Our Consultants

Featured Consultant

At the CEW we employ some truly exceptional people. Here we highlight consultants who go above and beyond, excelling in the service they provide to UB students, faculty, and staff.

Max Kalnitz

Max Kalnitz

“Working at the CEW has allowed me to meet students from all walks of life and, unexpectedly, taught me about different cultures and traditions. I try to talk with every student about who they are and where they come from. My favorite part of being a consultant is making these small connections with students. Whether it’s connecting over a study abroad experience I had in a student’s hometown or reading an essay on my favorite book, each consultation is different and keeps me on the edge of my seat every time I walk in the office. Working as a consultant has been my favorite and most rewarding job. It’s defined my undergraduate experience and opened doors I couldn’t have imagined."

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

PhD Graduate Consultants

Amy Greer

Amy Greer

English

Amy Greer loves teaching science writing, and her current research focuses on the connections among different forms of popular genre fiction. Her other research interests include literary postmodernism, Derridean philosophy, the history of science, and animal studies. In her spare time, she's a dedicated cat whisperer.

Bella Poynton

Bella Poynton

Bella Poynton

Theater

Bella currently holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. She 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. 

Ben Kaiser

Ben Kaiser

Ben Kaiser  

CISL/TESOL

Ben has taught ESL to adult refugees through Adult Education programs. His primary research develops ESL literacy curricula. At the writing center, he loves when students come in with pre-writing questions and enjoys brain-storming. Ben has a small vegetable garden in his backyard where he grows many tasty veggies. He is trying to learn how to play the accordion too. While he loves both hobbies, his success has been mixed.

Cassandra Scherr

Cassandra Scherr

Cassandra Scherr

English

Cassandra studies speculative fiction with a focus on race, gender, and class dynamics.  Hailing from North Dakota (one of the few places colder then Buffalo) she particularly enjoys photography, fashion, and roller derby.

Cassidy Phelps

Cassidy Phelps

Cassidy Phelps

Classics

Cassidy studies 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.

Daae Jung

Daae Jung's 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 and has written a review for the journal Umbr(a). She's currently writing her dissertation tentatively titled, "Against the Metaphysics of Finitude: Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetics of Modernism."

Dana Venerable

Dana Venerable

Dana Venerable

English

Dana’s research interests include critical race theory, dance studies, performance, poetics and sound. Originally from New Jersey, she danced for most of her life, focusing primarily on tap and percussive movement. Before graduate school, Dana worked for education-based AmeriCorps programs as well as taught ESL classes.

Derry Moore

Derry Moore

Derry Moore

Linguistics

Derry specializies in Sociolinguistics, Rurality, Dialect, and Identity. When consulting, he especially enjoys the opportunities to meet diverse writers and to learn all the contexts that make writers unique. Derry loves spending time with his two year old daughter who often scares him with how smart she is. An hobby boardgamer, he takes every opportunity to bring his daughter into the hobby.

Eric Vanlieshout

Eric's research interest is 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.

Hannah Fogarty

Hannah Fogarty

Hannah Fogarty

English

Hannah studies 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. 

Hyoseol Ha

Hyoseol Ha

Hyoseol Ha

English

Seol's areas of interest include the 19th- and 20th-century American novels, the intersection of race and gender, madness and trauma studies, 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.

Jake Sanders

Jake Sanders

Jake Sanders

English

Jake's 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.

James Ponzo

James Ponzo

James Ponzo

American Studies

James is a native of Buffalo. His research engages the cultural tradition and literary accomplishments of African-Americans and others in the African Diaspora. He also studies 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!

Joshua Flaccavento

Joshua Flaccavento

Joshua Flaccavento

English

Josh works mostly on the 20th-century American novel, labor, and violence. His hobbies include travel, science fiction, Norse mythology, and martial arts.

Luke Heister

Luke Heister

Luke Heister

English

Luke's 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, he is revisiting the X-Files, cooking, watching films, and getting back into running.

Matt Connolly

Matt Connolly

Matt Connolly

English

Matt's interests include punk music, Otis Redding and the end of white supremacy. He has written an unpublished book on an 18th Century mystical Swede.

Matt McLeskey

Matt McLesky

Matt McLesky

Sociology

Matthew is interested in sociology of law, poverty, and urban sociology. He has taught classes on social theory, social psychology, social research methods, and criminology and has been awarded the Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award. His dissertation explores how housing policy on lead poisoning plays a role in the reproduction of urban poverty.

Michael Ely

Michael Ely

Michael Ely

History

Michael studies disability and madness. In his spare time, he enjoys Thunder basketball, bicycling, and wandering around Buffalo.

