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Our Team


Brenden O'Donnell

Brenden O'Donnell is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. He has six years of experience as a Writing Center Consultant, and has taught UWS classes on popular fiction and addiction literature. His dissertation focuses on the discursive overlaps and conflicts between LGBT literature and addiction recovery. He holds a BA from Duquesne University and a Joint MA in English and Women's and Gender Studies from Brandeis.

Courtney Pina Miller 

Courtney Pina Miller is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. She has worked as a tutor in the Writing Center, teaches a UWS course on white trash, and teaches in the English Language Program and Gateway Scholars Program. Outside of Brandeis, she taught writing and literature courses at Loyola Marymount University, where she received her MA in English Literature. She holds a BA in American Literature and Culture from UCLA. Her doctoral research involves examining representations of the working class in transatlantic modernist literature.

Senior Writing Center Consultants

Jake Burg -- English PhD

Jake Burg is a PhD candidate in the English department. His dissertation examines the relationship between postwar conceptualizations of domestic space and popular genre fiction. He has worked as a tutor at the Writing Center for five years, taught multiple sections of UWS, and served as a teaching assistant for the Gateway Scholars Program. He holds a BA in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Boston College.

Paige Eggebrecht -- English PhD

Paige Eggebrecht is a PhD Candidate in the English Department, UWS instructor, and Graduate Assistant for the Brandeis Library Workshops. She has tutored for the Writing Center since the Fall of 2014 and served as interim director in the Fall of 2017. She received her BA from the University of Colorado and her MA from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research focuses on the representations of labor in Victorian literature and economic thought.

Writing Center Consultants

Nicole Adams -- English PhD

Nicole Adams is a second year PhD student in the English department at Brandeis. Her research interests include the long eighteenth century, disability studies, the novel and print culture, gothic literature, travel literature, and feminist theory. She received a Bachelors Degree in English from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, during which time she studied at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Kemi Aderayo Adesunloro -- Sustainable International Development MA

Kemi Aderayo Adesunloro is a first year MA candidate in Sustainable International Development (SID) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Prior to Brandeis University, Kemi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration at the CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She enjoys working with students and has worked with two student affairs departments within the City University of New York. She loves traveling, learning about new languages and cultures.

Sean Beebe -- History PhD

Sean Beebe is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer in the History Department. He teaches courses on decolonization and global history. His dissertation focuses upon the evolution of the political and cultural ties between France and West Africa in decolonization and the postcolonial period. He holds a BA in History and French from Denison University and an MA in French Studies from NYU.

Jared Berkowitz -- History PhD

Jared Berkowitz is a graduate student with the History Department. His research interests include American legal history and the history of capitalism. As an undergraduate at Rutgers College, Jared served as a writing tutor with the English Department while majoring in History and Political Science. He also holds a J.D. and M.A. in History from Rutgers University-Camden. Prior to Brandeis, Jared practiced insurance defense litigation with a commercial law firm in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Robert Cochran -- History PhD

Robert B. Cochran is a PhD Candidate in the History Department and is beginning his first year as a Writing Center Consultant. He studies imperial and colonial history, with particular emphases on nineteenth-century British history and the Caribbean. His research focuses on the interactions between colonizer and colonized, particularly as seen through the experiences of East Indian indentured laborers in the British Empire. He holds a BA in International Relations from Harvard University's Extension School and an MA in History from Brandeis.

Rachel Dale -- English MA

Rachel Dale is a Master’s Candidate in the English Department. Her academic interests include literary theory and the rhetoric of social movements, and she holds a BA in English from Gordon College. She previously taught a 7th grade writing class in Lawrence, MA, and also worked at the Gordon Writing Center for three years during her undergraduate studies.

Habiba Farh -- NEJS MA

Habiba Farh is a Master's candidate in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department. She received her B.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and anthropology from Brandeis University. During her undergraduate years at Brandeis, she was a part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP), where she is now the Graduate Writing Assistant for students from first-generation, low-income, and immigrant backgrounds. She is currently working on an ethnography about Arab-American and Muslim-American youth politicization in Boston.

Rebecca Friedlander - Anthropology MA

Rebecca Friedlander is a first year MA student in the Anthropology department. Her research focuses are in biological archaeology with a focus on pathologies and power structures. She has a BA in Anthropology and Religion from the University of Vermont.

Emiliano Gutiérrez Popoca -- English PhD

Emiliano Gutiérrez Popoca is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. He has worked as tutor in the Writing Center and currently teaches a UWS course on narrators and perspective in literature and film. He received his BA and MA in English from the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he was also Adjunct Professor, and where he taught literature, writing and ESL courses. His research interests include early modern drama, seventeenth century religious and love poetry and English-Spanish poetry translation.

