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Meet Our Consultants

CEW Consultants

The CEW employs undergraduate and graduate consultants in a variety of disciplines.

Our graduate consultants are MA or PhD students who demonstrate excellence in academic research and writing, understand effective writing practices, and know how to help writers develop their thoughts. 

Our undergraduate consultants are successful academic writers who have also completed a semester-length course preparing them to mentor others in writing.   

Learn more about our consultants:

Graduate Level

Andi Coulter

Andi Coulter

Andi Coulter

PhD, English

Andi Coulter cut her teeth for over a decade at Washington, D.C.'s famous music venue the 9:30 Club as the Marking Director and written ‘voice’ of the club.  She then moved to San Francisco to work for the original Fillmore and Shoreline Pavilion. She is currently an English doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo and completing her dissertation on social space, live music and the No Wave scene in New York City. Her fields of interest include urban ethnography, noise, dissonance, and the politics of outsider art. You can often catch her teetering down UB's halls in too-high heels, downtown Tuesdays at the Buffalo Film Seminar or working at the city's legendary Tralf Music Hall.

Anne Marie Butler

Anne Marie and Maggie

Anne Marie Butler

PhD, Global Gender Studies

Anne Marie is a PhD candidate in the Global Gender Studies program. Her dissertation is on contemporary Tunisian visual art. She has been teaching for four years and has received a departmental teaching award as well as the Graduate School's Excellence in Teaching Award. She places a strong emphasis on professional, analytic writing in all the courses she teaches.

Matt Connolly

Matt Connolly

Matt Connolly

PhD, English

Matt is a second year PhD student in the English Department. His interests include punk music, Otis Redding and the end of white supremacy. He has written an unpublished book on an 18th Century mystical Swede.

Derry Moore

Derry Moore

Derry Moore

PhD, Linguistics

Derry is a PhD candidate specializing in Sociolinguistics. His dissertation research examines rurality and dialect focusing on phonological variation, social networks, and language attitudes. More broadly, his academic interests include Cognitive Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Semantics, and Phonology.

Derry recently acquired the esteemed role of New Father. He is loving the climb up the steep learning curve of parenthood. An avid boardgame enthusiast, Derry can't wait to start teaching new games to his daughter.

Ben Kaiser

Ben Kaiser

Ben Kaiser  

PhD, CISL
MA, TESOL

Ben has taught ESL to adult refugees through the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education program for five years. His primary research focus is developing early and beginner level ESL literacy curriculum for adult students with interrupted formal education (SIFE), particularly refugees. To that end, he’s examining how to best utilize students’ unique experiences and skills in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms to improve their written literacy in English.

Ben has a small vegetable garden in his backyard on Buffalo’s West Side where he grows tomatoes, herbs, kale and other tasty veggies.  He is trying to learn how to play the accordion too. While he loves these two hobbies his success has been mixed.  

At the writing center, he loves when students come in with pre-writing questions and enjoys brain-storming.

Joshua Flaccavento

Joshua Flaccavento

Joshua Flaccavento

PhD, English

Josh is a third-year student in the English PhD program, where he works mostly on the 20th-century American novel, labor, and violence. His hobbies include travel, science fiction, Norse mythology, and martial arts.



Hannah Fogarty

Hannah Fogarty

Hannah Fogarty

PhD, English

Hannah is a PhD student in the English Department studying transatlantic nineteenth century literature. Her research focuses on the history of science and psychology, examining issues of embodiment and sensation. When not studying or teaching Hannah enjoys cooking, discovering new music, and watching too much Netflix. 

James Ponzo

James Ponzo

James Ponzo

PhD, American Studies

James is a native of Buffalo and a second semester PhD student in American Studies here at UB.  His research engages the rich cultural tradition and literary accomplishments of African-Americans and others in the African Diaspora. He has also recently begun to study Ancient Africa. When James is not occupied with scholarly pursuits, he enjoys music, pop culture, politics, and following/playing sports—especially football and basketball—and he is a huge Buffalo Bills fan!

Michelle Gaskin

Michelle Gaskin

Michelle Gaskin

MA, TESOL

Michelle loves working at CEW. It has opened her eyes and heart to the prospect of teaching in the future.  She is especially interested in poetry and painting. She is torn between writing and painting as a career, and so she is aiming for both. Michelle is originally from Trinidad and Tobago but has been living in the U.S. for almost thirty years. While she loves it here, she misses climbing fruit trees and eating mangoes freshly picked.

