshop series for faculty and grads on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy with the goal to improve pedagogical choices across the curriculum. He's also the director for the Philosophy Department’s Writing Center and can help facilitate more discipline-specific tutoring for students. He's incredibly interested in writing pedagogy, both professionally and personally in his own development as a writer — he is still trying to prepare himself for that whole ‘publish or perish’ stage of academic life.

John Holmes

JOHN HOLMES - Research Librarian & Tutor

John is the Psychology Librarian at the UW. He has been professionally active in the area of information literacy (the ability to interact effectively with information from defining needs and finding relevant sources through evaluation, use, and management of sources.) He gets the ways in which thinking, reading, conversation, research, and writing converge in the process of learning and enjoys helping students develop a command of these abilities as writers. John has a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and an M.L.S. in Information Science from Wayne State University. Away from his job, he is a movie, theater, and music lover, as well as a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan, each season less reluctantly transferring a few more ounces of his loyalty to the Mariners.

Amanda Hornby

AMANDA HORNBY - Research Librarian & Tutor

Amanda is the Teaching & Learning Program Librarian and the Geography Librarian. She chairs the UW Libraries Teaching & Learning Group and coordinates the Odegaard Undergraduate Library education program and loves working with instructors to teach research skills and resources to students. Holding one-on-one research and writing consultations with students is her favorite part of being a librarian. Amanda graduated with a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College, which included a year-long study abroad program in France, and has her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, camping and spending time with her husband, son, family and friends.

Christian Ie

CHRISTIAN IE - Undergraduate Tutor

Christian is a junior majoring in Biochemistry, with a minor in Global Health. His past writing experience includes expository essays in a variety of non-fictional topics, and literary analysis. Christian is excited to help writers verbalize or visually map their way through the writing process. He especially enjoys helping writers form solid theses backed with complex, yet fluent arguments. Having also spent a year as a mentor for the University of Washington’s Dream Project, Christian is also experienced in helping students strengthen their personal statements. Outside the OWRC, Christian enjoys reading, tennis, watching great acting performances (on stage or the screen), a good cup of coffee, and playing saxophone.

Erik Jaccard

ERIK JACCARD - Graduate Tutor (on leave until Spring 2015)

Erik is a PhD student in English Language and Literature. His research focuses on the intersections between speculative prose fiction genres, imperialism, and the figure of catastrophe in contemporary British literature and culture. He has worked as a tutor and editor with student writers at all levels, from freshmen in Early Fall Start courses to doctoral candidates revising dissertations for Ph.D defense. His experiences as a writer have centered on literary and cultural analysis and the composition of argumentative essays and related genres in the humanities. Capable of aiding writers at any stage of the writing process, Erik particularly enjoys helping with brainstorming and developing strong, complex claims, as well as developing those claims through coherent organization and purposeful, focused paragraphing. A native of Western Washington and an Alumni of the University of Washington (2002), Erik has spent more than a decade working and writing among UW students. When not tutoring or researching and writing his dissertation, Erik enjoys music (live concerts, listening and reviewing, DJing for UW's student-run station, Rainy Dawg Radio), fitness and sports, travel, and long, winding conversations.

Charlie Jones

CHARLIE JONES - Undergraduate Tutor

Charlie is a undergraduate majoring in English with an internal debate to minor or double major in Painting+Drawing. She has previously worked for three years in the Highline Writing Center. Her favorite parts of the Writing Process are brainstorming and molding supports for those brainstormed ideas. When not writing frantically or splattered in various kinds of paints, Charlie enjoys sampling a variety of fine-aged sarcasm, pathetic attempts at dancing, and an unhealthy obsession for old books.

James Kelley

JAMES KELLEY - Undergraduate Tutor

James is currently working toward figuring out what he wants to major in. The UW offers so many great fields of study, and he hopes to find something that is both challenging and fun. His favorite stage of the writing process is brainstorming ideas and then organizing them. James has experience in a wide variety of writing styles but enjoys working with personal statements. He hopes to take full advantage of his college experience by meeting new people, joining clubs, and studying abroad. In his free time, he likes to keep up with the news, enjoy time with friends and family, and go on exciting adventures.

