Our administrative staff members train Writing Consultants, teach courses, develop curriculum, research and publish in Rhetoric and Composition, initiate new programs, answer questions about Center policies and practice, and maintain the day-to-day operations of the Center.
Interim Director: Dr. Marcus Weakley
Administrative Assistant: Lauren Morrison
Our Writing Consultants are students from programs across CGU who are excellent writers and, more importantly, excellent teachers of writing. They have been writing at the graduate school level for at least one year and come highly recommended by their professors. All have had training in tutoring methods. Most have college teaching experience, and some are writing their Ph.D. dissertations. For more information about our Consultants, follow the bios below:
Kristen Brownell is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU. Before that, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and her BA in English and Classics at the University of California, Irvine. Her academic interests include nineteenth century literature, book history, archives, museum studies, and the history of technology. She has studied abroad quite extensively and considers the exploration of other cultures to be one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have in life. Kristen has worked at the Center for Writing and Rhetoric since 2013 and hails it as one of the highlights of her time at CGU.
Anne Cormia is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at CGU. Before that, she earned her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of York and her BA in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Mills College. Her academic interests include cognitive psychology with a focus on memory and eyewitness testimony. Anne joined the Center for Writing & Rhetoric in January 2019.
Francesca is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU, where she also received her MA in English. Her primary research interests are in Victorian literature, the rise of the novel, and gender studies. She joined the CGU Writing Center staff in 2012, and she most recently completed teaching the Foundations in Graduate Writing and Presenting summer course at CGU. She enjoys working with peers at any stage of the writing process and loves to discuss writing and revision strategies.
Alyssa is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU, where she also received her MA in English. Her primary research interests are in Modernist and Irish literature as well as alternative forms of communication created through the intersection of culture, language, and literature. She joined the CGU Writing Center staff as a consultant and the student administrative assistant in 2015.
Jung-Hsien Lin is a doctoral student in the Department of Cultural Studies and received her MA in English. Her research focuses on the psychoanalytic theory of love, perversion, and desire, specifically the ways of which they triangulate human subjectivity.
Leila Logue is a PhD student in the English department. She received her BA in Film Studies and Philosophy from the University of Southern California and her MA in Film Studies from New York University. Her research interests include late 19th- to early 20th-century American literary studies, critical theory, and the relationship between film and literature.
Rida is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU. She received her MA from California Baptist University (CBU) where she also taught English as an adjunct instructor to first-year undergraduate students. Her research interests include women's writings, the portrayal of women in American, African-American and South Asian literature.
Rocío Mendoza is a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in the School of Educational Studies with an emphasis in higher education. Her research focuses on the retention, persistence, and graduate school pathways of Chicanx-Latinx college students and the role institutional contexts play in facilitating (or hindering) their academic success. Prior to coming to CGU, Rocío worked with several academic programs that support historically underrepresented students of color (i.e., TriO Upward Bound, McNair, Educational Opportunity Program, and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program).
Troy Mikanovich is a doctoral student pursuing an interfield degree in religion and American politics at Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include secularization, the religious opposition to state ideology, and the responsibilities of religious studies as a discipline. Before coming to CGU, he received a BA in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and an MA in religion and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union.
Lauren is a doctoral student in literature at CGU, where she also completed her MA in English. Her primary research areas are nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. She has worked at the Center for Writing & Rhetoric since 2013, and she also teaches in the Writing Program at the University of La Verne. When she isn't reading for her dissertation, she is probably painting portraits of her miniature schnauzer.
Ester Navarro is a PhD student in the Master-PhD joint program on Cognitive Psychology at CGU. She received her B.A. from the University of Granada, Spain, where she majored in Linguistics and Translation. She is a long-term international student with experience living in London, Berlin, and now in Claremont. She loves studying and learning languages (she is currently fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, and German),which is the reason that she joined the Cognitive Psychology program at CGU. Her research interests are mainly individual differences on bilingualism, perspective-taking, and communication, and her current project is examining the cognitive mechanisms underlying the reasons why people make communication errors.
Alaina is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at CGU. Her research interests lie in the field of Applied Cognitive Psychology, primarily topics related to memory, metacognition, and human computer interaction. She joined the CGU Center for Writing & Rhetoric staff as a consultant in 2019.
Mark Rinella is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at CGU, where he also received his MA in Social Psychology. His research focuses on how different identity related motivations influence the marginalization of group member. Mark currently manages the Social Identity Lab and serves as part-time lecturer at Cal State LA.
Brock is a literature doctoral student at CGU, where he also received his MA in English. Before that, he earned his MA in Secondary English Education from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. His academic interests include 20th century American literature, queer cinema, and queer theory. He has been a writing consultant for the Center for Writing & Rhetoric since 2014 and is also an instructor for the Center's International Scholars Program.
Therasa Topete is a doctoral student in the Department of Religion at CGU in the Critical Comparative Scriptures program with a Coptic track. Her primary research interests include early Christianity and Islam, focusing on translation and analysis of Coptic and Arabic texts from late antiquity. She joined the CGU Center for Writing and Rhetoric in 2018.