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From poets to science writers to game designers, our lecturers are part of a solid curricular base. They teach media and writing subjects, partner with faculty on particular classes, and play an integral role in MIT's mission to graduate students with strong communication skills by being embedded within other departments as part of the Institute's Undergraduate Communication Requirement.

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Fatin Abbas

Fatin Abbas is the author of Ghost Season: A Novel (W.W. Norton 2023; also forthcoming in the UK and Germany). Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival, The Warwick Review, and Friction, amongst other places, and her journalism and non-fiction have appeared in The Nation, Le Monde diplomatique, Zeit Online, and Africa Is a Country, among other venues.

She has been a Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholar (UK), a Writer-in-Residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature (Switzerland), a Maison Baldwin St. Paul de Vence Writer-in-Residence (France), an Austrian Federal Chancellery/KulturKontakt Artist-in-Residence (Austria), and has held fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany. She gained her BA in English from the University of Cambridge, her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, CUNY.

Jane Abbott

Jane Abbott came to MIT after eighteen years in industry, where she worked with teams and individuals to improve collaboration. Her focus is on how to produce communication that is effective and authentic; in particular, how listening in its many guises guides the ways in which we write, speak, meet, lead, influence, and collaborate. Professional development: Emotional Intelligence Consortium; Interaction Institute for Social Change; Harvard Program on Negotiation. B.A. in English from Swarthmore College; MA in Languages, Literature and Communication, Columbia University.

Alberto Angelini

Alberto Angelini (pka Albert Figurt) is an Italian videomaker, musician, and independent researcher. Since 2005 he has worked as a director and screenwriter both for TV and documentaries, while also presenting video-art installations and experimental theatre pièces all over Europe. He has taught within several study abroad programs in Italy, organizing “Expanded Video Editing” and “DIY Guerrilla Filmmaking” seminars for American exchange students. Since 2009 he has been part of the Video Vortex community (promoted by Amsterdam's INC), lecturing and publishing on online video and its aesthetic & sociological side æffects. In 2022, thanks to the very first Italy-USA Fulbright Grant for “Independent Researchers in the Art Field”, he spent six months as a visiting scholar at MIT (hosted by Nick Montfort's Trope Tank), focusing on the “Re-Design of Cinematic Experience in Screencast Narratives”.

Josh Barkan

Josh Barkan won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and was runner-up for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his writing has appeared in Esquire. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, NYU, Hollins University, and the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.

His books include Before Hiroshima: The Confession of Murayama Kazuo and Other Stories; Blind Speed: a novel; Wonder Travels: a memoir; and Mexico: stories (Hogarth/Penguin Random House). Mexico was selected as one of the five best story collections of 2017 by Library Journal, after receiving excellent reviews from The New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Huffington Post, LitHub, and a variety of others. Barkan lives in Boston with the writer Jennifer Haigh.

Ed Barrett

Edward Barrett (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies/Writing, where his research, teaching, and publications focus on poetry and digital media.

Poetry books: The Sinatra n (2016); Toward Blue Peninsula (2014); Down New Utrecht Avenue (2011); Bosston (2008); Kevin White (2007); Or Current Resident (2005); Rub Out —Three Verse Novels (2003); Sheepshead Bay (2001); Breezy Point (2000); Practical Lullabies for Joe (1999); Common Preludes (1994); The Leaves Are Something This Year (1992); Theory of Transportation (1990); and 7x3 (1987). Plays: Antigone (translated from the Greek; produced Off-Broadway, 1982). Opera libretto: Shaman (text translated from Navajo; premier, Manhattan Chamber Opera Company, NYC 1987). Digital Media books: Building Mobile Experiences (F. Bentley and E. Barrett, MIT Press, 2012); Contextual Media: Multimedia and Interpretation (MIT Press, 1995); Sociomedia (MIT Press, 1992); The Society of Text: Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Information (MIT Press, 1989); and Text, ConText, and HyperText: Writing with and for the Computer (MIT Press, 1988). Textbooks: The MIT Guide to Teaching Web Site Design (E. Barrett, D. Levinson, S. Lisanti, MIT Press, 2001) and The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing (L. Perelman, J. Paradis, and E. Barrett. McGraw-Hill, 1998).

