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.

(Please use the MIT Directory for lecturers’ current offices and phone numbers.)

Jane Abbott
Lecturer II

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.
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Ed Barrett
Senior Lecturer

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).
Caroline Beimford

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.
Jared David Berezin
Lecturer II

Jared David Berezin Jared teaches in a range of communication-intensive subjects, including Communicating Science to the Public, Product Design, Environmental Engineering, Toy Design, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Science. Before joining MIT in 2013, Jared taught composition, business communication, and literature at Boston College, Newbury College, and Southern New Hampshire University. He earned a BA in English and creative writing from Colby College, and an MA in literature from Boston College. Jared's research interests include compassion pedagogy, team communication, active learning, and metaphorical explanations. Jared also serves as Head of House for Random Hall, an undergraduate dorm at MIT. Before joining the ranks of academia, Jared was a science writer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Amy Carleton

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.
Susan Carlisle

Susan Carlisle Susan Carlisle, who came to MIT in 2007, teaches CI-HW classes and is a writing advisor in WRAP. She has also taught expository and creative writing at Harvard, Tufts, and Boston University. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. Her poems are published in a range of magazines and journals.
Mary Caulfield

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 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 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 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
Lecturer II

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).
Zuhra Faizi

Zuhra Faizi Zuhra Faizi is a lecturer in the Writing and Communication Center. Her research examines community-based education in settings of conflict and displacement with a focus on Afghanistan. She is passionate about culturally-informed and sustainable educational opportunities for marginalized children. Prior to working at MIT, Zuhra was an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and served as an Editor of the Harvard Educational Review. Currently, she is an affiliate at the Refugee REACH Initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She holds a BA in Linguistics from University of Colorado Boulder, MA in International Political Economy from Colorado School of Mines, MA in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and EdD in Culture, Communities, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chris Featherman

Chris Featherman Chris Featherman is a Lecturer in the Writing and Communication Center and in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program. An applied linguist, he earned his Ph.D. in Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington. Before joining MIT, he taught at Northeastern and Suffolk Universities in Boston and abroad. Along with his teaching interests in genre, transfer, and assessment, his research interests include power, spatial theory, multimodality, and linguistic landscapes. In his book Discourses of Ideology and Identity: Social Media and the Iranian Election Protests (Routledge, 2015), he examines the circulation of political ideologies and global English practices in new and legacy media discourses. His current research focuses on ideology, verbal conflict, and delegitimization strategies in urbanization discourses.
Kurt Fendt
Senior Lecturer

Kurt Fendt Dr. Kurt Fendt teaches digital humanities and media studies subjects in CMS/W and a range of upper-level German Studies courses in Global Studies and Languages. He is also the Director of the Active Archives Initiative. Fendt has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Cologne, the Technical University of Aachen (both Germany), and the University of Klagenfurt, Austria; in 2001 he was Visiting Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute in Sankt Augustin, Germany.

Formerly the Executive Director of MIT’s HyperStudio for Digital Humanities, Fendt is co-Principal Investigator of the NEH-funded “Annotation Studio: Multimedia Annotation for Students,” the "US-Iran – Missed Opportunities" project, and a number of other digital humanities projects. He is co-Principal Investigator of the d'Arbeloff-funded "Metamedia" project, co-Director of "Berliner sehen", a collaborative hypermedia documentary for German Studies, and co-author of the French interactive narrative "A la rencontre de Philippe" (CD-ROM version). In 2005 he founded the MIT Short Film Festival which he directed until 2016.

