Our administrative staff members train Writing Consultants, teach courses, develop curriculum, research and publish, initiate new programs, answer questions about Center policies and practice, and maintain the day-to-day operations of the Center.
Director: Dr. Marcus Weakley
Administrative Assistant: Arline Votruba
Media Specialist: Lauren Shaffer
Anisha Ahuja is a PhD student in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies and just completed her Master’s in the Cultural Studies program at CGU. She received a BA in Political Science and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interest interests include feminist and queer theory, critical theory, and subaltern and postcolonial studies.
Wendy Anguiano (she/her/hers) is a Master’s student in Applied Women’s Studies and Community-Engaged Education and Social Change. She has a Bachelors in English and Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Philosophy from California State University, Fullerton. She has worked at writing centers and as a tutor for over four years. She is interested in the social construction of biological sex and how schools and colleges can better serve and support LGBTQ+ students. She also enjoys reading novels and watching The Good Place.
Anne Cormia is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at CGU. Before that, she earned her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of York and her BA in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Mills College. Her academic interests include cognitive psychology with a focus on memory and eyewitness testimony. Anne joined the Center for Writing & Rhetoric in January 2019.
Jessica Delgado is an Interfield M.A. student in English and Cultural Studies. She holds two B.A.’s in English and Chicanx Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Her main area of focus are the effects of the Civil War in El Salvador on indigenous, womxn and children demographics and Romantic poetry. She has worked in writing centers for 10 years and is the incoming President for the International Writing Center Association- Graduate Division for CGU. She looks forward to helping you at any level of your writing!
Katrina Denman is a PhD candidate in modern European history. She received her MA in history and archival studies from CGU and has a background in special collections. Her main research area is nineteenth-century England, with a focus on women’s history, historiography, and the professionalization of academic disciplines. Some of her favorite things include dogs, hockey, and miniature books, any of which she is willing to discuss at length.
Lauren is a doctoral student in literature at CGU, where she also completed her MA in English. Her primary research areas are nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. She has worked at the Center for Writing & Rhetoric since 2013, and she also teaches in the Writing Program at the University of La Verne. When she isn’t reading for her dissertation, she is probably painting portraits of her miniature schnauzer.
Suejeong Kim is a PhD student in the English department at CGU. Her research interests include 20th- and 21st-century postcolonial fiction, critical theories, and trauma studies. Prior to coming to CGU, Suejeong received her BA and MA in English literature from Ewha Womans University [sic], South Korea.
Rida is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU. She received her MA from California Baptist University (CBU) where she also taught English as an adjunct instructor to first-year undergraduate students. Her research interests include women’s writings, the portrayal of women in American, African-American and South Asian literature.
Troy Mikanovich (Senior Consultant)
Troy Mikanovich is a doctoral student pursuing an interfield degree in religion and American politics at Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include secularization, the religious opposition to state ideology, and the responsibilities of religious studies as a discipline. Before coming to CGU, he received a BA in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and an MA in religion and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union.
Ester Navarro is a PhD student in the Master-PhD joint program on Cognitive Psychology at CGU. She received her B.A. from the University of Granada, Spain, where she majored in Linguistics and Translation. She is a long-term international student with experience living in London, Berlin, and now in Claremont. She loves studying and learning languages (she is currently fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, and German),which is the reason that she joined the Cognitive Psychology program at CGU. Her research interests are mainly individual differences on bilingualism, perspective-taking, and communication, and her current project is examining the cognitive mechanisms underlying the reasons why people make communication errors.
Lauren Shaffer is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of International Studies at CGU. She holds a B.A. in Government and Religion from Smith College. Her main research interests include the impact of development aid on poverty, gender equality in developing countries, and financing technological advances in developing countries. Her hobbies include: hanging out with her (many) pets, exploring the outdoors, and cooking new recipes.
Therasa Topete is a doctoral student in the Department of Religion at CGU in the Critical Comparative Scriptures program with a Coptic track. Her primary research interests include early Christianity and Islam, focusing on translation and analysis of Coptic and Arab texts from late antiquity. She joined the CGU Center for Writing and Rhetoric in 2018.
Arline Votruba is a PhD student in Cultural Studies. Her research draws from questions about the relationship between culture and medicine. Focusing on work within the medical humanities, she explores how culture impacts patient healthcare outcomes in reproductive health contexts. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Arline has traveled in pursuit of her academic goals. She earned an MA in English: Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication from Iowa State University. Outside of the academic context, Arline enjoys exploring the great outdoors and spending time by a campfire with her dog, Ozzy.