Sarah Ruth Bates

Sarah Ruth Bates holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Middlebury College, a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Her essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Aeon, WIRED, Guernica, WBUR, and elsewhere.​

Caroline Beimford

Caroline Beimford is a lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program. She has a B.A. in English from Boston College, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas, and has worked as an editor, technical writer, and arts outreach coordinator. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, The Oxford American, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere, and have received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, New York State Summer Writer’s Institute, and the Arkansas Arts Council. She recently completed a Sturgis International Research Fellowship on the intersections of journalism, activism, and immigration in Madrid.

Amy Carleton

Amy Carleton (BA, Simmons College; MA, Ph.D. Northeastern University) teaches writing and communication in courses including Measurement and Instrumentation (2.671), Product Engineering Processes (2.009), and Science Writing for the Public (21W.035).

Research interests include the invisible labor of collaboration, digital communication and knowledge transfer, and visual rhetoric.

Her articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, New York Magazine, NPR, and The New York Times.

Mary Caulfield

Mary Caulfield is a Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies and Writing. Prior to teaching at MIT, she worked as a technical writer, creating end user documentation and doing business research.

Amy Cheung

Amy Cheung is a Lecturer in the Writing and Communication Center. Her research examines identity development and the relation of identity(ies) to the experience of education and civic inclusion. She has taught in courses and workshops on qualitative research methods, qualitative data analysis, and reflective professional practice. Previously, Amy served as a Co-chair and Editor of the Harvard Educational Review. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College, M.Ed in International Educational Development and Graduate Certificate in TESOL from Boston University, and Ed.D in Culture, Communities, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of the university, Amy is an advocate for Boston's Chinatown, having variously served as a non-profit professional, board member, and volunteer in the community.

Keith Clavin

Keith Clavin (Ph.D., Auburn University) is Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program. His teaching focuses on the rhetorical aspects of technical and professional communication as well as the cultural distinctions between discourse communities. Before coming to MIT he taught writing and literature at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Roger Williams University.

His primary research agendas correlate literary representations with economic thinking. He has written on the works of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and several nineteenth-century economists. He maintains secondary interests in narrative theory and contemporary aesthetics and has published on these topics in Textual Practice and Oxford Literary Review. His current project explores the cultural and financial stakes of translation within imperial contexts.

Dave Custer

Dave Custer has been teaching hands-on, interdisciplinary subjects for MITs Experimental Study Group and Writing Program for 30 years. His research is the testing and evaluation of equipment used in rock climbing and mountaineering.

Malcah Effron

Malcah Effron is a Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program. She holds degrees from Washington University in St Louis (A.B. English and Mathematics, 2004), the University of Chicago (M.A. Humanities, 2005), and Newcastle University in England (Ph.D. English literature, 2010). Previously, she has taught writing and textual analysis courses at the university level since 2006, including for the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University. Her research explores the role of narrative and rhetoric in shaping how people experience reality, especially as presented through popular genres. Her work appears in journals such as Narrative and Women and Language, as well as in several edited collections, including her own The Millennial Detective: Essays on Trends in Crime Fiction, Film, and Television, 1990-2010 (McFarland, 2011).

Chris Featherman

Chris Featherman is a Lecturer in the Writing and Communication Center. He has a Ph.D. in English Language and Rhetoric from the University of Washington in Seattle and has taught writing and communication since 2001. His teaching interests include genre, knowledge transfer, praxis, visual communication, and multilingual writing, and his research focuses on language, power, and ideology in the public sphere. Chris is the author of Discourses of Ideology and Identity: Social Media and the Iranian Election Protests (Routledge, 2015), and he has written for New Media & Society, The London School of Economics Review of Books, Discourse Studies, Journal of Language and Politics, and elsewhere. A Cambridge resident, he has served the city as a Participatory Budgeting delegate, Envision Cambridge working group member, and Food for Free volunteer.

