Kristen Allen lectured in Medieval Studies and History at the University of Toronto, Carlton University, and Sheridan College before coming to the New College Writing Centre. She holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation research focused on penitential despair and required her to obtain a research-level competency in four languages besides English, which helps her support students from diverse linguistic backgrounds. She was also a research administrator for OCAD University’s Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative, helping collect and curate research data on the undergraduate writing experience. Her latest research project examines the moralistic and poetic use of onomatopoeia in Dante Alighieri’s Commedia.
Jennette Boehmer teaches in the New College Writing Centre and is also a resource instructor with the English Language Learning (ELL) program, where she supports multi-lingual students in all aspects of reading, speaking, and writing in academic English. As an Egyptologist with an interest in cultural social history, Jennette has expertise in critically analyzing primary and secondary historical texts and formulating thoughtful responses to them. As well, her background as a management consultant and business writing coach equip her to assist students studying in business-related fields.
Ralph Callebert researches and teaches on labour, Africa, climate change, and global history. His book, On Durban’s Docks: Zulu workers, rural households, global labor (University of Rochester Press, 2017), is on dock labour, households, and the informal economy in 1950s Durban, South Africa. Ralph’s recent work engages the intersections of labour, citizenship, and climate change. He has a Ph.D. in history from Queen’s and received an M.A. from the Department of Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Jordana Greenblatt received her PhD in English from York University, where her dissertation won the 2010 Dissertation Prize. Currently teaching English at York while working in writing instruction both at New and St. Mike’s Colleges, Jordana has previously taught Women and Gender Studies at Queen’s and McMaster Universities. Her research focuses on sexuality and gender in contemporary literature and popular, visual, and legal cultures.
Margaret Herrick is a lecturer in the University of Toronto’s Department of English as well as a New College Writing Instructor. She teaches on the subject of postcolonial literature and theory. Margaret recently completed her PhD through the University of Toronto’s Department of English and Centre for South Asian Studies, and her dissertation concerns the roles played by widows and hijras (or third gender people) in 20th century Indian novels and plays. Her work has been published in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, University of Toronto Quarterly and Literature and Theology. She is currently at work on a book about grief in the postcolonial context.
Liz Newbery is the Director of the Writing Centre, where she has taught since 2006. Prior to coming to U of T, she taught outdoor and environmental education at McMaster University, York University, and Outward Bound. She writes in the fields of curriculum theory and cultural studies, and her published work primarily explores how gender, race, class, sexuality, and colonialism complicate learning. When not teaching, writing, or reading, Liz can usually be found mountain biking along the Niagara Escarpment.
Angela Robinson received her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education and her MA from OISE/UT. Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between mental health and education, using psychoanalytic theory to challenge normative conceptions of the mind in theories and practices of teaching and learning. She teaches in the areas of child and adolescent development and cultural studies, and also has a background in violence prevention education and critical social theory.
Roz Spafford has taught writing at the New College Writing Centre since 2010; she also works with Social Work students through the Health Sciences Writing Centre. Previously, she taught writing and chaired the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she still occasionally teaches creative writing. She has published a book of poetry, Requiem (Writers & Books, Rochester), along with short stories, pieces of creative non-fiction, book reviews, and columns. For more information, see www.rozspafford.org.
Sheila Stewart is the Coordinator of the Writing Room, our drop-in space. She facilitates Writing and Reading Spaces and co-coordinates the Caribbean, African, Equity and Solidarity Studies Writing Group. Sheila has taught in Equity and Solidarity Studies, Community Engaged Learning, and at the Women and Gender Studies Institute. Her PhD (OISE/UT) explores shame, grief, silence, and authority in writing. She is the author of poetry collections, The Shape of a Throat and A Hat to Stop a Train. Her work can be found online in LEARNing Landscape and Creative Approaches to Research. For more information, see sheilastewart.ca
Tess Takahashi teaches in the New College Writing Centre. She writes about embodied spectatorship and feeling at sites of experimental moving image art, and is currently working on a book that examines these issues in relation to data visualization. Her writing has appeared in scholarly journals like Animation, Cinema Journal, and Camera Obscura (where she is on the editorial collective), as well as in popular journals like Cinema Scope and the Brooklyn Rail. She loves to dance, bike, cook, watch movies, and read on the couch with her little black pug.
Jude Welburn received his PhD in English literature at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines the social and historical context for the emergence of early modern utopian literature as a genre. He has an article forthcoming on the representation of the New World in Francis Bacon’s major works, and is currently working on a research project examining the concept of the “commons” in early modern English political discourse.
Georgia Wilder completed her PhD on gender and rhetoric in the pamphlet wars of the 1640s. She has taught courses in English Literature, Rhetoric, and Writing, and holds a TESOL certificate from Woodsworth College. She frequently works with the ELL program, as well as in high-stakes English language assessments. Georgia is also a creative writer and community organizer for spoken word poetry. She was awarded the Margaret Proctor Teaching Award for excellence in writing instruction at U of T, and Quattro Books “Best New Poets in Canada” prize (2019).