Adam Khan

ADAM KHAN - Undergraduate Tutor

Adam is a sophomore pursuing Interdisciplinary Honors and working towards degrees in Political Science and International Studies. He has researched and written extensively in the fields of political science and international studies, and also in higher level education at Oxford University. Adam is currently on the editorial board of the Jackson School Journal of International Studies, and also serves as the executive editor of the Washington Undergraduate Law Review. Adam believes that the best writing is achieved through well-reasoned brainstorming and pre-writing, with a willingness to make revisions as new ideas are introduced. In his free time, Adam likes to volunteer, play chess, read, and travel.

Belle Kim

BELLE KIM - Graduate Tutor

Belle is pursuing an MA/PhD in English Literature. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in English and Journalism. Her current research interests include Victorian and American ethnic literature, postcolonial theory, and Marxism. She is fluent in Korean. She loves helping students at any stage of the writing process, particularly brainstorming and developing, and has also worked as a proofreader and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, writing stories, drawing cartoons, and doing martial arts that makes her feel more powerful than she actually is.

Jessica Kim

JESSICA KIM - Undergraduate Tutor

Jessica is a senior majoring in International Studies and English and minoring in Spanish. Her writing experiences are primarily of social sciences, literary analysis, and creative writing, but also extends to personal statements and career-related writings. Overall, she is great at grasping the general flow of a person's writing and helping them to develop thesis and evidence, and then organize and refine the writing. Believing that ideas best develop during conversations, she will listen and throw questions that help writers to better (re)approach their writing. Jessica loves to dance and sing when no one's watching, write poetry, travel, practice Spanish and Chinese, watch movies, attempt to make crafty things, and do spontaneous fun activities with friends.

Amelia Klaus

AMELIA KLAUS - Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant

Mia is a first-year graduate student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program and a proud member of the Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant team in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies with an emphasis in Religious Studies. Mia is also a photographer, and in her free time she can be found exploring Seattle and the surrounding area with one of her cameras in hand. Mia is a picky eater, but enjoys learning about the history of food. Her interests are varied- ranging from religion as a social science, to how fashion in the era of Marie Antoinette shaped people’s perceptions of women’s political power, to the evolution of the fork. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and exploring new places. Fun fact: Mia is from North Dakota, and would love to regale you with stories of life on the frigid plains!

Cali Kopczick

CALI KOPCZICK - OWRC Assistant Director & Undergraduate Tutor

Cali Kopczick is a senior pursuing an English degree with a Creative Writing emphasis. For her departmental thesis, she melded theories of translation and history-writing to explore how language can help us organize the past in unexpected ways. In addition to her general analytical and creative writing experience, she loves helping writers show off the best of themselves in application materials. She has some experience in biology, and welcomes exposure to any discipline. (Bring her your odds and ends!) She loves having excited conversations with writers in any stage of the process, but especially loves the brainstorming and organizational stages. When not tutoring, she enjoys running, accumulating books she has no time to read, and finding absolutely any excuse to make a spreadsheet.

Christine Korhonen


Christine is a doctoral student in Epidemiology in the School of Public Health doing research on global HIV. She has experience writing and editing NIH grant proposals, human subjects IRB applications, peer-reviewed journal articles, personal statements, and most any type of scientific writing. When not writing, she enjoys dispelling myths about infectious disease and preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

Jacob Kovacs

JACOB KOVACS - OWRC Assistant Director & Undergraduate Tutor

Jacob is an Economics major and Geography minor, anticipating graduate study in conflict resolution and public policy. His interests include mediation, rhetoric, critical pedagogy, LGBT/human rights, health and environmental policy, web design, improv and classical violin. A transfer student from The Evergreen State College (no grades! no majors!), Jacob values the potential for tutoring sessions to serve as tiny, transient student-centered bubbles in the midst of a large school fraught with traditional power relations. While he's happy to consult for any writing project, Jacob most enjoys projects that are high-stakes and include elements of visual design, like resumes/CVs, personal statements, petitions, policy writing, blog posts, cathartic journaling, news submissions, and budget justifications.

Will Lace

WILL LACE - Undergraduate Tutor

Will is a junior majoring in Medical Technology. While his primary focus is in the medical sciences, he is passionate about literature and music. His varied interests and experiences have given him experience in writing in the disciplines of literary analysis, scientific research, and professional documents such as personal statements. He loves to brainstorm with other writers and discuss the flow and structure of a paper and has an eye for detail, especially with regard to language and audience. In his spare time, Will enjoys traveling, good books, good company, and good music. He also has a soft spot for hot caffeinated beverages of all varieties.