Elizabeth Fox

Betsy works in MIT's Writing and Communication Center, in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program, and as a freelance editor. She teaches WGS.101, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and has been a Writing Advisor for Introduction to World Music and to Western Music, among others. She is Treasurer of PsyArt, a foundation that supports the psychological study of the arts and holds annual international conferences, and has been President and Secretary of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America. She publishes on feminism, psychoanalysis, Lawrence, and related topics. Her chapter on Edwardian Feminisms, Suffrage, and Anti-suffrage appears in D. H. Lawrence in Context, Ed. Andrew Harrington (Cambridge University Press). Ph.D. in English and American Literature, Boston University; M.Ed., Boston University; B.A. in English with pre-med, Wellesley College.

Erica Funkhouser

Erica Funkhouser's book-length poem, Post & Rail, was the recipient of the 2017 Idaho Prize. She has also published several books of poetry with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her poem on Annie Oakley, "Sure Shot," was adapted for the stage and produced by the Helicon Theatre Co. in LA. Another poem on Sacagawea led to her involvement with Ken Burns's PBS documentary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and other magazines. You will find one of her poems sand-blasted into the wall of the Davis Square subway station in Somerville, MA. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. Her essay, "One Salt Marsh, One Hawk, One Swimmer," appears in Harvard Review #49. In January of 2017, Musiqa, a new music collective in Houston, debuted "The White Album," by Mark Kilstofte, in which four poems have been set to music. One of them is Funkhouser's "Here," from PURSUIT. Her website is ericafunkhouser.com.

Chloe Garcia Roberts

Chloe Garcia Roberts is a poet, essayist, and translator from the Chinese and Spanish. She has published a book of poetry, The Reveal (Noemi Press), and her translations include Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, and a collected poems of Li Shangyin published by New York Review Books. She is the recipient of a NEA fellowship in translation for her translation of the novel Carne de Dios by Mexican author Homero Aridjis (University of Arizona Press, 2025). Her next book, Fire Eater: A Translator's Theology, will be published in the fall of 2024, and her essays, poems, and translations have been published in such journals as BOMB, A Public Space, and Yale Review. She lives in Boston and works as deputy editor of Harvard Review and as a lecturer of poetry at MIT.

Andrew Grant

Thanks to two wonderfully dedicated game-playing grandmothers, Andrew Grant started playing games before he could hold the cards. From there, he went on to explore board games, strategy games, role-playing games, and computer games. This exploration shows no signs of slowing down.

Andrew graduated from MIT in 1993 with Bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics (6 and 18, darnit) and a minor in Creative Writing. After six months in the real world, he discovered that someone would actually pay him to design and program computer games, so he returned to his gamer roots by joining Looking Glass Technologies, and then DreamWorks Interactive. Since then, Andrew has survived ten years as a programmer-for-hire and independent developer in projects ranging from underwater robotics to yet more games.

Jo-Ann Graziano

Jo-Ann Graziano teaches the writing course on student participation in MIT history (MIT: Inside, Live). Her background spans public policy, film, and creative writing. She directs a project at the Harvard Kennedy School which forged a knowledge network of government officials, industry, non-profit leaders, and academics. She serves as a Writing Advisor for Science, Technology and Society (STS), Education policy, and Humanities classes and teaches film in the Literature Section. Graziano is founding Executive Director of the Boston Women's Film Festival, in its fifth year in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Brattle Theater with the mission of championing the work of women artists. Her short fiction has appeared in Harvard Review and Glimmer Train, and she is working on a screenplay based on Katherine Dexter McCormick's (B.S. 1906) involvement with the birth control pill. She holds a Masters in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard.

Eric Grunwald

Eric Grunwald is director of and lecturer in MIT’s English Language Studies (ELS) program. An instructor in ELS since 2012, he draws on a wide breadth of scholastic and vocational experiences to help students across the disciplines improve their academic and professional communication skills. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, studied math, physics, computer science, and astronomy before switching to the humanities and graduating with a degree in history. He began teaching English in Berlin, Germany, during the German Reunification, and then worked for several years in technology transfer at Stanford before obtaining his master’s in creative writing at Boston University. (See ericgrunwald.com.) After serving as managing editor at the literary journal Agni, he returned to teaching in 2007 and now teaches a variety of communication courses for bilingual MIT undergraduates and graduate students. He presents regularly at conferences in the U.S. and abroad and has received Institute grants to design an undergraduate creative writing course just for bilingual students and to design a website—writingprocess.mit.edu—to instruct students in a formal writing process. Grunwald became ELS director in July 2022 and serves on the CMS/W Writing Council. He is also a member-at-large for TESOL’s Higher Education Interest Section.

