The Fellowships & Writing Center (FWC) helps GSAS students to heighten the impact of their research. At the FWC, students can meet with a fellowships specialist attuned to the landscape of internal and external awards. They can also work with specialists on their writing and presentational skills, whether in the context of composing a fellowship proposal, working on a dissertation chapter, preparing an article for publication, or refining a conference presentation.
Students can come to the FWC for individual consultations, peer workshops, and other programming, including the Writing Oasis, which connects you with small writing groups that meet weekly and are designed to provide community and accountability. The FWC will coordinate with GSAS financial aid officers and staff of the Office of Student Affairs and will continue to develop relationships with the Office of Career Services, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Academic Resource Center.
FWC Executive Director, Director, and Writing Specialists
Jeannette Miller is the executive director of the FWC. Miller received her PhD in French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in post-imperial Algerian migration to France. A former Fulbright grantee and NEH summer scholar, her work has been published in French Politics, Culture & Society. She has taught classes on French language and culture, history, and writing at Penn State, Goucher College, the Institute for American Universities in France, and Johns Hopkins University. For nearly a decade, she has been a fellowships advisor mentoring students as they produce their most compelling applications for a variety of nationally-competitive awards. She relishes the opportunity to work with Harvard students on their writing at all stages of their PhD training, and on their oral communication skills, believing that all students have the capacity to grow their self-expression skills with assiduous support.
Christopher Brown received his PhD from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, specializing in medieval and Renaissance Italian Studies. His research focuses on 14th-century poetry and time-consciousness, among other topics, and has been published by such leading journals as Renaissance Quarterly. Prior to joining the FWC, Brown taught Italian language and literature at Harvard, Holy Cross, and elsewhere, and, since his doctoral years, has been actively involved in promoting graduate student wellbeing—serving, for example, as the coordinating fellow of Dudley House (now the GSAS Student Center). In addition, Brown has worked as an English teacher and a journalist, and he believes that all forms of writing have the capacity to be beautiful.
Katie Callam received her PhD in music (historical musicology) from the Harvard University Department of Music with a secondary field in American studies. Her research focuses on curating and public music history in the United States during the early 20th century. Dedicated to collaborative work in the humanities, Callam has co-researched and co-written an article published in American Music, among other projects. She is a recipient of the Society for American Music’s Mark Tucker Prize and a Harvard Library Pforzheimer Fellowship. Callam views the writing process as an endlessly fascinating puzzle of arranging words and organizing ideas, and she enjoys helping other writers work toward prose that is clear and convincing.
Armin Fardis received his PhD from the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard, specializing in comparative social histories of anticolonialism. His current research examines enduring patterns of Black and Indigenous anticolonial rebellion in the American West. With over a decade of experience teaching at a wide range of higher education institutions, from Harvard University to UC Santa Cruz to the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Penitentiary, Fardis brings a deep passion for collective and cooperative learning to his role as a postdoctoral fellow at the Fellowships & Writing Center.
Sam Klug received his PhD from the Department of History at Harvard University in 2020, specializing in 20th century US and African American history. His research explores how global decolonization reshaped American political debate on issues of race and political economy. His research has been published in the Journal of the History of International Law and several edited volumes, and his public writing has appeared in the Boston Review, Dissent, and Public Books. Klug has taught courses in history, American studies and African American studies at Brandeis, George Mason, and George Washington and in the Core Curriculum at Columbia. He believes that through writing we can figure out not only what we want to say, but, more fundamentally, what we really think.
Anna White-Nockleby received her PhD in romance languages and literatures at Harvard University, specializing in Latin American literature and cultural studies. Her research focuses on performance and visual media during periods of financial and political crisis, with particular emphasis on contemporary theater in Argentina. Her articles, reviews and essays have been published in Revista Hispánica Moderna, Journal of Visual Culture, and Modern Drama, among other venues, and she has translated scholarly and literary works from Spanish to English. White-Nockleby is a passionate educator, having taught numerous courses in Spanish language, literature, and cultural studies at Harvard, and is delighted to join the FWC to advise graduate students on all aspects of their writing. She has also experienced firsthand how both mindfulness strategies and inclusive communities can help sustain the writing process, and is eager to foster these types of supports for writers.
Janet York received her PhD from the Department of English at Harvard University, specializing in institutions of world literature and in contemporary US and Asian American literature. She has taught at Harvard College and Tufts ExCollege and has led workshops in non-university settings, drawing on her experiences in literary studies, communications, and qualitative research. Her work has been published in The Journal of Transnational American Studies. She is particularly interested in helping graduate students to reflect on their writing process and to communicate across different forms and genres of writing.
Cynthia Verba advises students on the process of writing fellowship and book proposals. The former director of fellowships for GSAS, she is the author of Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years. Scholarly Pursuits contains a chapter on writing fellowship proposals and includes samples of winning proposals from a wide range of fields. Verba has extensive advising experience on major fellowship competitions, such as the National Science Foundation research fellowships, Fulbrights, the Mellon/ Social Science Research Council fellowships supporting field research, and many of the internal fellowships for GSAS students. She is an active musicologist with an interdisciplinary approach to the French musical Enlightenment, having published two books and many articles or book chapters with leading scholarly presses and journals.
The FWC offers fellowships advising, individual consultations to review pieces of writing, dedicated writing space, workshops, feedback on oral presentations, and other programming to support registered GSAS students at all stages of their careers. Support is offered to all GSAS students in any discipline who seek to improve their academic papers, dissertations, and presentations by fostering and refining their written and oral communication skills.
GSAS students are eligible to schedule one writing consultation per week, dependent upon availability. Appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To request that a writing specialist meet with you, please complete our FWC intake form, to which you’ll attach your piece of writing. Students are welcome to submit drafts that are at any stage of completeness. Very rough drafts are fine, as are more polished pieces or papers that students are preparing for publication. Appointments generally take 30 minutes for fellowship essays and one hour for other types of writing.
How can the FWC help you?
Individual consultations are frequently geared toward improving the overall argument, structure, and style of your papers, chapters, or fellowship essays. We do not provide line editing or English language proofreading. You can also make an appointment to prepare for oral presentations, or to work on specific writing and speaking skills. Letting your writing specialist know in advance what you would like to work on is key.
Workshops and other programming (talks, events, etc.) are announced on the website, Engage, our FWC newsletter, and other GSAS publications. We offer a range of workshops—from informational panels on fellowships and research to interactive sessions in which we work on targeted writing skills—and aim to facilitate your professional development as scholars. Past workshops have included such topics as managing research, navigating the peer review process, finding creative approaches to writing, and crafting conference papers.
Writing Groups are formed in the fall and spring semesters. For more information, please email email@example.com.