Mike Gifford

Mike Gifford

Mike Gifford

PhD, Philosophy

Mike's academic interest is the philosophy of language.  Better known as Giff to his friends, he's also interested in music and history, and plays the classical guitar. Mike Gifford is the chillest guy you could ever hope to know!

George Brown, Jr.

George Brown, Jr.

George Brown, Jr.

J.D., Law

George is a J.D. candidate at the University at Buffalo School of Law. His legal interests include Constitutional Law, Legal History, Tax Law, Commercial Real Estate and Contracts Law. George has served as a board member with the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program and the Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Currently, he is a Publications Editor on the Buffalo Law Review and plans to work in Commercial Business law with the firm Harris Beach PLLC after graduation.

Most of George’s free time is spent planning for his wedding in January. He also enjoys watching sports, watching movies, reading materials involving legal history, and playing video games. His favorite sports teams are the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Lakers. His favorite show to binge is How I Met Your Mother and he enjoys movies from all generations and genres.

Ryan Sheldon

Ryan Sheldon

Ryan Sheldon

PhD, English

Ryan Sheldon is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the English Department. His dissertation focuses on the rhetoric of number in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature. His other interests include: contemporary poetry and poetics, cultural studies, Marxism, and anti-colonial thought. He makes ice cream.

Shanleigh Corrallo

Shanleigh Corrallo

Shanleigh Corrallo

PhD, History

Shanleigh is a second-year PhD student in the History Department. She earned her M.A. at Niagara University in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research focuses on 20th century African American and urban history. In addition to her academic interests, Shanleigh enjoys hanging out with her Dachshund Franklin, playing fantasy football, and watching historical documentaries. She is a local of the WNY area.

Cassidy Phelps

Cassidy Phelps

Cassidy Phelps

PhD, Classics

Cassidy is a PhD student in the Classics department studying Mediterranean archaeology.  In the summers, she excavates at the Etruscan site of Rofalco in Italy.  Her non-academic interests include watching the USWNT, cooking, and traveling.

Jake

Jake Sanders

Jake Sanders

PhD, English

Jake is a second year PhD student in the English Department, whose research interests include nationalism and national identities in twentieth-century British and Irish fiction, literature and social sciences, transnational literature relating to migration, and film studies. He enjoys photography, visiting museums, biking, and cooking.

Hyoseol

Hyoseol Ha

Hyoseol Ha

PhD, English

Seol is a first year PhD student in the English Department. Her areas of interest include the 19th- and 20th-century American novels, the intersection of race and gender, existentialism, and many more.

In her free time, Seol re-watches her favorite movies, mindlessly walks with random music, and indulges in the pictures of puppies, food, and space.

Joe Hall

Joe Hall

Joe Hall

PhD, English

Joe has taught creative writing, composition, and environmental literature to students of all ages at the Just Buffalo Writing Center, George Washington University's Precollege Program, SUNY Fredonia, and here at SUNY Buffalo. His interests include environmental literature, basketball, poetry, post-colonial literature, comma splices, and helping you find the best structure for your paper.

Kevin Kane

Kevin Kane

Kevin Kane

PhD, Comparative Literature

Kevin Kane is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature. He is interested in spiritual matters, especially in the form of anecdotal evidence from the past few decades — near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, past-life regressions, etc. He is especially interested in what this growing body of evidence suggests about the purposes and functions of art.

Bella Poynton

Bella Poynton

Bella Poynton

PhD, Theater

Bella is earning her second Master’s degree in the Theater Arts department. She currently holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. Bella was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Iowa, and taught Playwriting, Theater History, and Theater 101. She has also served as a teaching artist at Syracuse Stage, The Just Buffalo Literary Center, The Lancaster Opera House, and Road Less Traveled Productions. 

Luke

Luke Heister

Luke Heister

PhD, English

Luke is in his third year of the English PhD program. He’s currently studying for his oral exam and is working on his dissertation prospectus. His research is focused on public and private social formations in American modernism and realism, using methods and perspectives derived from political and social insights from psychoanalysis. When he’s not studying to achieve candidacy, he is revisiting the X-Files, cooking, watching films, and getting back into running.

