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. 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.
Lauren Fink, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Lauren Fink is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. She received her B.M. in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her M.Phil in Music & Science from the University of Cambridge. Her master’s thesis examined music’s ability to modulate eyeblink patterns. At Davis, Lauren uses eye-tracking, electroencephalography, and computational modeling to characterize the neural mechanisms underlying music’s ability to influence attention and motor behavior.
Gabi Kirk, PhD Student, Geography
Gabi Kirk is a third year Ph.D. student in the Geography Graduate Group and is pursing a Designate Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. She has BAs in Environmental Studies and History from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the intersections of politics and ecology in Israel-Palestine, with a focus on agriculture and arid lands. In addition to interdisciplinary social science, her work builds on Marxist political economy, feminist studies, and other critical theory fields. She loves working with graduate students from diverse fields as a Writing Fellow. She can help with anything from a dissertation chapter on postcolonial literary criticism, to a NSF grant application on integrated pest management issues in almond horticulture, and everything in between.
Kristin 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.
Karen de Sola-Smith, MA, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing
Karen is a fourth year PhD candidate in the School of Nursing. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Literature from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. Karen has worked professionally with young students with developmental disorders as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Behavior Specialist for 15 years. Her dissertation research analyzes patient-provider communication in the context of serious illness, focusing on misalignment between patient clinical needs and the content of clinical discussions. As a lover of literature and music, she understands how difficult it can be to write for a scientific audience, and looks forward to sharing with other students helpful tools and tips to decrease anxiety, improve writing quality, and collaborate effectively with faculty and peers on small and large writing projects.
Mitch Simon, PhD Candidate, Physiology
Mitch is in his fifth year with the Physiology Graduate Group. He works in a lab that studies the heart and its diseases at the cellular level. Meanwhile, he hopes his love for snacks isn't damaging his cardiac health. Mitch loves learning about all the research being done on campus, so come in and share yours with him!
Jasmine 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.
Stacy Wittstock, PhD Student, School of Education
Stacy Wittstock is a third 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 peer response and collaborative learning, writing program administration, and the relationship between race, language, and writing assessment, particularly for students deemed underprepared for college writing. Stacy has been teaching writing at the college level since 2011 and has previous experience as a peer writing mentor for graduate students. She looks forward to working with her peers across the curriculum as a Graduate Writing Fellow.