Chase Landrey

CHASE LANDREY - Undergraduate Tutor

Chase is a senior in both Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Jewish Studies. He has spent many a late night with dusty tomes and ancient history books looking for fun facts. Whether he's traveling or hanging out in a coffee shop in Seattle he also loves meeting new people and learning about their passions. Chase has always felt like he's struggled with the writing process himself and the stress that comes with it. If you are dealing with writer's block or paper anxiety, he would love to meet with you.

Claudia Linares

CLAUDIA LINARES - Undergraduate Tutor

Claudia is a transfer student from Highline Community College, where she graduated with an AA in Psychology and worked as a writing tutor at the Highline Writing Center for a year. She is a junior planning on majoring with a B.S. in Psychology and ultimately receiving a Ph.D. in Health Psychology. Because she is interested in research, she is looking forward to working with student’s research proposals. Throughout her career as a tutor, she enjoyed collaborating with students on their personal statements, creative writing pieces, and rhetorical papers. Although she is enthusiastic to help students in any stage of their writing, she feels most confident in developing, supporting, and organizing. Moreover, she is fluent in both Spanish and English. Besides tutoring, Claudia enjoys volunteering as a mentor, hanging out with family and friends, and any artistic stimulating activities (i.e. playing guitar, drawing brain diagrams).

Teresa Makar

TERESA MAKAR - Undergraduate Tutor

Teresa is pursuing a double degree in Economics and Political Science. She has experience writing for the humanities, drafting resumes and cover letters, and utilizing the library and online databases for research. She especially enjoys reading and writing research papers, but she is happy to work with writers from across all disciplines and writing styles. Teresa loves helping others develop and refine their work in its later stages and enjoys helping people think of the best possible words to express their ideas on paper. In her free time, she enjoys playing cards and strategy board games, riding her bike, reading science fiction, and daydreaming.

Mark McCarthy

MARK MCCARTHY - Undergraduate Tutor

Mark is a senior, completing majors in Comparative History of Ideas and American Indian Studies. His academic interests center on empowering individuals to develop more just and sustainable social structures. He enjoys academic writing, blogging on social and political issues, and writing fiction. This is Mark's fourth year working as a writing tutor. From formulating a logical argument (scaled to the assignment) and organizing the supporting evidence, to making choices of style and tone, Mark enjoys engaging with each writer's process, and encourages direct, muscular writing. "The most important part of writing is having something to say, and the courage to tell your truth." He has personally experienced much of Twentieth Century history—cultural knowledge that comes in handy. When not otherwise occupied, Mark enjoys following global politics and economics, preparing for law school, and researching local history for a novel about his settler and Salish ancestors' founding, or stealing, the town of Gig Harbor.

Dandi Meng

DANDI MENG - Undergraduate Tutor

Dandi began her life as a mere baby, but has since blossomed into a lovely young potato pursuing a degree in English (Creative Writing) with minors in Art History and Math. Her English thesis was in part about Roald Dahl's fixation with food. While the majority of her writing experiences have involved humanities-based research papers and creative work, she is more than happy to talk about writing from any discipline or genre. As far as the writing process goes, Dandi is open to any part, but she is especially fond of working with others to develop and refine the organizational aspects of a writing project. When she is not busy with school, work, or running away from those who would turn her into French fries, she enjoys reading, cooking, writing, browsing bookshops, and appreciating good puns.

Sophia Mun

SOPHIA MUN - Undergraduate Tutor

Sophia is a junior majoring in Biology (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental). While her primary focuses are in the biological and medical sciences, she is also passionate about literature and psychology. She has experience in writing research papers in the fields of biology and psychology, and is also very familiar with various forms of literary analysis, but she is always eager to discuss work in any field. She is happy to talk with writers regardless of what stage of the writing process they are in. She is particularly excited to help writers reach their "a-ha!" moments by brainstorming different ideas and finding ways for them to formulate strong theses that could be beneficial towards the organization and overall flow of the paper. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the city with friends, appreciating a good cup of coffee, volunteering, at concerts, or binge-watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.

Harry Murphy

HARRY MURPHY - Research Librarian

Harry is the African, American Ethnic, and American Indian Studies Librarian. He is also a member of Odegaard Undergraduate Library's top-notch research librarian team. A Florida native, Harry received his Master of Science in Library Service from Columbia University in the City of New York. Harry also has a Master of Applied Social Sciences from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. As an undergraduate, Harry majored in History with a minor in Political Science. When he's off the clock, Harry enjoys films (especially SciFi), hiking, theater, all music, cycling, and stepping out on the court every now and then. He bleeds Yankee pinstripes, Seahawk blue, and FAMU orange and green.