Before coming to MIT in 1993, Fendt was Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland, where he established the Media Learning Center for the Humanities and earned his Ph.D. in modern German literature with a thesis on hypertext and text theory in 1993. He holds an M.A. from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.
Elizabeth Fox

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 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.
Tracy Geary

Tracy Geary Tracy Miller Geary is a writing advisor in WRAP and has also participated in scoring and commenting on MIT’s Freshman Essay Evaluation for twenty years. She is a freelance editor and writer, with stories in over thirty magazines and anthologies including Harvard Review, Good Housekeeping, and Puerto del Sol. She holds a Masters in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University.
Andrew Grant

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 MIT history and contemporary experience at the Institute, MIT: Inside, Live. She has an eclectic background (don't we all?) in public policy, film, and creative writing. She directs a research project at the Harvard Kennedy School that forged a knowledge network among government officials, industry and non-profit leaders, and academics. At MIT, she is the Writing Advisor for classes in political science and education policy, as well as Humanities courses. She also teaches film in the Literature Section.

Graziano is the founding Executive Director of the Boston Women's Film Festival. In its inaugural year, the BWFF aims to champion the under-represented work of women directors and artists. The 2018 Festival will premiere works with a focus on women's resilience from September 27-30 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Brattle Theater in Cambridge.

Her short fiction has appeared in various publications, including Harvard Review and Story Magazine. She holds a Masters in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. She is currently at work on The You-ie Project, a tech portfolio meant to bring attention to communication issues arising from interconnection.
Eric Grunwald
Lecturer II, Interim Director of the MIT English Language Studies program

Eric Grunwald Eric Grunwald is an instructor in and interim director of MIT’s English Language Studies (ELS) program. He relishes drawing on his wide breadth of scholastic and vocational experiences to help students across the disciplines improve their academic and professional communication skills, express their ideas clearly, access their creativity, and succeed at MIT and beyond.

As an undergraduate at Stanford University, he studied STEM subjects—math, physics, computer science, astronomy, and electronics—for two years, intending to become an electrical engineer or astrophysicist and also worked on an experiment for NASA’s Space Shuttle and co-coded a computer game.

After obtaining a degree in history, he lived and taught English in Berlin, Germany, during German Reunification. Returning to the U.S., he worked in university technology transfer at Stanford for several years while beginning to write creatively, eventually coming to Boston for his master’s in creative writing. He has since published short stories and translations and has now turned to writing poetry. He also served as managing editor at a literary magazine (AGNI) before turning full time to teaching. He taught at Roxbury Community College, Suffolk University, and Boston University before joining MIT in 2012.

Grunwald teaches a variety of communication courses for undergraduates and graduate students, including Creative Writing for Bilingual Students—the first for-credit, sheltered (ESOL students only) undergraduate creative writing course in the U.S. since 1986. He has received MIT grants to design a website—writingprocess.mit.edu—for instructing bilingual undergraduates in the use of a formal writing process and to design and propose the Imagining English course.
Louise Harrison Lepera

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 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
Lecturer II

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
Research Scientist

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
Director, Writing and Communication Center

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.
Andreas Karatsolis
Associate Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication
Research Scientist and Lecturer

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
Lecturer II

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.
Suzanne Lane
Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication

Suzanne Lane Suzanne Lane is Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric and Communication, and Director of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program. As an undergraduate at MIT, she studied Chemical Engineering, and after working as a research engineer for a couple of oil companies, she studied writing in graduate school, at the University of Colorado (Master's), and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PhD). Her dissertation research applied genre theory and discourse analysis to fugitive slave narratives and academic histories of slavery, and defined narrative forms of argumentation that enslaved Americans developed to counter the dominant justifications for slavery.
Before joining MIT, she taught at Harvard, where she was also a researcher on the Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing. In that research, she explored how students learn discipline-specific genres and forms of argumentation, and transfer them to new locations.
Suzanne also co-directs ArchiMedia, a research lab that investigates how digital media is shaping professional communication practices, and how digital tools can be used (and designed) to teach professional communication.
David Larson

Marilyn Levine

Marilyn Levine Marilyn Levine has worked at MIT's Writing & Communication Center for two decades, guiding undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, visiting scholars, staff and faculty in all stages of their written, visual and oral academic work. She has also delivered lectures and held workshops on thesis development, critical thinking, grant writing, job talks, online platforms, and visual presentations in a variety of departments and administrative offices.
Shariann Lewitt

