Andrea Scott, Faculty Director
Andrea Scott is assistant professor of academic writing. Before coming to Pitzer in Fall 2013, she taught in the Princeton Writing Program for five years, where she also served as associate director of the first-year writing seminar program. She teaches writing–and has dedicated her career to Writing Centers–because she’s committed to helping students use their writing to enter and transform consequential conversations. She’s fascinated by the often invisible codes governing academic discourse, the possibilities for creativity questioning within different fields, and the stubborn contingency of every writing task. In her scholarship she tackles two admittedly big questions: how is writing shaped by cultural, institutional, and social contexts? And how might we use the answers to this question to teach or tutor writing in new ways? She hails from San Diego, considers Berlin her second home, and has lived and studied in many parts of the world, including Oakland, Chicago, Munich, Florence, and New York. She loves hiking, experimental poetry, and unusual perfumes (one of her favorites smells like books).
Jenny Thomas, Coordinator
Jenny Thomas has been working in Writing Center administration since 2008 and brings to her role as Coordinator of Pitzer’s Writing Center over a decade of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students to develop academic writing, reading and research skills. With a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Jenny is passionate helping students deepen their communicative competence, ranging from small details to macro-level sociolinguistic implications of language use. Her research interests include ways in which the linguistic norms of dominant speech and writing communities can marginalize or stigmatize members of less powerful social groups. She has lived in four US states, Central America, and Eastern Europe, is a crochet addict, and enjoys life as an adoptive and biological mom with an active, multicultural family.
Divya Bambawale, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Divya is a senior double-majoring in English and French. After teaching in India over the past summer, she is also interested in incorporating education into her major. She is passionate about environmental issues and is a founding member of the environmental club A Cleaner Tomorrow on campus which educates schools in the Claremont area on the environment. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading and traveling. She has lived in four countries: the U.A.E, Thailand, England and India. Divya is also looking forward to studying abroad in Paris this Spring.
Liam Brooks, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Liam is a junior majoring in Media Studies with interests in journalism, art, computer science, and linguistics. As a fan of all things emojified and autocorrected, Liam is especially interested in how writing — from academic essays to Snapchat captions — functions and thrives in an increasingly digital society. He works as a photo editor for The Student Life newspaper, serves on Pitzer’s public art committee, and really likes bicycles.
Chris Eskilson, Fellow
Christopher is a junior from Los Angeles, majoring in English and minoring in anthropology. He is a managing editor for The Student Life newspaper and worked as an editorial intern for Red Hen Press this last summer. Christopher is passionate about inspiring youth to express themselves with writing and exploring the role of written expression in advancing social change. His other interests include coffee, exploring abandoned zoos, playing bass guitar, and David Lynch films.
Maddy Gould, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Maddy Gould is a sophomore from Seattle, WA studying sociology and organizational studies. Maddy has been extremely lucky in her capacity to travel abroad and hopes to continue to foster her love of exploring and understanding other cultures throughout her educational trajectory as well as her career. Additionally, she is an avid downhill skier, loves hiking, cooking, dancing, and yoga and is an extremely subpar but enthusiastic tennis player. Maddy’s favorite food is popcorn and one of her favorite pastimes is spending time with her cat, Dobby.
Kat Harhai, Fellow
Kat Harhai is a Junior at Pitzer College, double majoring in Environmental Analysis and Gender and Feminist Studies. Outside of class, Kat loves to read, play music, and do anything outdoors.
Maddie Honingford, Fellow
Maddie is a senior studying Economics, Public Policy Analysis and Arabic. Like any true Oregonian, she enjoys a good romp in the great outdoors and can be found exploring local national parks in her free time. She is also an avid proponent of long naps, witty banter, and Early Jazz Pandora Radio Station. Ask about her sweet minivan and she will immediately fall in love with you.
Lillian Horin, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Lillian is Biology major from Los Angeles. She is a first-generation college student, and also works as the 7C SACNAS Vice President and a Cell Biology Lab TA. During her time at Pitzer, Lillian developed a strong passion for scientific communication, but also desires to foster writing as an means of self-expression accessible to anyone, regardless of background. She believes in working with peers to help them realize their own goals for their writing. While not in the Writing Center, you can find Lillian drawing, watching anime, and learning more chemistry.