Louise Harrison Lepera

Louise Harrison Lepera has taught writing at MIT since 2002. She currently teaches CI-HW classes on Contemporary Rhetoric and Autobiographical Writing in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program and also partners with other SHASS instructors as a CI-H Writing Advisor. Louise is also a co-editor of Angles, a collection of the best pieces from introductory writing courses at MIT. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and English from the University of Hull in the U.K. and an M.A. in English from Boston University, where she also completed Ph.D. coursework in Literature. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, autobiographical genres, the interactions of place and cartography with literary texts, and early twentieth-century British Literature. When she’s not working at MIT, Louise likes to spend time with her family, volunteer at her local youth theatre, take art classes, and knit.

Robert Irwin

Robert A. Irwin studied philosophy at Princeton University and Antioch College and earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Brandeis University. He has taught at Tufts, Brandeis, and Holy Cross and, for twenty years, at MIT's Writing and Communication Center. His book Building a Peace System was praised for its scope and clarity. "If it stimulates thought and action, the possibilities for human survival will be enhanced" (Noam Chomsky).

Nora Jackson

Nora Jackson teaches a CI-HW course in Writing Memoir, and co-taught a course in Design Writing at the Media Lab. She also serves as writing advisor in a variety of communication-intensive courses in the humanities, philosophy and linguistics, and sciences/engineering. Before joining MIT, Nora taught British Romanticism and Academic Writing at the University of Brussels, and also served as an editor and translator of academic publications. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Germanic Languages from the University of Brussels, with a double major in English and Dutch Literature and Linguistics. Her research interests include British Romantic literature, French Modernism, Dutch literature, aesthetics, and writing about design.

Mikael Jakobsson

Mikael Jakobsson conducts research at the intersection of game design and game culture. With a foundation in interaction design, he investigates how gaming activities fit into social and cultural practices, and how this knowledge can inform the design and development process. His research has partly been supported by research grants involving collaboration with the game industry. He is currently involved in creating a research strategy for the MIT Game Lab where he also is teaches classes in game studies and game design. He has nearly twenty years of experience in teaching, course development, research project management, establishing external funding and collaboration, as well as advising master’s and PhD students.

Elena Kallestinova

Elena Kallestinova is Director of the Writing and Communication Center at MIT and teaches Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication classes. She came to MIT after working for twelve years at Yale University, where she founded and expanded the Graduate Writing Center and served as Assistant Dean for Writing and Communication in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has trained, taught, and mentored diverse student populations for more than twenty years and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Graduate Communication. With a Ph.D. in Linguistics and an M.A. in TESOL from the University of Iowa and an M.A./B.A. in Computational Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University, Elena has significant experience working with international and multilingual students and scholars. She seeks to promote written and oral communication programming to the MIT academic community.

Elena Kalodner-Martin

Elena Kalodner-Martin is a lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program and a Ph.D. candidate in the Composition and Rhetoric program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her teaching and research is broadly focused on understanding and interrogating the values, norms, and discourses in technical and scientific communities. She has also previously worked as a research writer and content director at Untold Content, a technical writing agency.

Her work has recently been published in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Professional Communication, Proceedings of the 40th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication, the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, and elsewhere.

Andreas Karatsolis

Andreas Karatsolis joined MIT in the Fall of 2013 as the Associate Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, after spending five years in Qatar with Carnegie Mellon University. His disciplinary training includes a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication with an emphasis on technical/professional communication in science-related fields, which is at the core of his teaching and research efforts. In his new role at MIT and as a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, he is primarily interested in designing curricula and tools which can help engineers and scientists develop life-long competencies in communication. In the past seven years he has also been the Lead of co-Principal Investigator in projects related to the design, implementation and assessment of learning technologies, especially in the domains of language learning, health communication and public discourse. As a native of Greece (and a reader of Ancient Greek texts), he also enjoys conversations on Classical Rhetoric and its relationship to contemporary scientific communication.

