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Current Section Instructors

**Winter 2021 instructor assignments will be posted the first week of December. Assignments will NOT be publicly available prior to December.**

Nikki Cox

B.A. History, UCSD; Single-subject credential (social sciences), San Diego State University
nlcox@ucsd.edu 

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 048
Office Hours: See Canvas

Sherry Boulter

M.A. History, San Diego State University
sboulter@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 044, 045, 046
Office Hours: See Canvas

"I have a BA and MA in history from SDSU. My research interests are modern US gender and cultural history. My MA thesis was a gender study that examined MTV in the 1980's and the foreshadowing of third wave feminism in the videos by female artists. I began working as a TA at UCSD in the Winter quarter of 2017. 2020 will be my third year at Warren. I love the material and working with students. I'm a life-long San Diego resident and am married with two adult children. I love Marvel movies, am a huge Tolkien geek and cat lady. My cat tends to show up to Zoom calls."

Gwen Fish

B.A. Spanish, San Diego State University; TEFL Certified
gfish@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 043
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Gwen has worked for Warren Writing since 2017. She also tutors for Dimensions of Culture at Marshall College. She’s a conservation biology grad student focusing on climate and environmental justice and a lover of all things interdisciplinary."

Mike Gainey

B.S. Television Radio; Warren Writing Tutor
mgainey@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 031, 032, 039
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Mike comes to us from the entertainment industry where he worked mostly in animation. His writing experience includes animation, comedic news, game shows, live panels, television commercials, sketch comedy, trading cards and comics. Now, Mike teaches as part of the Warren Writing Program and also serves as the program's writing tutor. Of all the Warren Writing instructors, he is easily in the Top 25."

Arianna Garvin

Anthropology PhD Candidate
agarvin@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 004, 037
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Arianna Garvin received her B.A. in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Virginia in 2017 and her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 2020. She is an archaeologist in the UCSD graduate program in Anthropology. Arianna uses paleoethnobotanical approaches in Peru to explore how plant remains provide insight into ancient culinary and agrarian practices and migration histories. Arianna also enjoys teaching and writing. She has been an instructional assistant in the Warren College Writing Program since 2019."

Brie Iatarola

PhD Communication, UCSD
biatarol@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 009, 010
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Brie Iatarola earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the Department of Communication at UC San Diego and a master’s in Latin American Studies from the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. She holds a bachelor’s in Journalism from Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. For several years she worked in both Arizona and San Diego’s media industries. Her areas of teaching and research involve environmental communication, journalism, citizen science, and coastal politics. She has been an instructor for the Warren College Writing Program since 2018 and currently lectures for the Department of Communication and Environmental Studies Program."

Jackson Jaro

Electrical and Computer Engineering M.S. Candidate
jjaro@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 007, 008
Office Hours: See Canvas

Eric Johnson

M.A. History, San Diego State University
e9johnso@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 019, 020, 021, 022
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Eric is a Navy submarine veteran. MA in History from San Diego State University. UCSD Thurgood Marshall alumnus. Animal lover, karaoke regular, and electric car enthusiast. Eric loves this work and firmly believes in the power of effective writing strategies."

Aundrey Jones

Ethnic Studies PhD Candidate
amj005@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 023, 024
Office Hours: See Canvas

Sam Kolodezh

PhD Drama and Theater, UCI
skolodezh@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 035, 036
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"Sam Kolodezh has been part of the Warren Writing Program for two years. He is committed to a student-oriented and politically and ethically engaged pedagogy. He received his Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre from UCI and UCSD. His research interests include early modern English literature and culture, time, Shakespeare, pop culture, adaptations, critical theory, race and gender studies, and multimedia. His individual and co-authored works have appeared in various books and journals and have been translated into Japanese and Bengali."

Darlene Martinez

Latin American Studies M.A. Candidate
dem009@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 001, 002, 003
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Hey, I'm Darlene! I am a 3rd year graduate student here at UCSD. You can always catch me in the mornings chugging down a cup of coffee and listening to my tunes. I have a German Shepard, who is a definite handful, but a blessing nonetheless. My current research focus is on gender violence in El Salvador, more specifically exploring domestic, gang, and institutional violence against women and the lack of adequate legal protections due to impunity enjoyed by many Salvadoran males. I think writing is a super powerful tool; there is always improvement to be made and I hope to help you all in that writing journey."

