Westside Writing Center Tutors

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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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David Donley, ddonley@ucsc.edu

David Donley is a Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department at UCSC. He holds masters and bachelor of arts degrees in Philosophy and American Studies. Prior to attending UCSC, he completed his undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton. He has six years of experience assisting students as a writing tutor on college campuses. His current research focuses on understanding political cognition in relation to public political discourse in contemporary America. Additionally, he teaches philosophy courses on campus, in local high schools, and in the Santa Cruz County Jail.

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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.

Jackson Kroopf, jkroopf@ucsc.edu

Jackson has worked at the intersection of arts and activism in Poughkeepsie, Oakland, and Los Angeles, focusing on the role collaborative, narrative art can play in social change. Each community-based project has brought together a multi-cultural collective of artists that discuss their lives and concerns, and work together to bring those conversations to the stage and screen. Jackson's previous narrative and documentary work has been shown at places like the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. After collaborating with students from USC and AFI Film Schools on a series of Narrative Shorts, Jackson has now begun to focus on the Documentary Form. His research interests include collaborative methodology, self-mythmaking, healing through creative expression, queer/radical approaches to performance, and the dialectic between maker, actor, and audience. More specifically, Jackson is interested in intimate representations of marginalized identities, and the impact such representations can have on personal liberation and social change.

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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.

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Alex Ullman, aullman@ucsc.edu

Alex Ullman is a PhD student in the literature department.  He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is interested in all things literary and musical.

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Jose Antonio Villaran, jvillara@ucsc.edu

Jose Antonio Villarán is the author of la distancia es siempre la misma (Matalamanga) and el cerrajero (Album del Universo Bakterial). In 2008 he created the AMLT project, an exploration of hypertext literature and collective authorship; the project was sponsored by Puma from 2011-2014. He has taught literature, creative writing, English composition and rhetoric classes at several academic institutions, and has extensive experience as a writing tutor. He holds an MFA in Writing from University of California-San Diego, and is currently a PhD student of Literature at UC-Santa Cruz.

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Emma Wood, emwwood@ucsc.edu

Originally from New York City, Emma Wood holds a BA in Russian History and Literature from Harvard University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. At Iowa, she taught literature and creative writing to undergraduates, in addition to co-directing a reading series.

Her poetry has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Napa Valley Writing Conference and appeared in numerous journals. She's currently an adjunct professor at UCSC and an interviews editor at The Rumpus. She lives in the Bonny Doon mountains with her husband, a PhD student in literature and fellow Writing Center Tutor, and their two dogs.