Graduate Writing Fellow Bios

Graduate Writing Fellows (GWFs)

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Graduate Writing Fellows offer one-on-one writing consultations with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, host writing retreats, create and lead workshops, and run the Graduate Certificate in Writing Theory and Practice and the Writing Partner Program. Our fellows come from degree programs across campus. All fellows receive training in WAC theory and practice through monthly professional development meetings with WAC faculty.

Read the biographies of our current GWFs below.


Sophia Bamert, PhD Candidate, English

Sophia Bamert is a PhD candidate in English with a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She holds her MA in English from UC Davis and a BA in English and Environmental Studies with a minor in German from Oberlin College. She most recently spent a year as an exchange lecturer in American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg–Universität in Mainz, Germany. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature, urban studies, cultural geography, race studies, environmental humanities, and writing pedagogy. She loves working with students and peers on their writing and edits friends' fellowship applications in her free time. She wouldn't get any of her own writing done without discussing her revisions with other people, so she looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for talking through the writing process at all stages, from brainstorming to revising.


Caitlin Banks, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Caitlin Banks is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group and is pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Translational Research. She received a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. She transferred to UC Davis in 2018 from a Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. program at the University of Florida, where she worked alongside students across the health professions. Caitlin’s research focuses on improving walking in people with stroke, with an emphasis on understanding the underlying physiologic differences between individuals with chronic stroke. Caitlin has a combined 10 years of experience tutoring students and coaching figure skating, and she is excited to be serving as the Writing Fellow for the School of Nursing this year!



Shelley Dykstra, PhD Student, Spanish Linguistics

Shelley Dykstra is proud to be pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics with emphases in Second Language Acquisition and Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. Shelley completed her MA in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and her BA in Linguistics Language Study from University of California, San Diego. Originally from the Bay Area, she spent five years teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language at four higher educational institutions in Berkeley, Oakland, and Pleasant Hill before beginning her Ph.D. here at Davis. Her research interests are second language and heritage language reading and writing, teacher feedback, linguistic variation, critical pedagogy, and critical language awareness. She hopes to offer writing consultations that maintain and develop the author's voice and that meet the writer where they're at in their writing process. Her long term goal is to contribute to the success of all students of unique and diverse backgrounds by working collaboratively towards increased critical language awareness and more inclusive academic writing practices. 



Ally Fulton, PhD Student, English

Ally Fulton is a Ph.D. student in English with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. She received a B.A. in English and Biology from Oberlin College. After graduating, she worked as the Writing Associate Fellow at Oberlin for two years, where she helped to expand the program by developing a speaking program alongside the writing program. Now at Davis, her research interests are in 19th-century American scientific literature, print culture, queer theory, and the environmental humanities. She finds immense value in conversing with other writers about their process and ideas, so she looks forward to working with fellow graduate students to inspire excitement about writing.





mccarty2018_2.jpgKristin McCarty, PhD Candidate, Sociology

Kristin McCarty is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology department. She received a B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a M.A. in Sociology from UC Davis. Using a feminist theoretical perspective and drawing on legal consciousness studies, her dissertation examines the beliefs and behaviors of non-traditional families in the United States to understand how they experience interactions with socio-legal institutions and how they may or may not resist or implement legal ideas in the process of family-building. Kristin is a first-generation college and graduate student, so she knows how overwhelming graduate writing can be for some folks and plans to offer writing consultations in a less intimidating environment.


Emily Meyer, PhD Student, Applied Mathematics

Emily Meyer is a PhD student in Applied Mathematics, where she uses mathematical modeling to understand how electrical signals travel through the heart and how this is regulated by the nervous system. She received her BA in Mathematics and Neuroscience from Pomona College, and her MA in Mathematics from Wake Forest University. She has been teaching and tutoring throughout her studies, and especially loves working with individual students to help guide them to discover creative solutions to hard problems. Emily enjoys using the writing process to reflect and learn more about her own research, and she looks forward to working with other students in this pursuit as well. She is thrilled to learn more about the research that graduate students are doing across campus!




wade.jpgJasmine Wade, PhD Student, Cultural Studies

Jasmine Wade is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Graduate Group and is pursing a Designate Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. She received her BA in Sociology from Princeton University and her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. Her research focuses on the intersections of race literature, social movements, and critical pedagogy. Jasmine has been tutoring and teaching writing for over ten years. It is one of her passions. She aims to offer writing consultations that are not intimidating and allow for the free flow of thoughts and creativity. 


wittstock.jpgStacy Wittstock, PhD Student, School of Education

Stacy Wittstock is a fourth year PhD student in the School of Education, emphasizing in Learning and Mind Sciences and Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She received her BA in Music and English from Pacific Lutheran University and her MA in English from Washington State University. Her research interests include writing program administration, basic writing and writers, composition pedagogy, writing assessment, and other subjects. Stacy has been teaching writing at the college level since 2011 and has worked as a Graduate Writing Fellow for the past year. This year, Stacy will be taking over the role of Lead GWF. Please feel free to contact Stacy with any questions about the services provided by the GWF program (