Yasi Naraghi

YASI NARAGHI - Graduate Tutor

Yasi is PhD candidate in Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on the intersection of aesthetic philosophy and political theory, more specifically in the 20th century. As a graduate student instructor, she has taught numerous literature courses centered around composition and writing; she particularly enjoys discussing writing strategies and argument development with her students on one-on-one basis. Aside from her academic work and pursuits, Yasi is a Fine Arts photographer and could be found in a studio or installing a show.

Yen Nguyen

YEN NGUYEN - Graduate Tutor (on leave until Spring 2015)

Yen is currently a first year MHA (Masters in Health Administration) candidate. She got my B.S. in Biochemistry and two minors in Chemistry and Bioethics at UW -- GO HUSKYS! She is familiar with many different genres of writing, ranging from scientific research articles to personal statements to works of fiction. Most of her experience is in research papers, personal statements, and cover letters. As an immigrant from Vietnam, she is happy to assist international students/ESL/ELL students on their writing projects. She loves the brainstorming and developing processes. She thinks those are the most exciting and frustrating stages of the writing process. During her free time, she loves trying new restaurants/types of food, listening to music, and watching TED talks on Youtube.

Jeffrey Ou

JEFFREY OU - Undergraduate Tutor

Jeffrey is a Psychology and English double degree student fascinated with how language and psychology interact in unexpected ways. He has devoted his research time surveying attitudes towards the perception of risk with regards to natural hazards in the Pacific NorthWest and has been involved with the project early in its inception. Out of academia, he runs the RSO "Write Away!", a writing group on UW's campus, and actively writes fiction and poetry. He feels confident grasping numerous stages of the research process, and has experiences in writing for both the sciences or humanities. Outside of coursework, he loves to read, write, and game.

Joshuel Pahang

JOSH PAHANG - Undergraduate Tutor

Josh is currently a sophomore in Bioengineering and is preparing for a minor in Bioethics and Humanities. While his natural habitat lies in the sciences, he is enthralled by all fields of study, and wishes he could major in everything. Josh has experience in a variety of writing styles, and he is eager to be exposed to new genres as much as possible. While not talking with writers about their work, Josh spends his time cleaning graduated cylinders, wrapping athlete's ankles, and standing in awe of the wonders of everyday life.

Caitlin Palo

CAITLIN PALO - OWRC Assistant Director & Graduate Tutor

Caitlin is a Ph.D. student in English. Her academic work focuses on the use of literary forms in what might now be called "personal narratives" in 18th Century British literature--including letters, diaries, religious apologies and confessions, and travel narratives. She is particularly interested in the ways these genres negotiate new ways of writing and the shifts in Britain's position in the global political-economy of the time. Outside of academic writing, Caitlin also has experience writing press releases, public letters, and op-eds, and has practiced strategies for writing these collaboratively. Caitlin particularly enjoys working on developing ideas to meet a prompt expectations, and the middle stage of revising to link subclaims, evidence, and ideas together to refine the argument of a paper. She is developing strategies and skills for making pickles; she enjoys bicycle commuting and container gardening. She is also trying to learn travis style guitar and improve her fiddling.

Katie Peterson

KATIE PETERSON - Graduate Tutor (on leave until Spring 2015)

Katie is a 1L JD student at the UW School of Law. She recently graduated from UW with a BA in English and Law, Societies and Justice with a strong academic interest in gender, women and sexuality studies. While she has a natural inclination and background in the humanities and social sciences, she enjoys working with students in all fields of study. She especially enjoys the occasions she gets to work on personal statements and other application materials, literary analysis, thesis development and brainstorming processes. Outside of school she enjoys playing tennis, exploring Seattle parks, and traveling.

Marisa Petrich

MARISA PETRICH - Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant

Marisa is a first-year graduate student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program and a Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. She has a B.A. in Communications and a background in Journalism. Marisa loves learning about food studies, history, and the social sciences. She also enjoys coffee, tea, trying new recipes, hanging out with her supercool dog, and just about anything that comes out of a food truck.