Kalee Hall -- English PhD

Kalee Hall is a third-year PhD student in the English Department. She received her B.A. in English and French from Union University in 2015. Her research interests include Marxist and queer theory, contemporary American literature, and fat studies. She has worked as a tutor for over six years with a specific focus on grammar, and this semester she is teaching a UWS course on contemporary constructions of fatness.

Kalee is also the Writing Center's Grammar Specialist. She leads our grammar workshop series.

Liz Hawryluk -- Sustainable International Development MA

Liz Hawryluk is an MA student in the Heller School's Sustainable International Development program, focusing on Global Health initiatives and service delivery. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and looks forward to working with the Writing Center and Brandeis students this academic year.

Eric Hollander -- Musicology PhD

Eric Hollander is a PhD Candidate in Musicology. He has worked at various institutions as a reading and writing tutor for over seven years. Eric has a BM in viola performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. At Brandeis, Eric hopes to further his research in text-based and semiotic systems of musical notation and the Haikai no Renga as a musical form. As a performer and poet, Eric is an active member of the Chicago-based touring ensembles, Focus Group LLC., Haiga Duo, and 100 Ducks.

Bishar Jenkins Jr. -- Master of Public Policy MPP

Bishar Jenkins Jr. is a MPP Candidate at the Heller School. He possesses both state and federal experience in policy advocacy and analysis on a range of policy issues. Bishar earned a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, Bishar tutored students in expository writing and other related writing courses.

Haley Kandler -- Anthropology/WGS MA

Haley Kandler is a MA candidate in the joint Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality program and is beginning her second year as a consultant at Brandeis' Writing Center. Her current research involves gender performance, beauty culture, and Asian American identities, focusing particularly on beauty pageants and Filipino communities. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ali Kardatzke -- History PhD

Ali Kardatzke is a PhD student and teaching fellow in the History Department. Her research interests include nineteenth century American history and the history of medicine and public health. Ali received her BA in history and psychology from Anderson University. She also holds a MA in history from the University of Nebraska, where she served as a teaching assistant for numerous history courses.

Austin Kemp -- English MA

Austin Kemp is a first year Masters candidate. He earned a BA at Cumberland University and is is preparing his thesis on Graphic Novels as Canonical Literature.

Dominick Knowles -- English PhD

Dominick Knowles is a third-year PhD student in English. His areas of study include modernist literature, Marxist critique, and the poetry of the radical Left. He currently researches the literary, geographical, and political affiliations between the Objectivist poets and the writers of the Harlem Renaissance. His essays have appeared in Viewpoint Magazine

Chisom Onyekaonwu -- Finance MS

Chisom Onyekaonwu is a second year Master of Science in Finance student at the International Business School. She is a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is beginning her fourth semester as a consultant at the Brandeis Writing Center. She earned her BSc. in Economics and currently works as a Financial Analyst in a Management Consulting firm.

Matt Previto -- Ancient Greek + Roman Studies MA

Matthew Schratz -- English PhD

Matthew Schratz is a PhD candidate in the English Department. His dissertation, The American Novel at Work, 1964-2016 examines transformations in the way that stories are told about careers, jobs, and labor by analyzing those stories as they occur in recent and contemporary American fiction. He is active in the Writing Program at Brandeis, where he has taught courses on fiction of the Cold War and on the concept of the university. He has a BA from Williams College and an MA from New York University.

John Stiller -- Biochemistry PhD

John Stiller is a PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department. He has three years of experience working as a lab teaching assistant at Trinity College, where he received a BS in Biochemistry. At Brandeis, he studies protein dynamics with Prof. Dorothee Kern and his research focuses on structural characterization of high-energy states and the use of Bayesian statistics for large-data set problems.

Ripley Stroud -- Philosophy MA

Ripley Stroud is a first year Philosophy MA student. This is her first year as a Writing Center Consultant, but has previous experience as a writing assistant at her alma mater, St. John’s College. Her research focuses on the philosophy of mind, specifically the phenomenon of anxiety.

Grace Wilsey -- English MA

Grace Wilsey is a second-year master’s student in the English Department. She earned her BA at University of California Berkeley, where she majored in Film and Media Studies, and minored in English. Often working in cross-disciplinary studies between these two fields, she taught a class at Berkeley which compared classic fairy-tales to their Disney adaptations. Her current research extends into the realm of media studies, as she seeks to draw connections between print culture and digital culture to illuminate the problems surrounding censorship and regulation on social media today.