Patricia Chaudron

Patricia 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.

Sarah Goldbort

Sarah Goldbort

Sarah Goldbort

English

Sarah Goldbort's scholarly interests include rape culture, British nationalism and theories of the nation, history of the book studies, and the Long Eighteenth Century. She is the Graduate Assistant for the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, antique shopping, attending plays and musicals, hiking, and cooking.

Seth Cosmini

Seth Cosmini

Seth Cosmini

English

Seth's research focuses on race and violence in American literature and popular culture from the nineteenth century to the present. His other interests include experimental poetry, Adventure Time, and baking.

Shanleigh Corrallo

Shanleigh Corrallo

Shanleigh Corrallo

History

Shanleigh 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.

Tiffany Basset

Tiffany Bassett

Tiffany Bassett

English

Tiffany's research interests are in intellectual culture in the nineteenth century, as well as Civil War poets female writers in the nineteenth century. Her other interests include gardening, listening to skincare podcasts, and compulsively buying houseplants.

MA Graduate Consultants

Katie Weaver

Katie Weaver

Katie Weaver

Social Work  

Katie is Buffalo-born-and-bred and is in the MSW program.  She is also passionate about iced coffee, intersectional feminism, and headphones that don't tangle. When Katie isn't studying or in the CEW, she can found loitering and lollygagging all throughout the City of Buffalo— and she won't hesitate to share her favorite haunts with you.

Keenan Phillips

Keenan Phillips

Keenan Phillips

Archeology

Keenan's research concentrates on the European Iron Age and consists of Roman reuse of earlier sites. On campus, he is a part of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association. When he is not working on his own research in the library or in the field, he is preparing for his next section-hike on the Appalachian trail. His interests include long-distance hiking, traveling and finding another new foodie paradise in Buffalo.

Lauren Fibich

Lauren Fibich

Lauren Fibich

Education

Lauren is a Buffalo native and in the MA program for English Education. When she isn’t using books to escape to faraway lands, she can most likely be found adventuring on a mountaintop . Lauren aspires to become a high school English teacher.

Matthew Bosque

Matthew Bosque

Matthew Bosque

English  

Matthew is in the MA program in English. He specializes in telling you everything is going to be alright and quips. His interests include comic books, poetry, Puerto Rico, and Hugo from the hit series Lost.

Rebecca Frederick

Rebecca is an MA student in UB's English Education program and is intending to become a high school teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing videogames. She dreams of one day living with an army of cats.

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. 

Undergraduate Consultants

Austin Nagelhout

Austin Nagelhout

Austin Nagelhout

English

Austin is a Buffalo native pursuing a double major in Media Study and English. She spends much of her time producing and editing short films and hopes to work in the film industry after she graduates.

Brenna Zhangi

Brenna Zhangi

Brenna Zhangi

English/Classics

Brenna writes articles for the UB School of Architecture and Planning as a student assistant and teaches English as a second language off-campus at Lafayette High School. If she's not studying or working, she's probably holed up in a Starbucks or Whispers Cafe with a good book.

Cate Piersa

Cate Piersa

Cate Piersa

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.

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Dassi Kalmanofsky

Art History

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

Jack Frisicaro

Jack Frisicaro

Jack Frisicaro

English

Jack is an English major pursuing a minor in Education and the Creative Writing Certificate. He spends most of his time laughing, dancing and exploring the world with his two-year-old daughter. He also enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and playing guitar.

Jenny Simon

Jenny Simon

Jenny Simon

English/Linguistics

Jenny is an English and Linguistics major, minoring in Chinese, History, and Education. She has many other interests besides literature, and is willing to discuss various subjects with writers who come to meet with her. In her free time, Jenny likes to lounge around at home watching horror movies and TV dramas. Her post-graduation plans include teaching English abroad, and pursing higher degrees in English and Secondary Education in order to become a teacher.

Lily Ertischek

Lily Ertischek

Lily Ertischek

English/French

Lily's interests lie in reading, crafting, traveling, art, and especially in keeping up with the best and coolest foods and restaurants around. She is hoping to pursue a career in book publishing after she graduates.

Max Kalnitz

Max Kalnitz

Max Kalnitz

English

Max's studies concentrate in journalism and Japanese. He is involved with the campus newspaper, The Spectrum, where he is the senior features editor. His interests include playing the drums, running, and hiking. When he's not scrambling to cover the next big story on campus you can find him planning his next adventure.

Victoria Rucinski

Victoria

Victoria Rucinski

English/History

Victoria is a double major in English and History, also pursuing the Creative Writing Certificate. She is interested in modern fiction, local history, and traveling the country and globe.

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

CEW Consultants