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Warren Writing Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Jeff Gagnon

    Dr. Jeff Gagnon

    Program Director
    EBU3B 1122, 858-534-1700

    Dr. Gagnon holds a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego and an M.Ed. from Harvard University. Most recently he was the Assistant Director of the Dimensions of Culture First-Year writing program at UC San Diego, where he taught interdisciplinary writing and research courses on topics such as justice, popular culture, and the histories of social movements in U.S. culture. In his teaching career he has taught nearly every grade from 7th to the college-level, and feels most at home in college classes focused on reading, writing and critical thinking. His research interests include first-year writing pedagogy, ethics in STEM education, public writing, civic-minded education and sports and social justice movements. Originally from Massachusetts, he is an avid follower of Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox.

  • Dr. Haleema Welji

    Dr. Haleema Welji

    Associate Director
    EBU3B 1110

    Dr. Haleema Welji earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC San Diego. Prior to returning to UCSD, she taught cultural and linguistic anthropology courses in the Duke Thompson Writing Program. She received the 2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing from Trinity College of Arts & Science at Duke University. Her current research focuses on social justice activism amongst young Muslim-Americans, for which she was invited into the Social Science Research Council’s Religion and the Public Sphere Summer Institute. Haleema Welji also conducts research on writing pedagogy related to themes of social justice including teaching about Islamophobia. Dr. Welji has a MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago.

  • Keith McCleary

    Keith McCleary

    EBU3B 1114, 858-534-1704

    Keith McCleary holds an M.F.A. in Writing from UC San Diego, and a B.F.A. in Film & Television from New York University. He has taught at UCSD since 2011 in Warren College, Sixth College, and the International Triton Transition Program. Keith's research deals with pedagogy, writing, and multimedia, and he is an author and/or contributing editor for a variety of comic books, graphic novels, journals, and anthologies. 

  • Mark Young

    Mark Young

    EBU3B 1112, 858-534-4351

    Mark Young earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside, with an emphasis in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and media. As a writer and researcher, his interests include the roles of music, nostalgia, and the fantastic in the processes of artistic creation and public remembering. As a teacher, he has worked at all levels of California’s higher education system and shares a particular interest in how mentorship drives academic innovation and the success of first-generation college students.

  • Niall Twohig

    Niall Twohig

    EBU3B 1107, 858-534-4352

    Niall Twohig has an M.A. in English from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego. He is a yoga instructor and published poet whose first book of poetry, Cosmic Dustbowl, is published through Charybdis Press. He writes and teaches to bring a lineage of systemic critique and ethical praxis to his students.

  • Hanna Tawater

    Hanna Tawater

    Program Coordinator
    EBU3B 1108, 858-534-3068

    Hanna Tawater is a San Diego native who received her MFA in Writing from UCSD and her BA in English from SDSU. 

    Hanna is responsible for the management and administration of the Warren Writing Program, as well as the three Warren College Interdisciplinary Minors (Law & Society, Health Care - Social Issues, and South Asian Studies). General questions or concerns about the Writing Program - including class information, instructor information, enrollment, employment opportunities, technical requirements, and student concerns/issues/needs - should be directed to her. She is the OSD liaison for all WCWP and LAWS courses. 

    Program Office Hours
    Monday & Tuesday: In office
    Wednesday - Friday: Remote