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.
Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu Marjorie Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen novels. Her comic book work includes X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Liu received her BA at Lawrence University (2000) and her JD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003). A guest lecturer at Stonecoast and the Asian American Writers Workshop, she currently teaches popular fiction at the Voices of Our Nation workshop.
Irene Maksymjuk

Irene Maksymjuk Irene Maksymjuk combines theoretical interests in communication and culture with a practical commitment to international education and training. These interests and commitments are both personal and professional. She grew up bilingual and bi-cultural, is an avid reader, language learner and traveler, has taught English for a variety of (usually specialized) purposes, trained teachers, and developed orientation and training programs, mostly in academic settings. Irene is a faithful (though often chagrined) follower of current events, and a fan of movies on the big screen. She has a Bachelor’s in History, a Master’s in Applied Linguistics/TESOL and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Communication.
Michael Maune

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.
Laura McKee

Laura McKee Laura McKee is a Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. She has taught writing at several institutions, including Stanford, Emory, and the University of West Georgia, where she also co-directed the STEM-to-STEAM composition program. Her work has appeared (under L.S. McKee) in The Georgia Review, New England Review Digital, and Best New Poets 2016, among other journals, and she has recently held residencies at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) and Vermont Studio Center.
Janis Melvold
Lecturer II

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.
Micah Nathan

Micah Nathan Micah Nathan (micahnathan.com) is an American novelist and essayist. His fiction has been translated into five languages, and includes the bestselling novels Gods of Aberdeen (Simon & Schuster, 2005) and Losing Graceland (Random House, 2011), along with the collection Jack the Bastard and Other Stories (2012). He received his MFA from Boston University, where he won the 2010 Saul Bellow Prize. His essays have received an Associated Press Award, and his short stories have been finalists for the Tobias Wolff Award and the Innovative Fiction Award.

Micah’s nonfiction frequently appears in Vanity Fair. His short fiction has been featured in The Best American Mystery Stories, Glimmer Train, and the Gettysburg Review.
Kate Parsons

Kate Parsons Kate Parsons is a Lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. She has taught and tutored writing at many Boston-area universities (including five years with MIT’s Writing and Communication Center), most recently serving as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Merrimack College. Her pedagogical interests include Rhetorical Genre Theory, second-language writing and reading, and Universal Design for Learning. She holds an MA in literature from Tufts University and a MATESOL from Salem State University.
Laura Partain

Laura Partain Laura Partain is a lecturer in Civic and Global Media. She is a PhD candidate in Indiana University’s Media School, holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas-Austin, and graduated with a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison. Laura is also a fellow in the Muslim Women and the Media Institute through a Henry Luce Grant at UC Davis.

Laura is a media effects scholar whose work focuses on understanding the complex news and social media effects on marginalized communities’ access to socio-political, material, and medical resources. Her scholarship is located at the interstices of citizenship status and national belonging. Laura’s research uses experimental analyses to develop media interventions for prejudice reduction and focuses on the media effects of racial, religious, and ethnic identity representations. Laura has worked with communities in Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, and Iran, but also works with these communities who are forcibly displaced in diaspora (i.e. refugees, asylum seekers) as well as with Arab and Muslim Americans more broadly. Her training in critical studies, and her use of interview and survey methods, grounds
her work within these communities’ experiences while necessarily considering these communities in relation to geo-politics and other transnational solidarity movements.
Karen Pepper

Thomas Pickering

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
Lecturer II

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
Assistant Director, Writing and Communication Center; Lecturer II​

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
Lecturer II

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 Juergen Schoenstein joined the WRAP team as a lecturer in 2011, after more than a quarter century 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 currently a freelance writer for the German business magazine BILANZ, as well as the editor-in-chief of ScienceBlogs.de, a science-themed blog portal.
Greg Schwanbeck
Visiting Lecturer