Deborah Pierce

DEBORAH PIERCE - Research Librarian & Tutor

Deborah is a reference and instruction librarian at Odegaard. Her background includes a MM in Musicology (aka the study of the history and literature of music) and a MS in Information Science along with 25 years as a music information specialist and educator. She is an armchair philosopher who has been described by peers to have the ability to find the weak link in any argument. She believes that life is a path of ongoing inquiry and learning and that writing is an important communication skill which can help us understand each other and ourselves. Her own research, teaching, and writings are in the areas of information literacy, adult education, musician wellness, and human potentials. Her interest in tutoring is to help you find your own voice to express your understanding and growth in your learning process. Deborah's true loves are singing, composing, cooking vegan delights, playing tai chi in nature, and hanging out with canine friends. See more about Deborah's research and writing here

Koji Pingry

KOJI PINGRY - Undergraduate Tutor

Koji is an undergraduate pursuing a double major in Geography and Comparative History of Ideas and is in his third year at the University of Washington. As a student in the Humanities department, he has experience writing many different types of papers both formal and informal. He really enjoys collaborating with other students to form and explore ideas. The brainstorming, thesis building stage is his favorite part of the writing process and he is excited for the opportunity to work with other writers and talk through this process. Koji is a Seattle native and enjoys sports, hiking, and traveling.

Kelsey Pullar

KELSEY PULLAR - Graduate Tutor

Kelsey is obtaining a MPH in Health Services with a focus on increasing opportunities for safe active transportation. For her thesis, she is conducting an evaluation of a local youth development cycling program. She has experience tutoring students of various ages, including as a TEFL instructor in Madrid as well as conducting sociological research experience in the U.S. and in Costa Rica. She thinks she will be most helpful to writers in the developing and refining stages of the writing process. She loves spending as much time as possible outside, whether it's hiking, bicycling, backpacking, or cold water swimming.

Louise Richards

LOUISE RICHARDS - Assistant Director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Research Librarian

In addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Louise is a reference librarian whose subject specialties are Fisheries and Oceanography. She received a BA in English from the University of Washington, an MA in English Literature from the University of Chicago, then returned to the UW for her master's degree in Librarianship. She has worked as an academic librarian for 20 years and especially likes helping students use the library. In her spare time, Louise likes reading history, Chihuahuas, and the out-of-doors. To see Louise's libguide profile, visit this page.

Matt Rowe

MATT ROWE - Undergraduate Tutor

Matt is a sophomore working toward a degree in English and History in the interdisciplinary Honors program. He learned very quickly during his freshman year that writing papers on the fly did not lead to success, and accordingly he has found a thorough, thoughtful prewriting process to be essential. With that said, he enjoys working with students in every stage of the writing process, and loves watching their ideas take shape. During his free time, he enjoys playing sports, running, reading, and anything to do with Jennifer Lawrence.

Jacob Schear

JACOB SCHEAR - Undergraduate Tutor

Jacob is a senior majoring in Geography. An avid reader, he is thrilled to be able to read and learn from all the diverse and amazing material writers bring through the doors of the OWRC. Jacob has primarily written for the social sciences and humanities, yet is comfortable and excited to work with any writer who comes in. The initial stages of a writing project are what he enjoys the most, especially working with writers to hash through their thoughts and ideas and turn their passion into powerful, effective writing. He also particularly enjoys helping writers with job applications, cover letters, personal statements, and persuasive essays. In his spare time Jacob likes to read, swim, play guitar, and listen to the Rolling Stones.

Mara Sobotka

MARA SOBOTKA - Graduate Tutor

Mara is a second-year MA Student in Comparative Religion. Her main focus is how language shapes gender identity in Orthodox Jewish feminism. She hails from another UW, the University of Wyoming, where she got her undergraduate degrees in Gender and Women's Studies and Religious Studies. Between the UWs, she served as a staff writer and graphic designer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association's bimonthly newsletter. She also ran a blog on Asian pop music from a Western fan’s perspective for a number of years; a pursuit which proved to be a great way to practice both research and social media networking. She loves tackling the challenges of all kinds of writing, but she really enjoys helping students make the most out of research. She firmly believes that learning to assemble sources well can turn mere paper writing into art. When she isn't daydreaming her way through her schoolwork, she may be found reading and writing speculative fiction, gaming, hunting for new music, cuddling with her cats, and being a Mariners fan. Sometimes all at once!