A. C. Kemp

A. C. Kemp has been a lecturer in English Language Studies since 2007. She teaches classes to bilingual students in both written and oral communication, including freshman writing, public speaking, writing papers for publication, and teacher training for international teaching assistants (ITAs). She holds degrees in English Literature (BA, 1987) and Applied Linguistics (MA, 2005), both from the University of Massachusetts. Before joining MIT, she taught at the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) at Boston University. Prior to teaching, she worked in film and video production, graphic design and software training.

Kemp has written over 300 columns on slang and colloquial language for Slang City since 2002, and her humor book on obscure vocabulary, The Perfect Insult for Every Occasion: Lady Snark's Guide to Common Discourtesy, was published by Adams Media in March 2008. In 2020 and 2021, she wrote a monthly blog on ESL teaching strategies for the international organization Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). From 2016 to 2020, she wrote and produced The User-Friendly Classroom, a series of instructional videos for ITAs available on MIT’s OpenCourseWare.

Shariann Lewitt

Shariann Lewitt is the author of seventeen novels and about forty short stories. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Irene Maksymjuk

Irene Maksymjuk is a Lecturer in the Writing and Communication Center, English Language Studies, and the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program. She combines theoretical interests with a practical commitment to facilitating clear academic and professional communication, particularly across disciplinary, organizational, and cultural boundaries. She grew up bilingual and bicultural and has taught writing as well as English as an Additional Language for a variety of (usually specialized) purposes, trained teachers, and developed orientation and training programs in academic and professional settings. Irene has a Bachelor’s in History from Georgetown, a Master’s in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from UPenn (where she also completed all but thesis in the Annenberg Master’s program in Communication), and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Communication from Boston University. She is a faithful (though often chagrined) follower of current events, and a fan of movies on the big screen.

Michael Maune

Michael Maune (Ph.D., Purdue University) is a lecturer for the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP)​ program. His teaching focus is on developing writing pedagogy applications informed by rhetoric and applied linguistics. He was previously a post-doctoral research associate at Carnegie-Mellon University in Qatar, where he researched teaching interventions for writing in Information Systems and Organizational Behavior. His research interests include applied corpus linguistics for writing instruction, experimental and applied functional linguistics, and analysis of knowledge practices through Legitimation Code Theory.

Janis Melvold

Janis Melvold (Ph.D., Linguistics, MIT) is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. She teaches in the First Year Writing Program, as well as in communication-intensive courses in both the humanities and sciences/engineering. Prior to joining the writing and communications program at MIT, she served as a Lecturer in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, teaching courses on linguistics and reading, and served as Co-Principal Investigator on a long-term research project investigating language disorders in the Dept. of Neurology at Mass. General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her work has been published in Cortex, Brain and Language, and Aphasiology, as well as the Boston Globe. Her current research interests involve connections between linguistics and writing. Her teaching interests lie especially in the realm of science writing—in helping students discover the joys of writing through writing about the areas of science and engineering they’re most passionate about.

Rachel Molko

Rachel E. Molko is a lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program. She earned her Ph.D. in English in 2023 from Northeastern University, specializing in writing and rhetoric. Her research centers feminist rhetorics in popular culture with a focus on rhetorics of femininity. Since 2016, she has held teaching and administrative positions in writing programs at Northeastern University, Emmanuel College, and University of Central Florida. Leading up to her Ph.D., she earned a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media and a Master’s in Rhetoric and Composition. Outside of work, she enjoys watching Jeopardy! with her partner, practicing hot vinyasa, and spending time with her cats.

Her work is featured in Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition.

Kate Parsons

Kate Parsons is a Lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP). She has taught and tutored writing at many Boston-area universities, including five years with MIT’s Writing and Communication Center. With WRAP, she teaches in a range of CI-Ms in mechanical engineering and computer science and CI-Hs in political science and public policy. Her pedagogical interests include Rhetorical Genre Theory and second-language writing/reading. She holds an MA in literature from Tufts University and a MATESOL from Salem State University.

Thomas Pickering

Thomas Pickering is a Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program. Before joining MIT, he taught in the Computer Science department and in the Professional Writing and Technical Communication program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests include rhetorical code studies, intellectual property, and writing practices in computing professions. His dissertation studies cooperative, user-owned social media platforms as spaces where writers and developers are redefining what it means to write in response to the data-mining and content moderation policies of Big Tech. He serves as the Assistant Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

His most recent work appeared in the journal College English.