Kellie Miller

Literature PhD Candidate
knmiller@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 016, 017, 053
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Kellie has studied English Literature at Syracuse University and has earned her Master’s degree at San Diego State University. She’s been teaching literature and writing college courses for close to four years and has instructed classes at San Diego State University, Mt. San Jacinto College, Palomar College, and Southwestern College. Her current research interests include British literature, film, dystopian/utopian settings, and science fiction."

Iman Muniz

Sociology PhD Candidate
imuniz@ucsd.edu 

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 051, 052
Office Hours: See Canvas

Akshaya Raju

Computer Science & Engineering M.S. Candidate
a2raju@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 047
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"Who said Engineers can’t be good writers?!
I’m a Computer Science Graduate student who loves writing and teaching as much as I love coding and developing Software. I enjoy teaching at WCWP as much as I enjoy problem-solving using Algorithms. I live my life by the famous quote by Steve Jobs “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”"

Julianna Santillan-Goode

Anthropology PhD Candidate
jusantil@ucsd.edu 

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 041, 042
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Julianna Santillan Goode received her B.A. degrees in Biological Anthropology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016, with awards for Distinction in the Major and Research Promise from the Anthropology Department. As a UCSD Anthropology doctoral student, she received her M.A. in 2018 using biogeochemical techniques to investigate practices of diasporic identity amongst southern Peruvian Middle Horizon (500-1000 AD) Tiwanaku colonists. Her research has been supported by Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change’s Center for Bioarchaeology and UCSD’s Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies."

Jim Short

Theater & Dance PhD Candidate
vshort@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 015
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Jim is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Drama and proud to be entering his third year working for the Warren College Writing. His research interests include Early Modern performance, theatre for/with/by children, and theories of laughter and comedy."

Sarah Stembridge

Sociology PhD Candidate
sstembri@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 028, 029
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Sarah Stembridge is pursuing a PhD in sociology at UCSD. Her scholarly and research interests include identity, food, embodiment, critical gender studies, feminist theory, and media. Her dissertation project explores assisted reproductive technologies and discourses of biogenetic parentage."

Natalie Susi

M.A. English, San Diego State University
nsusi@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 030, 038
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"Natalie has more than 13 years of experience as a teacher, writer, and entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, she founded and grew Bare Organic Mixers beverage company for 8 years resulting in an acquisition in 2014. Currently, she teaches a writing course called "Climate Change Doubt" at Warren College."

Jasmine Tocki

M.A. History, San Diego State University
jtocki@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10B se 003, 004, 005, 006
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Hello! I'm Jasmine, a lifetime San Diegan with an MA in History from SDSU! I am an avid surfer and wrote my thesis on women in surf culture in the 1960s and 1970s. I love teaching in Warren's Writing Program, which I've been doing for 2 years. I have a passion for writing and doing history, and have experience  teaching for ERC's writing program as well. Some of my other interests include my two cats, consuming copious amounts of coffee, reading, watching leopard sharks, road trips/hiking, and painting!"

Cynthia Vazquez

Ethnic Studies PhD Candidate
c5vazque@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 012, 033
Office Hours: See Canvas

Marina Vlahaki

Literature PhD Candidate
mvlahaki@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 026, 027
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"Marina Vlahaki is a fifth year PhD candidate. She studies postcolonial literature and more specifically African literature with a focus on critical gender studies, transnational mobility, and spatial studies. She has been teaching at Warren Writing since her arrival to UCSD. Prior to that, she received her B.A. in English and Sociology along with her M.A. in English from Queens College, CUNY where she also worked as an adjunct lecturer."

Kelsey Wardlaw

Latin American Studies M.A. Candidate
kwardlaw@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 050, 054
Office Hours: See Canvas

"Kelsey Wardlaw is from Charlotte, NC. She is a 2020 graduate from Spelman College and is now studying for her MA in Latin American Studies. Her Research focus on race, gender, and class. She later plans on pursuing a PhD in Anthropology or Ethic Studies."

Teresa Zimmerman-Liu

Sociology PhD Candidate
tjzimmer@ucsd.edu

Fall 2020 sections: 10A se 040
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"Teresa Zimmerman-Liu holds a PhD in Sociology from UC San Diego. Her dissertation research focused on two Taiwanese Buddhist groups that promote green living as a faith practice. Teresa is committed to social justice and teaches classes at several universities that promote multicultural understanding, environmental justice, and social ethics. Teresa began her teaching career in 1982 as an English teacher in Taiwan. She speaks, reads, writes, and translates several languages, including Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Teresa has lived and studied abroad in Asia, Central America, and Europe. Her life goal is to make the world a better place."