Yoonha Shin

Yoonha Shin

Yoonha Shin

PhD, English

Yoonha is a PhD candidate in the English Department. She is interested in various social and cultural issues related to Women and Gender Studies. Her dissertation is on contemporary women’s fiction, with a focus on the female body experience since the Women’s Liberation Movement. She is currently teaching First Year Composition at UB. Yoonha was named the 2014 UB Student Employee of the Year!

Nicole Lowman

Nicole Lowman

Nicole Lowman

PhD, English

Nicole Lowman is a PhD student in the English Department. She's interested in doubles and alter egos, as well as psychoanalytic, gender and queer theory. She is the president of the Kurt Vonnegut Society and of the Northeast Modern Language Association's Graduate Student Caucus. Outside of academics, Nicole likes to practice yoga, cook and ride her bike.

Visaj Desai

Visaj

Visaj Desai

MS, Industrial Engineering

Visaj is a Master's student in the Industrial Engineering department. His motivation to take up graduate studies was an interest in both engineering and business. He finds working as a consultant in the Center a serendipitous opportunity to convert a hobby and skill into an assistance to fellow students. It's this job that makes Monday's exciting for him! During his free time he likes to swim, gym, play tennis or go out and socialize with friends. Yet, nothing would beat his favorite hobby of reading Archer thrillers whilst sipping coffee.

Brittany Bell

Brittany Bell

Brittany Bell

MA, Social Work

Brittany has been working at the CEW since Spring 2014 and is one of our First Year Writing Specialists.  Brittany comes from a family of twins:  she is a twin, and her little brothers are also twins!

Kinga Winnicki

Kinga

Kinga Winnicki

PhD, English

Kinga is a second-year PhD student in the English department. Her academic interests lie in American modern and postmodern literature and film, especially experimental fiction, intertextuality, and posthumanism. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, she is a world traveler, ardently exploring new cultures and ever-seeking adventure. She adores fashion, likes cats, enjoys painting, sailing, playing her violin, staying current on astronomy and technology, and in her spare time getting lost in espionage tales and science fiction worlds.

 

Brandon

Joseph

Woody

Patricia Chaudron

Patricia is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department. She is currently completing her dissertation on 1890s American poetry and realism. She worked as a managing editor for the Emily Dickinson Journal – the poet whose work initially inspired her to pursue a graduate degree at UB. When not working on her project, she enjoys biking, writing, browsing, and receiving postcards, and eating copious amounts of European chocolate.

Eric Vanlieshout

Eric is an English PhD student with a research interest in English Literature. He also has experience teaching writing courses at UB and engaging a wide variety of textual material. Enjoys coffee. Dreams of cephalopod symbiosis. Did math once, and occasionally experiments with knotty psychoanalysis. Friendly and immediately engaging, at least with James. Has general interests and hobbies. A solid 3rd pick for a zombie apocalypse team.

Daae Jung

Daae Jung is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at SUNY Buffalo. Her research interests include 20th century American literature, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and continental philosophy (particularly German Idealism). An active contributor to the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, she has been editing articles for the journal Umbr(a) and wrote a review of Slavoj Žižek’s Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism for the 2013 issue of Umbr(a). She's currently writing her dissertation tentatively titled, "Against the Metaphysics of Finitude: Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetics of Modernism."

 

Undergraduate Level

Jason Ripple

Jason Ripple

Jason Ripple

Sophomore, English

Jason is an English major who loves to think about and talk about writing.  When he isn’t thinking or talking about writing, he is likely reading or writing about thinking and talking about writing.  When he isn’t confusing people with intentionally ornate and wordy sentences (or advising them against writing ornate and wordy sentences), he is probably listening to music, playing Super Smash Bros., folding origami, solving Rubik’s cubes, or making duct tape crafts.


Michael Fiorica

Michael Fiorica

Michael Fiorica

Sophomore, Triple Major

Michael is a sophomore at UB majoring in English, Political Science, and Philosophy. After graduation, he plans to attend law school and study International Humanitarian Law. In his free time, Michael studies voice with the UB Music Department and reads a lot of whodunit mystery novels. His favorite authors include Agatha Christie, Tana French and Mickey Spillane. Michael is looking forward to working in the CEW and discussing writing!

 

Nanu Gelda

Nanu Gelda

Nanu Gelda

Senior, English

Nanu is a senior English major. She loves the learning sciences and plans to pursue a career that allows her to address issues in education. In her free time, she enjoys watching T.V. with her little sister, writing, and visiting state parks.