Leslie Roldan

Leslie Ann Roldan, Ph.D., is a Lecturer II in MIT's Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program, and co-author of Writing in Biology: A Brief Guide (Oxford University Press, 2016). She holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from MIT, where she trained with Tania Baker. ​Since 2005, she has been teaching communication-intensive courses in the MIT Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Her current scholarly research focuses on developing pedagogical tools to help students write literature reviews and understand the logic of their disciplines. Her nonacademic interests include cooking, learning jazz, and enjoying the outdoors.

Thalia Rubio

Thalia Rubio is Assistant Director of the Writing and Communication Center and a Lecturer II in Comparative Media Studies/Writing. Before coming to MIT, she worked as a freelance technical writer and taught technical writing at Northeastern University. She is also the author of an advanced ESL textbook, Slices of Life: Writing from North America (Regents/Prentice Hall).

Susan Ruff

Susan Ruff has been teaching technical communication at MIT since the spring of 2003. Most of her teaching has been in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, although she has also taught in Courses 2, 6, 7, and 20. Her research interests include mathematical communication pedagogy and the communication of software engineers in industry.

When not at MIT, she is often traveling to climb rock and ice.

Juergen Schoenstein

Juergen Schoenstein joined the WRAP team as a lecturer in 2011, after more than a quarter century working as a professional writer. He became an "accidental journalist" after earning his graduate degree in Geography at Technische Universitaet Munich in 1985; five years later, he found himself in New York City, where for the next two decades he covered current affairs, business and politics, as well as science and technology, for some of Germany's largest newspapers and magazines. Apart from teaching at MIT, he is also the editor-in-chief of Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau, a monthly science review magazine (now in its 75th year) that is published by Konradin Media Group in Germany.

Greg Schwanbeck

Greg Schwanbeck is a visiting lecturer for MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program, teaching a three-course sequence in educational theory and practice (11.129-131). Greg draws on his more than 15 years of experience as a high school Physics teacher to inform his work in teacher training.

In addition to his role with MIT, Greg works full-time at Westwood High School, where he teaches Physics and Astronomy to grades 11 and 12 and serves as an instructional technology coach tasked with helping colleagues capitalize on the district’s 1-to-1 Chromebook program.

Greg is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Educator, and a US Department of State Teachers for Global Classrooms fellow. Greg’s teaching methods and thoughts on educational technology have been featured nationally in publications such as The Huffington Post, EdSurge, and American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom by Katrina Fried.

Greg earned his master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education at Harvard University and earned his bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics at Union College.

Courtney Sender

Courtney Sender's essays have appeared in The New York Times' Modern Love, The Atlantic, and Slate, and her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, and many others. Her debut book, In Other Lifetimes All I've Lost Comes Back to Me (2023, WVU Press), was called "fierce" by Danielle Evans and "literary rock 'n' roll" by Aimee Bender. A Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, Courtney holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently at work on a novel.

Pamela Siska

Pamela Siska has been with MIT's Writing and Communication Center since 1993, and she was a contributor to the MIT-authored The Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing. For the past eight years she has taught graduate writing classes for MIT's Supply Chain Management program. Pamela holds an MA in English from Boston University, where she taught writing and literature courses before coming to MIT. She has published articles on medieval, Romantic, and Victorian literature as well a chapter on Mary Shelley in Material Women, 1750–1950: Consuming Desires and Collecting Practices (Ashgate, 2009). She is currently writing her dissertation on Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Susan Spilecki

Susan Spilecki teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University. She has an MFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and an MA in Theological Studies. Her work has been published in Potomac Review, Ekphrasis, Princetown Arts Review, Quarterly West and Frontiers. As a prolific writer, she is fascinated by helping people, as the writer David Huddle says, "achieve a circumstance of ongoing work, the serenity to carry out the daily writing and revising of what... [works] are given one to write."