Savannah Stoehr

SAVANNAH STOEHR - Undergraduate Tutor

Savannah is a sophomore currently double-majoring in Cinema Studies and Creative Writing. Enthusiastic about picking apart character arcs and narrative structure in order to find that linchpin of life, the mythic "so what?" Fiction is her strongest suit, but she's been known to write a mean essay now and again. She knows a little bit about a lot of things, so if you're willing to explain the finer points of your history paper or genetics research or what have you, then she can help you structure your argument and sound all smart and stuff. She has also both read and written more personal statements than she cares to acknowledge. Here to help at any stage of the writing process, but probably best in the development and refinement stages. She will ask you "Why?" so often it will cease to sound like a real word. Intent on becoming a screenwriter/director and making dumb superhero flicks in Hollywood. Don't ask her about Star Trek, X-Men, cinematography, or Michael Fassbender if you ever want her to shut up again.

Garrett Strain

GARRETT STRAIN - Graduate Tutor

Garrett is a former UW undergraduate, studying Economics and International Studies, and a current graduate student in the Evans School of Public Affairs. He is a returning tutor with three years of experience. Garrett enjoys working with writers of all levels (especially social science writers) to develop original, clearly articulated claims. If you feel bored writing or reading your essay, hopefully Garrett can pose questions that lead to an idea you're excited about. He can be your trusted brainstorming companion, but he's also useful for refining thesis statements and organizing your essay. When Garrett is not tutoring, you'll probably find him riding his bike (rain or shine), playing guitar (song requests accepted), or organizing students and workers to speak truth to power.


TOM TAN - Undergraduate Tutor

Peiran Tan (or Tom) is an undergraduate tutor majoring in Design, and attempting to minor in Japan Studies or Philosophy. His interest in philosophy has led to his ethics paper’s presentation at the Pacific Undergraduate Philosophy conference and later publication, and his love for anime has now become the motivation for him to work on an extensive paper analyzing the societal aspects of the Japanese Otaku phenomenon and its relation to western modern philosophy and political theory. Intensive writing and researching made him an avid exploiter of the library resources. Other than assisting research, his writing expertise ranges from correcting grammatical mistakes, refining choice of diction and condensing text to critical questioning, critiquing argumentative logics and brainstorming for deeper ideas. Other than thinking, writing, and occasional self-deprecating, he is a fervent lover of type, coffee, good music and cats.

Griffin Taylor

GRIFFIN TAYLOR - Undergraduate Tutor

Griffin is a junior who loved Speech & Hearing Sciences and Linguistics so much that he decided to commit his life to studying them. Driven by his fascination for human language and passion for advancing the learning of his peers, he has developed lots of valuable experience helping others with their writing projects. His favorite times to assist are reviewing the near final draft as well as coming up with an initial thesis and outline: these milestones bookend a great essay. The nature of his experience with writing has helped him hone his skills best in research papers, analyzing sources to incorporate into an essay, French literary analysis, and speeches. In what spare time he has, he can be found running, listening to music, watching UW or Seahawks football, or spending time with his main squeeze. He plans to one day achieve his PHD and conduct his own research lab on child language development.

Holly Thorpe

HOLLY THORPE - Undergraduate Tutor

Holly is a Journalism major and aspiring English major. She has worked for The Daily, has interned with The Wenatchee World daily newspaper and has experience as a writer and editor. She enjoys working with writers to refine and clarify their work, that is, she enjoys helping them get their message through in their writing in the most effective way possible. She comes from Wenatchee, WA and loves writing, reading, hiking, and spending time with her dog.

William Tsang

WILL TSANG - Undergraduate Tutor

Will is a senior majoring in Public Health. He feels that he could be most helpful with developing and refining ideas throughout the writing process. He enjoys having open-ended conversations with writers and believes that they are important in working towards self-directive and reflexive writing. Although he has research and writing experience primarily in the social sciences, Will looks forward to working with writers from all academic backgrounds on a variety of written work. In his free time, he likes exploring hidden trails, playing music at the Farmers Market, or eating a piroshky at Pike Place.

Yiqin Weng

YIQIN WENG - Undergraduate Tutor

Yiqin is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in English. Although he mostly writes novels, poems and academic papers, he is willing to work on other genres, like cover letters and presentations. He enjoys helping with writers at different stages, from brainstorming to refining. He loves to share his idea with others. As an international student, he is excited to help writers with his own experience. In his spare time, he loves playing badminton, reading books, watching movies and football games, or hanging out with friends.