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.
Pamela Siska

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 five 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.
Amanda Sobel

Amanda Sobel Amanda Sobel is a WCC Lecturer, communication specialist and writer. She writes the Writing and Communication Center's blog, Like It or Not, Writing Is. At the WCC, she helps members of the MIT community to understand their unique thinking and learning styles and shows them how they can work with these to write, speak and teach effectively. As a blogger and author of flash-nonfiction essays, Amanda enjoys working with WCC clients who are navigating strict word or time limits (like personal statements, one-minute videos, job talks). She holds degrees in Sanskrit and in Celtic Languages from Harvard University. She is interested both in how people form interpretations of the world around them and in how people choose to express their interpretations and relate their experiences. Also a visual artist and learner of many languages, she often thinks about translation—from one language to another language, from verbal communication to visual, musical and other forms of communication.
Susan Spilecki

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."
Elizabeth Stevens

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 Jessie Stickgold-Sarah, ’97, is a Lecturer II with Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. She holds a B.S. in EECS from MIT and a Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University, where she studied the use of genetic language in fiction. Previously, she worked as a network engineer in Silicon Valley research labs. She also taught courses in writing, literature and science writing at Brandeis. Her research focuses on the reasoning patterns and communication forms of computer systems, public policy, and synthetic biology.
Linda Sutliff

Linda Sutliff Linda L. Sutliff is a lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication. She holds a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College, an M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and an MBA from Boston College. Her background includes experience in industry, government and academia.
Olivia Szabo

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 Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Cynthia Taft

Cynthia Taft Cynthia Taft holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She has taught at Williams College and Harvard University in American Studies and in Expository Writing. She has been a lecturer at MIT since 1998, focusing in recent years on science writing and new media.
Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze
Lecturer II

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 has taught writing and communication in a range of classes in the humanities, social sciences, and engineering fields. In addition to her pedagogical interest in rhetoric and writing studies, her research interests include Wikipedia's collaborative culture, rhetoric of science, affect, and nineteenth century culture.
Michael Trice

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.
Kimberly Vaeth

Kimberly Vaeth Kim Vaeth teaches in Writing, Rhetoric and Professional Communication and has taught poetry and fiction courses in Literature. She is the author of a book of poems, Her Yes. Her commissioned poetic texts for voice and orchestra include Elegies for Frederica von Stade, which premiered at Carnegie Hall and was recorded by the London Philharmonic, and American Requiem, which was performed by the Pacific Symphony and recorded by Reference Records.

She has taught writing at Goddard, Simmons, Emerson, Bentley, Boston University, and Hofstra -- and for field investigators at the EPA.

She was one of the original "Explainers" at the San Francisco Exploratorium – Frank Oppenheimer's interactive science museum. While living in Stockholm, she wrote chapters for a book about Nobel Prize winners in science.

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Andrea Walsh
Lecturer II

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.
Christopher Weaver
Research Scientist and Lecturer

Christopher Weaver Chris Weaver teaches in Materials Science and Engineering and Comparative Media Studies/Writing. He received his S.M. from MIT and was the initial Daltry scholar at Wesleyan University, where he earned dual master's degrees in Japanese and Computer Science and a CAS Doctoral Degree in Japanese Ethnomusicology and Physics.

The former Director of Technology Forecasting for ABC and Chief Engineer to the Subcommittee on Communications to the US Congress, he founded Bethesda Softworks, a leading software company that is credited with the development of physics-based sports simulation and creating the original John Madden Football for Electronic Arts as well as the Elder Scrolls role-playing series. He has numerous patents in interactive media, security, broadband and telecommunications engineering.

A former member of the Architecture Machine Group and Fellow of the Research Program on Communications Policy, he is currently a Board Member of the Communications Technology Roadmap Group in the Microphotonics Center at MIT. In 2016, he was appointed a Distinguished Scholar in the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian.
Jeanne Wildman

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.
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