Westside Writing Center Tutors


andrea seeger

Andrea Seeger, WWC Director, anseeger@ucsc.edu

Andrea (a Santa Cruz native returned from academic wandering) received her BA from UC Santa Cruz, her MA from the University of Colorado Boulder, and is completing a PhD from UC Berkeley. Andrea studies 20th Century American Literature, African American Literature, the History of Scientific Racism, Critical Race Theory, and Gender Studies. She has been teaching literature and writing courses for over 10 years and enjoys her students challenging themselves through exploring and developing the processes of inquisitive reading and conscientious academic writing.

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Gabrielle Greenly, gagreenl@ucsc.edu

Gaby is a PhD student in the History of Art and Visual Culture at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research area is colonial South American art and objects, with a focus on Andean textiles of and proximate to this period. She has been tutoring at the WWC for the past two years and looks forward to working with students again this year.

Kara Hisatake, khisatak@ucsc.edu

Kara Hisatake was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. She received her BA in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, her MA in Literature at the University of Santa Cruz, California, and is currently working towards her PhD at UC Santa Cruz in the Literature Department. Her work focuses on the literatures of Hawai‘i, including comedy and performance, and examines racial formation and settler colonialism in Hawai‘i and Pidgin (Hawai‘i Creole English). More broadly, she works in Asian American and Pacific literatures. Kara has enjoyed working as a teaching assistant, writing and literature instructor, and mentor for the past few years.

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Nicholas Irsfeld, irsfeld@gmail.com

Nicholas, father of three, wears many hats in addition to tutoring writing. As a career coach, he helps others to express their ideas effectively. A number of his clients are writers whom he helps with editing, story development, and marketing. He also runs a beekeeping business. Nicholas worked for several years in IT consulting where honed his technical writing skills through supporting clients with system documentation and user instruction development; and he worked in low-income housing in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district as an onsite social services coordinator. Nicholas holds a dual BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he cut his teeth as a writing tutor helping fellow students with essays on the Great Books. He also completed a two-year course in Hakomi, a body-oriented psychotherapy technique, with the Hakomi Institute of San Francisco. He also has a Master’s in Education underway.

Talib Jabbar

Talib Jabbar, tjabbar@ucsc.edu

Talib is a second year PhD student in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. He has a BA in Politics from UCSC and a MS in Social Policy from Lund University, in Sweden. His research focuses on both English and Urdu language contemporary narrative by and about the South Asian diaspora. He is interested in the ways these works can help examine themes of identity, especially its politicization. Talib has been a teaching assistant for writing intensive courses and has served as a writing tutor in diverse institutions.
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Laurel Peacock, lpeacock@ucsc.edu

Laurel Peacock earned her PhD in Literature at UCSC in 2013, and has since been teaching for Porter College (Core and an art class) and for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills (English). She has years of tutoring experience and has worked with many English language learners.