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Our Team

Faculty Leadership

Crystal Broch Colombini
Director of the Writing Program & Writing Center (LC / Interim at RH)
ccolombini@fordham.edu 
Lowenstein LL924B
212-636-4111

James Donathan Garner
Assistant Director of the Writing Program & Writing Center (RH/LC)
jgarner7@fordham.edu
Dealy 525W

Graduate Leadership 

David Smigen RothkopfDavid Smigen-Rothkopf is the 2021-2022 Rose Hill Writing Center Fellow. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department, where his research focuses on late-medieval English literature. David was previously a tutor at the Lincoln Center Writing Center and has taught courses in composition and rhetoric as well as a wide range of literatures, from medieval romance to contemporary world cinema. He is currently teaching a literature course on fairytales in addition to his work with the Rose Hill Writing Center.
 


Carolyn CargileCarolyn Cargile is the 2021–2022 Lincoln Center Writing Center Fellow at Fordham University. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department. Prior to entering Fordham, Carolyn earned her B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and her M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of York. Her scholarly interests range from Old English literature to historiographical theory, and her dissertation research focuses on intersections of literary forms and styles in twelfth-century English and Norman history writing. She has taught courses in composition, rhetoric, and medieval literature for both the English Department and the Lincoln Center Honors Program.
 


Sean SpillaneSean Spillane is the Writing Center Fellow and the sole tutor at the Westchester writing center for the 2021–2022 academic year. Sean is a fifth year Ph.D candidate in the English department at Fordham University. Before coming to Fordham, he completed a B.A. in English and History at Bridgewater State University and an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of York in the United Kingdom.

Sean’s research interests are in Old English and Old Norse literature, with a focus on medieval cultural contact in the form of translations and adaptations. He has tutored at the Rose Hill writing center and has taught multiple sections of both “Composition and Rhetoric II” and “Texts and Contexts” at Fordham. Sean is eager to help all students at Fordham’s Westchester campus with any part of the writing process, from brainstorming, to drafting a claim, to essay structure, and beyond. Moreover, Sean is here to help with all kinds of writing projects, from class essays to personal statements to resumes.


Tutoring Teams

Rose Hill Tutoring Team

Halstead ChristianChristian Halstead is a second-year PhD student in Fordham's Philosophy program. He previously received his BA in Philosophy and Economics from Pace University in downtown Manhattan. His research interests include metaphysics, theories of identity and difference, and critiques of political economy.
 


Elissa JohnstonElissa Johnston is a second-year PhD student in Fordham’s English Department. She received her BA in English from Wheaton College (IL). Her research interests include late medieval English devotional literature, feminine sanctity, and Marian devotion in medieval England. She also loves learning about German language and literature, texts in performance, and anything that has anything to do with medieval music. She loves to read, write, cook, and bake, and is eternally drinking either tea or coffee.
 


Diana MarinoDiana Marino is a first year PhD student in English. She was born and raised in the South Bronx. Diana earned her BA from Earlham College and she majored in Political Science. After Earlham, she was a teacher in a semester school in rural Vermont.
 


Gabriel Ortiz-HernandezGabriel Ortiz-Hernandez is a first year PhD student in English from Puerto Rico. They received their BA in Literature in English from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, where they were a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Their research interests include contemporary fiction, post-truth, and globalization. In their free time they edit and design hiPERREal, a Puerto Rican literary and arts magazine.
 


Uttara RangarajanUttara Rangarajan is a second-year PhD student in English specializing in postcolonial literature, in particular modern South Asian literature.  She holds an Mphil in English from Cambridge University and a BA in history from Delhi University. 
 


Francesca SmallFrancesca Small is a second-year English PhD student from Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA from Spelman College, where she worked as a TA for English composition for two years, as well as a tutor. Francesca’s research interests include Gothic and other speculative fictions and African American literature. She enjoys traveling, cooking, brunch, and happy hour. 
 


Miles SmithMiles Smith is a first-year PhD student in English. He holds a BA in English from Northern Michigan University and an MA in English from Western Michigan University. His research interests include translation between medieval vernaculars and representations of gender and sexuality in medieval romances. 


Lincoln Center Tutoring Team

Corinna CapeCorinna Cape is a second-year PhD student in English focusing on contemporary American literature and disability studies. She enjoys working with students to develop their own writerly intuition and loves a good reverse outline. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MS in teaching from Pace University. She previously taught high school in New York City’s District 75 and served as managing editor of Guernica.
 


Stafford DavisStafford Davis is a first-year PhD student in philosophy with an interest in aesthetics and the Philosophy of language. He enjoys working with diverse forms of composition and aspires to help students convey their thoughts into lucid writing.
 


Wing Tan LaiWing Tan Lai is a second-year PhD student in English focusing on medieval literature, with a special interest in Arthurian romance in both the French and the English traditions.  She is also an avid reader of Chaucer who completed her MA thesis about the poet and Mars at Oxford University. As a WC tutor, Wing enjoys tutoring students from all disciplines and has a passion for working with literary analysis. She aims to support students’ writing journeys throughout by giving them constructive feedback. In her free time, she is an amateur street photographer. She also loves to write silly poems and watch a lot of movies from the ‘20s to the ‘60s.
 


Hardik YadavHardik Yadav is a first-year PhD student in English. While he is interested in all things English-language, he is keener about its queer, postcolonial, and modernist bearings. Previously he tutored at Lehman College’s Academic Center for Excellence in the Bronx and contributed to the college’s literary magazine, Obscura, in his recurrent section “Cinémondays with Hardik.” Now after having lost most human interaction (since you-know-when), he looks forward to thinking together.


Westchester Center Tutoring Team

Sean SpillaneSean Spillane is the Writing Center Fellow and the sole tutor at the Westchester writing center for the 2021–2022 academic year. Sean is a fifth year Ph.D candidate in the English department at Fordham University. Before coming to Fordham, he completed a B.A. in English and History at Bridgewater State University and an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of York in the United Kingdom.

Sean’s research interests are in Old English and Old Norse literature, with a focus on medieval cultural contact in the form of translations and adaptations. He has tutored at the Rose Hill writing center and has taught multiple sections of both “Composition and Rhetoric II” and “Texts and Contexts” at Fordham. Sean is eager to help all students at Fordham’s Westchester campus with any part of the writing process, from brainstorming, to drafting a claim, to essay structure, and beyond. Moreover, Sean is here to help with all kinds of writing projects, from class essays to personal statements to resumes.

Westchester Instructions

Location
For the 2021 fall semester, the Westchester writing center will offer virtual and in-person synchronous sessions in which the tutor and tutee work together on a document in real time.

The Writing Center is physically located in Room 202, on the second floor (Clep test center).

Reserving a Session
To sign up for a session please email us at westchesterwritingcenter@gmail.com

Online sessions can occur via email, over the phone, via Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts - whichever is best for the tutee. Once you have sent an email requesting an appointment, a tutor will contact you to confirm your appointment and to provide additional instructions. You will need to email a copy of your essay prior to the session.

If you cannot attend your session, please email to cancel your appointment.

Please be on time. If you are not here at your appointed time, your session may be given to someone else or simply cancelled.