Kristen Starkowski

Kristen Starkowski completed her Ph.D. in English at Princeton University in 2021. Before coming to MIT, she taught at the Harvard College Writing Program. Currently, she is working on a mixed-methods study about students’ experiences with writing in STEM. Her other research focuses on minor characters in the Victorian novel and proposes a new methodology of reading for the various networks of survival and subsistence in the nineteenth-century social and economic world. Kristen's work has appeared in Composition Forum, Discourse and Writing, Novel, Victorian Review, and other outlets. She is an active member of the Boston-area writing community and serves on the BRAWN Board of Governors.

Elizabeth Stevens

Elizabeth Hyde Stevens studied semiotics and discursive writing at Brown University and then studied under fiction writers Michael Cunningham, Francisco Goldman, Meera Nair, and Jenny Offill at the Brooklyn College MFA Program. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in McSweeney’s, Salon, Explosion-Proof, The Awl, The Millions, Rolling Stone, RogerEbert.com, Fast Company, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the author of Make Art Make Money, which profiles Muppets-creator, patent-holder, and artist-entrepreneur Jim Henson. The book was praised by Inc., The AV Club, Brain Pickings, WGBH, and The Boston Globe. Elizabeth’s past teaching includes writing seminars at Boston University, Brooklyn College, Gotham Writers Workshop, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Harvard Extension School. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Research at Boston University School of Medicine, investigating dementia in Parkinson's Disease. She is a big fan of video games and the science fiction of Jorge Luis Borges, and she is currently working on a novel about life extension set in the year 2080.

Jessie Stickgold-Sarah

Jessie Stickgold-Sarah is a Lecturer II in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. She enjoys systems and interdisciplinary investigation. She teaches communication in the departments of EECS, AeroAstro, and BE, as well as first-year composition. Her research examines how communication and disciplinary reasoning & knowledge are intertwined. Previously, she worked as a network engineer in Silicon Valley research labs, and her dissertation studied the use of genetic language in fiction. Outside of work, Jessie enjoys plants, TV, hiking with her perfect dog Jolene (pictured), and at least one board game.

Olivia Szabo

Olivia Szabo is a lecturer in the English Language Studies program. She enjoys sharing her passion for language learning through teaching many aspects of English as an international language. She has taught academic and professional English in various programs at several universities around the US, including the University of Washington in Seattle and Boston University. Olivia’s first language is Hungarian, and she has also studied several other languages in addition to English. She loves swimming, traveling, hiking and trying different cuisines. She received her first graduate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Veszprém (now Pannon) University in Hungary and her other MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze

Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze is a Lecturer II in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in English at Northeastern University. At MIT, she teaches writing and communication in a range of CI-M’s, from mechanical engineering, to computer science, to AeroAstro. Teaching and research interests include rhetoric and writing studies, collaboration, affect, new materialism, and nineteenth century culture. She also does improv comedy, and loves bringing the “yes, and” mindset into all of her classes.

Michael Trice

Michael Trice joined Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication as a lecturer in 2013. He has taught technical communication, composition, and usability at The University of North Texas and the University of Leeds. Prior to teaching, Michael spent 15 years in industry working with companies like Apple, Wizards of the Coast, and SXSW Interactive.

Kim Vaeth

Kim Vaeth teaches in WRAP CI Humanities courses and has taught poetry and fiction courses in Literature. She is the author of a book of poems, Her Yes (Zoland Books). Her commissioned poetic texts for orchestra include Elegies for mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, which premiered at Carnegie Hall with the Jacksonville Symphony, later recorded by the London Philharmonic for Sony Classical, and American Requiem, performed by the Pacific Symphony, later recorded by Reference Records.

She was one of the original "Explainers" at the San Francisco Exploratorium – Frank Oppenheimer's interactive science museum. While living in Stockholm, she wrote “Life After the Nobels” for a book chapter on the Nobel Prize (Tekknowledge). She has taught MIT marine biologists aboard research cruises in the North Atlantic and field investigators at the EPA.

Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh, a historical sociologist, teaches in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and in Women's and Gender Studies. Her teaching and research interests center on gender, social movements, and media culture in the U.S.

Jeanne Wildman

Jeanne Wildman teaches within WRAP, primarily as a writing advisor in humanities, arts, and social science courses. Prior to joining MIT in 2007, she worked in environmental protection and policy development. Outside interests include textile arts, folk and theater music, and habitat gardening.