Sarah Stanford

Sarah Stanford

Sarah Stanford

Junior, Psychology/Biology

Sarah is a senior at UB double majoring in English and Psychology.  After undergrad, she plans to pursue her Master's Degree in English Education.  She is very interested in assisting the youth of Buffalo through her involvement in Buffalo Public Schools, Cradle Beach and AmeriCorps.  She also plans to pursue a certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language after completing her undergraduate degrees.

Rachael Saeva

Rachael Saeva

Rachael Saeva

Senior, English

Rachael is an English student with interests in philosophy as well as creative writing. In her spare time she tends to write poetry, broaden her music knowledge through Spotify, and search for healthy alternatives (such as yoga and vegetarian recipes) to a rather hectic, college lifestyle. 

Katie Weaver

Katie Weaver

Katie Weaver

Sophomore, Legal Studies

Katie is a sophomore at UB pursuing a degree in Legal Studies.  She is also a docent at the Buffalo Museum of Science and spent her summer as a Discovery Camp Counselor both at the Museum and at Tifft Nature Preserve.  Buffalo born-and-bred, Katie loves to spend her free time exploring the city and finding new places to be excited about- and she won't hesitate to share her favorites with you!

Evan Murphy

Evan Murphy

Evan Murphy

Junior, Philosophy/Psychology

Evan is a sophomore at UB pursuing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy; after graduation, he intends to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He enjoys talking with people, drinking coffee, reading depressing philosophers, drinking coffee, listening to music -- particularly hip-hop and punk -- and drinking coffee. Evan is also an intern at the Psychological Services Center, and works as a grant writer at City Hall over the summer. His favorite writers and thinkers are David Hume, Arthur Schopenhauer, Joyce, and Borges.

Cate Piersa

Cate Piersa

Cate Piersa

Junior, English/Linguistics

Cate is a Linguistics major who enjoys butchering the English language on the altar of poetics. She spends much of her time documenting and translating visual and tactile experiences, and is concerned about her chances at future employment but may eventually attempt a career in child speech therapy or the operation of heavy machinery. She is Co-Poetry Editor for UB's creative arts magazine, "Name." Cate's other interests include music, skateboarding, talking through movies, E.E. Cummings, and heckling.

Lex Hajiaskari

Lex

Lex Hajiaskari

Senior, English

Lex is a senior English major with a minor in Education. She also considers herself an amateur queer theorist, a mediocre poet, and a professional life-lover. Her passions range from proper grammar to housing domesticated reptiles. Her favourite authors include Walt Whitman, Chuck Palahniuk, and Judith Butler. After she graduates, Lex hopes to attend UB for their English Doctoral Program. 

Lisa Gagnon

Lisa Gagnon

Lisa Gagnon

Senior, English and Linguistics

Lisa is a senior English and Linguistics major, with a minor in Cello Performance. She is currently working on her senior honors thesis which will explore the importance and positive impact of the creative arts in education, drawing from her work with several local nonprofits including the Just Buffalo Literary Center and Buffalo String Works. When not running between classes and rehearsals, Lisa enjoys hiking, deep conversations, singing in the car and releasing aggression through card games. In the future, she hopes to teach English abroad and attend graduate school before returning to work with the international and arts communities here in Buffalo.

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Sophomore, Art History

Dassi Kalmanofsky is an Art History major, and a sophomore here at UB. She is from New York City, and has three siblings. In addition to writing, Dassi loves musical theater, art, and literature.

Cassidy

Cassidy Sulaiman

Cassidy Sulaiman

Senior, English

Cassidy Sulaiman is an English major with a focus on medieval literature, creative writing, sexuality, and any combination of those things. He also has some background in graphic design and typography. He spends his free time playing tabletop games with his friends.

Jeff

Jeffrey Guiher

Jeffrey Guiher

Senior, English

Jeffrey is a senior English major who intends on pursuing a master’s degree in Publishing. He is a Buffalo local that graduated from Niagara County Community College with an A.S. degree in Digital Media. Jeffrey also works as a manager for our friends at the UB Libraries. His consultant expertise includes help with creative writing, as well as resumes and cover letters. For recreation, he often writes fantasy thrillers, produces videos, and remixes music.

Isabelle

Kerry

Austin

Matthew

Max