The Fellowships & Writing Center (FWC) helps GSAS students heighten the impact of their research. We offer fellowships advising for internal and external awards, individual consultations to review pieces of writing, dedicated writing space, workshops on various aspects of writing, feedback on oral presentations, and other programming to all GSAS students in any discipline. We work with students at all stages of their careers who seek to improve their academic papers, dissertations, and presentations by fostering and refining their written and oral communication skills.
In the Spotlight
Know Before You Go: Conducting Summer Research
Thursday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. ET (Part I); Wednesday, May 18, 4:00 p.m. ET (Part II)
If you will be conducting intensive research this summer, then you may be interested in registering for one of two upcoming panels. At the first, Know Before You Go: Preparing for Summer Research, hosted by our colleagues at Harvard Library, you will review the best ways to prepare for future research travel, brainstorm workarounds you can use to make progress from home, and hear from colleagues' experiences visiting repositories around the world. Then, on May 18, Know Before You Go: Conducting Summer Research will feature a panel of experienced researchers who will share their tips for carrying out on-the-ground research in a number of methods relevant for the humanities and social sciences. You need not attend Part I to register for Part II.
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.
Alex Creighton received his PhD from the Department of English at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Specializing in eighteenth-century literature, he writes about the development of the idea that time is an expendable resource—something we keep and lose—by examining the arts of music and fiction. His research appears in multiple peer-reviewed and public-facing journals, including The Rambling, VENTI, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. A longtime instructor in higher education, he has taught courses in English, Creative Writing, WGS, and Expository Writing. Writing, he believes, is all about practice: trying new things, making mistakes, revising, trying again. With practice—as well as guidance and encouragement—student writers can exceed the boundaries of what they thought themselves capable of.
Louis Gerdelan received his PhD from the Department of History at Harvard University, specializing in early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. His research reveals the ways in which people on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries developed new means of understanding disasters. He has an article on this topic forthcoming in the Massachusetts Historical Review, and he has previously published on sectarian pamphlet literature and scientific travel writing. Gerdelan has taught a variety of history courses at both Harvard College and the University of Auckland (New Zealand). He views academic writing as an exercise involving a unique fusion of creative, analytical, and rhetorical skills, and he enjoys helping students use these abilities to communicate their work with clarity and eloquence.
Jordan Wilkerson received his PhD in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. From deploying low-flying airplanes to high-flying balloons, his graduate research centered on using airborne devices to directly observe our atmosphere’s changing chemical composition. His work has been published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. He also consistently participates in public discourse about science. He has given numerous public talks about environmental issues and writes for various news outlets such as Eos and Scientific American. Wilkerson is passionate about helping graduate students more clearly communicate their research and its impact on our world today.