Zoe Hunt, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Zoe is a sophomore and is considering a major in sociology, legal studies or public policy with a minor in Spanish. Zoe plays basketball for Pomona Pitzer (go Hens!) and loves attending sporting events! She is from NorCal and enjoys going on motorcycle rides along the coast. Zoe is bilingual in Spanish after spending a semester in Argentina. In her free time, Zoe can be found at the pool, on the court or anywhere that there’s boba!
Jordan Jenkins, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Jordan is a senior majoring in Political Studies with a Spanish minor. Education is her passion, but she loves anything related to cultural studies, especially if it’s from the ‘60s or ‘80s. She enjoys working with any writing projects, though her favorites are FYS papers and fellowships. In the rare moments when she’s not in the Writing Center, you’re likely to find her running with the cross country team, sipping tea at the Motley or studying in the Marquis.
Patrick Jimenez, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Patrick is a Philosophy major, with a long history of tutoring college students in many different disciplines. He endeavors to enter academia as a university professor. In addition to philosophy, Patrick enjoys discussing politics, history, psychology, and animal rights. As a non-traditional student who has learned how to be successful with a learning disability–dyslexia–Patrick is also extremely focused on how writing instruction can be as inclusive as possible, with an emphasis on the needs and goals of individual students.
Aubrey Lancaster, Fellow
Aubrey is a second-year Religious Studies major who explores the philosophical and ethical subfields of Islam, Jainism, and Buddhism. They have diverse experiences in activism and poverty-alleviation efforts, influencing their eagerness to create and secure safe spaces on campus and in their communities. Utilizing analytical research methods, Aubrey brings an unconventional approach to RS and intends to teach at a university. If not learning about other communities in an unheard of location, Aubrey is probably devoted to finishing an innovative work, fooling nonvegans’ taste buds, exploring the esoteric, or trying to, through any means, promote understanding in the world..
Doug Lewis, Fellow
Doug Lewis is a junior majoring in Public Policy Analysis / Sociology with a focus on urban studies. After spending his fall 2014 semester in Nepal, Doug developed an affinity for urban transportation and navigating public transit. He has experience writing across a broad range of disciplines and is particularly interested in history, American literature, and the social sciences. Doug is a founding member of Claremont’s Designing Urban Spaces club, an avid ping-pong enthusiast, and lover of all things Tintin-related.
Riley Mang, Fellow
Riley Mang is a Pitzer Senior, pursuing a combined major in Media Studies and English & World Lit and a minor in Anthropology. She studied abroad in Cameroon and France during her junior year and is excited to be back at Pitzer working with her fellows writers. When she is not writing or studying forms of writing, she is reading E.E. Cummings or singing Patti Smith to her scoby.
Kamyab Mashian, Fellow
Kamyab is a sophomore from Santa Cruz, California. He is planning on majoring in Political Studies, but he also hopes to study philosophy. He is an active member of WES Hall Council, and is currently serving as the Sophomore Representative on Pitzer Student Senate. He has experience writing within the social sciences and humanities, particularly philosophy. When he is not at the Writing Center, Kamyab enjoys swimming, video games, and writing in the third person. He also happens to be extremely allergic to rabbits.
Carly Medina, Fellow
Carly is a sophomore from Miami, Florida. She is studying math, public policy, and computer science. She hopes that her unparalleled enthusiasm for horror movies, ice cream, and Harambe will manifest into assisting with a smorgasbord of written works throughout her time as a fellow.
Sarah Nelson, Fellow
Sarah AKA Nel, is a senior studying human biology and cross-cultural health. She is most experienced with writing in the social sciences and sciences, but loves working across all disciplines. When she’s not in the Writing Center you might find her attempting to play the banjo, exploring the San Gabriel Mountains, or listening to the Hamilton soundtrack.
