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
Program Coordinator: Arline Votruba
Administrative Team: Joshua Mendez
Anti-Discrimination Committee Chair: Anisha Ahuja
Anti-Discrimination Committee: Joshua Mendez, Virgil Clark, & Arline Votruba
Media Coordinator: Lauren Shaffer
Media Team: Gabrielle Fox & Joshua Mendez
Anisha Ahuja (she/her)
Anisha Ahuja is a PhD student in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies and 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.
Virgil Clark (he/him)
Virgil Clark is a PhD student in the School of Educational Studies and a Masters student in History. He has a Master’s Degree in Sociology, a Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Literature. His research centers on why college students choose to learn about race and ethnicity. He is currently working on publishing an article entitled “College Student Perceptions of the Value of Ethnic Studies.” In addition to working with CRW Virgil has also been an adjunct college instructor in Spanish and Sociology departments at colleges across Arizona.
Anne Cormia (she/her)
Anne Cormia is a 4th year doctoral student in Cognitive Psychology at CGU. She perviously earned her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of York and her BAs in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Mills College. Her research is primarily on memory and eyewitness testimony. Over Summer 2021, she completed a UX research internship with Facebook. Anne joined the Center for Writing & Rhetoric in January 2019.
Katrina Denman (she/her) (Senior Consultant)
Katrina Denman is a PhD candidate in History. She also received her MA in history and archival studies from CGU and has a professional background in archival work. Her main research interests focus on Victorian Britain and include the careers of women historians, the creation of history as a professional discipine, and the experiences of women of color. When not at the CWR, she is usually working on her dissertation and hanging out with her dogs Evie and Phineas.
Adrienne Domasin (she/her)
Adrienne is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Media Studies. She earned a BA in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California, an MA in Film Studies from Chapman University, and a MA in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Adrienne’s dissertation will explore transmedia storytelling, narrative structure, and genre strategies in the post-apocalyptic video game The Last of Us in relationship to HBO’s upcoming series based on the game. Adrienne enjoys collecting and curating collectibles related to her favorite television series and video games.
Suejeong (Sue) Kim (she/her)
Suejeong (Sue) Kim is a PhD student in the English department at CGU. Her research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Asian American literature, postcolonial theories, and race theories. Prior to coming to CGU, Sue received her BA and MA in English literature from Ewha Womans University [sic], South Korea, where she also worked as a writing consultant. Sue also works in the International Scholars Program at CGU.
Joshua Mendez (he/him)
Joshua is an interfield PhD student in Cultural Studies and Religion. His research interests include religion and the colonial encounter, philosophy and radical politics, and critical theories of contemporary culture.
Troy Mikanovich (he/him) (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.
Ryan Quandt (he/him)
Ryan Quandt is a PhD student in Political Science and Economics. Spring of 2019, he completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of South Florida after finishing a Masters in Philosophy there a few years before. In the now hazy past, he finished a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology at Liberty University. He enjoys reading novels of all types, sitting by a fire in the evening, watching a film by Terrence Malick or Wes Anderson, running, hiking, and playing Candy Land with his two lovely daughters.
Lauren Shaffer (she/her/they/them)
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 foreign and development aid, poverty and inequality, gender equality in developing countries, and environmental sustainability. Her hobbies include hanging out with her (many) pets, exploring the outdoors, and cooking new recipes.
Therasa (Terry) Topete (she/her)
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 (she/her/they/them)
Arline Votruba is in the quals phase of the Cultural Studies PhD program here at CGU. Arline’s research contributes to the medical humanities through ethnographic exploration of how culture impacts endometriosis patients’ healthcare experiences. Arline holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Keene State College and an MA in English: Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication from Iowa State University. Outside of academia, Arline enjoys sunshine, travel, and campfires.
School of Community & Global Health Writing Consultants
Allison Maladore (she/her)
Allison is a current Doctoral Student of Public Health at the School of Community and Global Health at CGU with a concentration in Leadership and Management. She is a former K-12 educator, principal, and non-profit executive director. She is a Connecticut native and received her Bachelor’s degree in Pathobiology from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University. Her research interests are merging critical public health issues into the education sector to better understand and meet mental health needs in underprivileged children and the socioecological perspectives of their environment such as teacher mental health and impact of racial disparities.