Elizabeth Wiley

ELIZABETH WILEY - Undergraduate Tutor

Elizabeth is pursuing undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and the Comparative History of Ideas. She is interested in counterculture movements and people facing marginalization and how music is used as a means of expressing dissent by and for these groups. Most of her writing has been in the humanities and social sciences, but she has dabbled in writing in other areas of study. She is interested in helping writers work on strategies for paper organization and clarity and helping them understand their potential as individual writers. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys listening to and playing music, as well as traveling and experiencing as much of the world as possible.



Shoshana is pursuing her Masters in Social Work and holds a BA in American Studies from Stanford University. She is certified to teach English as a foreign language and spent two years teaching English in Israel and Peru. Most of Shoshana’s writing experience comes from the social sciences and humanities, but she is comfortable—and excited—to work with writers from other disciplines. Shoshana enjoys working with writers at all stages of the writing process. She particularly likes working through early conceptualization— helping writers consolidate disparate ideas into clear and concise arguments. Though Shoshana is a Seattle native, she has spent considerable time abroad. She loves new languages, stories, unexpected encounters, adventures, and meaningful cross-cultural experiences. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, singing (secretly), jogging (begrudgingly), talking about social justice, politics and current events, and eating good food.

Misty Anne Winzenried


Misty Anne is a doctoral student in Education who is studying the teaching and learning of writing in the academic disciplines. Her research interests include students’ socialization into writing in their majors, pedagogy, and qualitative social science methodologies. What this means is that she loves to talk to students about they process they are going through as they learn to write in their majors. She has taught composition and writing at UW and elsewhere, and she’s particularly interested in supporting students as they develop and refine their ideas through the process of writing in a range of academic genres and disciplines, though most of her recent experience is in social science writing. Outside of thinking, talking, and writing about writing, she loves hiking, running, camping, and otherwise exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Jane Wong

JANE WONG - Graduate Tutor

Jane is a doctoral student in English Literature at UW and holds a MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa. At the University of Iowa, she taught Rhetoric and Creative Writing and misses her students dearly. She tutored at Bard College's writing center for three years and has lead poetry workshops for high schools students across the country. She loves talking to writers about their ideas and believes in clear, elegant writing. In her spare time, you'll find her roaming the city for cheap eats, leaving poems by your door, or carefully folding laundry.

Abby Yeo

ABBY YEO - Undergraduate Tutor

Abby studies Political Science, but has experience in International Studies and Economics. She feels most at home when working with expository or persuasive papers in their middle and later stages because she likes helping writers with their organization, fluency, and clarity; however, she’s interested in working on whatever you’ve got! She appreciates movies, especially dramas and tragedies, and comedy TV shows. Other interests include photography, music, and dogs.

Emily Yu

EMILY YU - Undergraduate Tutor

Emily is a junior double majoring in English and Psychology. She is most familiar with assignments that live on the humanities side of the spectrum, but is equally excited to work on any science assignments as well as personal statements or resumes. Her favorite part of the writing process is structural revision, followed by brainstorming as a close second. In her free time she likes to eat stinky tofu, hoard pretty packaging, and take long bus rides (although not all at the same time).

Huanshu Yuan

HUANSHU YUAN - Graduate Tutor (on leave until Spring 2015)

Huanshu is a second year PhD student majoring in Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. She is most familiar with writing in the fields of Education, ESL instruction, and cross cultural studies. She is an experienced Chinese TA, ESL teacher, translator, and English tutor. Huanshu feels she could be most helpful to writers during the brainstorming and developing stages of the writing process. She enjoys assisting students to receive academic achievements and is particularly experienced in working with international students -- especially on personal statements for graduate school applications. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling as well as serving as a translator.

Yunfei Zhao

YUNFEI ZHAO - Undergraduate Tutor, Targeted Learning Communities Coordinator

Yunfei is pursuing a Communication major and an Education, Learning, and Society minor. Although he has had frequent instruction and practice in writing academic research papers in this environment, he still prefers working with writers on personal statements and cover letters. He looks forward to the challenge of working with writers working in many different genres. No matter what stage an essay is at -- brainstorming to revising -- Yunfei believes that conversations with tutors help writers come up with many new ideas. An international student, Yunfei was born in Tianjin, China; he speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, he loves playing table tennis, hanging out with friends, and (best of all) photography.