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Graduate Writing Service tutors are experienced writers and teachers of writing from multiple disciplines -- with scholarly and professional backgrounds in the humanities and social and physical sciences. Some of us are also instructors of languages other than English.
We are are available weekdays and evenings to work with Cornell graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff to refine and develop strategies for drafting and revising writing projects and teaching materials.
PhD Student, Literatures in English
I am a PhD student in the Department of Literatures in English. I am interested in wide range of things, including postcolonial theory, theories of the state, trauma studies, literary theory, contemporary African fiction, and 20th century Arabic poetry. While I am being trained in literary studies, I have taken extensive coursework and/or published in the fields of religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and, therefore, have gained familiarity with their writing conventions. I have extensive experience in working with writers of various disciplines and stages as well as multilingual writers. English is my third language and a relatively recent one, so I am particularly sensitive to the needs of multilingual writers.
As a tutor, I love to work with writers of all disciplines and in all stages of a project. My strengths lie in argument structure, organization, and issues around language concision and clarity. I ask a lot of questions so my feedback can always be guided by the needs and the agenda set by the writers with whom I am working. Looking forward to working with you!
PhD Candidate, History & FWS Graduate Instructor
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History department. My doctoral project focuses on Fascist and Nazi spies before and during the Second World War. I love investigating spies’ stories, and I love when they come alive on the written page! I have taught a FWS focused on writing about spies, titled “A Life Under Cover: Spies in History, Fiction and Cinema.” I am also the current co-coordinator of a group called “Historians Are Writers!” (HAW!). I share the group’s belief that historians should also focus on their skills as writers and storytellers. I find telling meaningful stories and compelling arguments in an engaging way to be a rewarding experience, and I enjoy helping others to also discover that pleasure.
Being at a later stage in the doctoral program, I have experience with the full spectrum of texts, from seminar papers to journal articles, conference presentations, and fellowship applications, which graduate students are required to write during the course of their studies. As a tutor, I am eager to help with these projects at all stages. I have also been awarded a number of internationally competitive grants and fellowships to conduct my research abroad, so I am happy to assist clients with their applications. I understand that writing can be difficult, even daunting sometimes, so if you feel stuck, do not suffer alone—come discuss your ideas, and re-discover with me how exciting your project is!
PhD Candidate, Zamudio Lab, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
I am a third-year PhD Candidate studying in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My work seeks to quantify the mechanisms of local adaptation in thermal tolerance in salamanders. I study how amphibians adapted to past climate change to better understand the constraints on adaptive potential for the future and identify populations of concern for conservation.
PhD Student, German Studies
I am a PhD student in German studies, working on notions of rupture, continuity and return. I taught two introductory courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as an academic mentor to students in their last stages of their MA.
As a tutor, I am interested in working with students from all disciplines on organizing their writing, making sure their most important ideas and arguments receive the place they deserve. In any sort of project and in any stage of its composition, I pay close attention to the framework, flow and the tone of the text. I enjoy asking questions and exploring the text together with its writer in addition to discussing writing techniques and strategies.
Instructor, Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
I recently graduated from Cornell with my PhD in Medieval Studies, and I am currently working at the Knight Institute as instructor for the Writing Workshop. As a medievalist, my work requires an interdisciplinary approach. My research focuses on the intersection of early English law, literature, and rhetoric, asking questions about how various forms of identity (race, gender, class, sexuality, etc) are represented and explored within legal codes and charters. I work with a diverse range of theories, languages, and materials, and I’ve written and published work that crosses the borders of many fields in the humanities. Therefore, I am familiar with several disciplines’ writing conventions and what kinds of writing they may ask from graduate students.
As writer and writing teacher/tutor, I tend to focus on well-structured argumentation and analysis. I want to help my colleagues express their exciting ideas with precision, entering the most important conversations within their academic fields with their own unique voices. I’m looking forward to hearing about your projects!
Writers and teachers of writing can schedule 30- or 60-minute face-to-face meetings and online appointments (using a video and messaging platform). Tutors can also provide written feedback on drafts through our eTutoring system.
Tracy Hamler Carrick, PhD
- Writing Workshop Director
- Graduate Writing Service Director
- Senior Lecturer of Writing
Cornell Faculty Bio @ https://knight.as.cornell.edu/tracy-hamler-carrick