Who works at the Writing Center?

CHAYA BABU is a South Asian American writer, journalist, artist, and educator based in Brooklyn. Her work focuses on power and oppression, cities, the body, foolishness, individual and collective healing, and more, and has been featured in or at The Margins, BuzzFeed, VICE, Open City, the Porter Gulch Review, GO HOME!, and Project for Empty Space, amongst others. She teaches classes on personal narrative, poetry, and reporting with Community Word Project and the School of the New York Times while she works on her first book.

KARIN E. CHRISTIAENS is a PhD candidate in Graeco-Roman archaeology at Columbia University. Her research analyzes how architectural spaces both shaped and were shaped by societal change. Karin has held fellowships with Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning and taught Art Humanities in the Core. After consulting for the Columbia Writing Center, she served as an inaugural fellow at the GSAS Writing Studio, piloting workshops, groups, retreats, and developing resources in support of dissertation writers. Karin enjoys working with writers to accurately represent their ideas in diverse genres, from personal statements and grants to more analytical or theoretical projects.

MICHAEL DRUFFEL is a PhD candidate in English literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is an adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York, where he teaches composition and humanities classes, and has worked in the Graduate Center’s writing center as a writing consultant.

SARAH GUAYANTE received her MA in English Literature from Yale, where she studied eighteenth-century travel writing and the early novel. She has taught classes in Literature of the American South and the Victorian Novel. Since 2013 Sarah has worked at a range of writing centers throughout the New York metropolitan area.

ADAM PELLEGRINI directs the CSSW Writing Center. He developed his understanding of rhetoric and writing pedagogy from years teaching in the first-year classroom, writing centers and community workshops. He has a professional and scholarly interest in exploring the overlap between direct social work practice and student-centered teaching in writing centers. He regularly draws inspiration from CSSW students, colleagues and curriculum.