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Meet the Fellows

Writing fellows are a select group of graduate students recommended by their departments for their demonstrated mastery of writing in their disciplines and their aptitude for peer review. In ongoing training with the GSWC Director, fellows develop an understanding of writing in the disciplines, theories of tutoring, and working with international graduate students, among other topics.

Learn more about the work our fellows do in this feature article, "Meet the Writing Center Fellows."

Director: Linda Macri

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Thomas McCloskey

Sam Allen (Public Health)  Raino Isto (Art History and Archaeology) Aaron Ostrander (Physics)
Karen Boyd (iSchool)

Fiona Jardine (iSchool)

Heather Pribut (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science)
Courtney Douglass (iSchool)

Hannah Jardine (Education)

Upamanyu Ray (Engineering)
Kelsey Dutta (Engineering)

Clark J. Lee (Public Health)

Jordan Slavik (History)
Nabila Hijazi (English)

Jenny Lee, Ph.D. (Public Health)

Alessandra Zimmerman (Biochemistry)
Will Howell (Communication)

Briana O'Neal (Education)


Linda Macri, Ph.D. (Director)

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Dr. Macri is the Director of Academic and Professional Development in the Graduate School and has directed the Graduate School Writing Center since 2014. From 2005-2013, she served as the director of the Academic Writing Program in the English Department. Her interests are in composition studies and rhetorical theory, graphic novels and comic studies, and women’s literature. She has taught a range of courses from "English 101" to "Writing for Non-Profits" to "The Rhetoric of Fiction." A native New Yorker, she lives in Washington, DC, with her three girls, all of whom excel at argumentation.


Sam Allen (Public Health)

Though known primarily for his appearance on The Price is Right, Sam is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Science. He holds a clinical masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy from The University of Maryland, wherein his master's thesis explored the emotional wellbeing of mothers of transgender and gender nonconforming children. Sam's research interests broadly include queer families, racial minority families, and the intersection of the two. Outside of school, Sam works part-time in a private practice as a licensed couple and family therapist, and enjoys teaching yoga classes throughout the DC metro area. In his spare time, Sam enjoys utilizing his experience in culinary school to cook for himself and loved ones, watching documentaries, and making people laugh.

Karen Boyd (iSchool)

Karen studies values and ethics in design and organizations as a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies, and has a particular interest in research methods. She holds an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UCSD and few years of experience in marketing and start-up consulting. She's taught classes and tutored students from 16 to 50 years old in various high-stakes exams and essays for over 3 years, and especially enjoys helping students find their voice in a new language. In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing, craft beer, painting, and 50 or so of the best podcasts known to humanity.

Courtney Douglass (iSchool)