Gabby Ornelas, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Adela Pfaff, Fellow and Fellowship Specialist
Adela is a Psychology and English major who can never read enough books or meet enough dogs. They aspire to run their own lab someday, but their secret dream is to be a beloved college professor with a chili pepper on Rate My Professor, so they’re obviously very excited to work in the writing center. Adela is interested in creative writing as well as out-of-the-box writing techniques and will almost definitely encourage you to use a pun in your paper! Their writing role models are Carrie Bradshaw and J.D. Salinger.
Ritika Rao, Fellow
Ritika is a senior majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. She is from Bangalore, India and is passionate about dogs and the game of Chess. She writes for the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy and is a founding member of the Claremont Advisory, a consortium-wide mentoring club. Ritika spends her free time surfing Reddit and memorizing the lyrics of Top-40 hits.
Sophia Rizzolo, Fellow
Sophia is currently a sophomore studying History and International/Intercultural Studies. She is interested in expanding the dialogue around African history and how students write about it here at Pitzer. She is found of spending time outdoors and traveling.
Emma Saso, Fellow
Emma is a sophomore from Santa Cruz, California, majoring in Biology. She has a passion for marine science that came to light after her internship in Thailand studying the health of coral reef ecosystems. She enjoys writing creatively as well as academically, and is excited about working with students from all walks of life. Traveling and meeting new people are some of her favorite things to do, and in her free time you’ll likely find her outdoors hiking, climbing, playing soccer and beach volleyball, and swimming in the ocean…
Hunter Sidel, Fellow
Hunter is a Sophomore and a likely History major from Bellevue, Washington. He is passionate about teaching and educational reform, and hopes to teach theatre and the humanities at a high school level. This fall, Hunter led an Orientation Adventure (go STAGE!!!) and hopes to make the writing center accessible to all first-years. He firmly believes that excellent pedagogy can inspire students of all backgrounds. When not at the writing center, he is likely rehearsing for the next play or obsessively “pinning” new tattoo ideas.
Finn Williams, Fellow
Finn Williams is senior from Chicago and is majoring in English and World Literature with a focus on Creative Writing and minoring in Spanish. They are passionate about social justice and on campus, they are known as the president of Pitzer’s Rainbow People Collaborative. They have experience writing in a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on the humanities. When they’re not busy, Finn likes to play guitar, listen to music, write, cook, and watch films.
Moonlight Zhu, Fellow
Moonlight is an international student from Beijing, China. She is a senior majoring in International Relations with a Media Studies minor and a love of Spanish. Moonlight enjoys traveling and meeting new people. She has dug in dirt in Israel and uncovered ancient pieces of pottery, bone, or even rare treasure from thousands of years ago; she has missed her cruise ship at a European island on the Caribbean Sea and managed to get back to the US; she has taught her second language in her third language country while studying abroad in Seville, Spain… At the Writing Center, Moonlight is looking forward to work with students at any stage of writing and sharing her own writing experiences, especially with those who have English as an additional language.
Tashi Berger, Fellow (returning in Spring 2017)
Tashi is a senior from Brooklyn, New York. She plans on majoring in Political Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She loves traveling, swimming, and listening to music. When she’s not on campus, Tashi likes to go hiking around Southern California.
Elle Neal, Fellow (returning in Spring 2017)
Elle is a junior majoring in Spanish and Human Biology. After volunteering in the Lower Ninth Ward post Hurricane Katrina, she developed a strong passion for health equity and social justice. On campus, she is actively involved with the Pitzer Feminist Coalition as well as the Shakedown Cafe. She has writing experience in Biology, Politics, and Sociology and is excited to engage with students from diverse backgrounds. Most of her free time is spent running, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors, and caring for her six-month old cactus named Franklin.
Alison Rollman, Fellow (returning in Spring 2017)
Alison Rollman is a junior at Pitzer College whose academic interests lie in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Writing, and Holistic Health. She loves art, dance, poetry, and nature, and spends her time working at the Grove House, practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, and marveling at all of the beautiful succulents around campus.
Lena Tran, Fellow (returning in Spring 2017)
Lena is a junior studying cognitive science and media studies. She is interested in the application of different writing pedagogies in academia and hopes to make academic writing more accessible to students at Pitzer. She’s fond of her three dogs, Sufjan Stevens, and Finnish pastries.