About the Writing Fellows

The SPS Writing Fellows are CUNY doctoral students trained in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy. They will not edit or correct your work for you, but will make suggestions for improvements to structure and content and help you identify and correct errors.  The fellows can provide assistance at any stage of writing from brainstorming and planning to proofreading and editing, and can assist writers at every stage of ability.

This page explains our schedule, how to make an appointment or request written feedback, and introduces the fellows who can work with you this semester.

How to get help

PLEASE NOTE: For the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester, the writing fellows will have online video chat and written feedback (essay drop off) appointments ONLY.

You can Please click on “Tutoring” in your CUNY SPS Blackboard course site; you will find information there on how to use our online scheduler to make an appointment for a live online video conference or for asynchronous, written feedback.  If this is your first time using our scheduling system, please download this PDF for instructions. 


The Fall 2020 Writing Fellows are:

Ibtisam Ammouri (not pictured) is a PhD student in Linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests split into three: the Syntax-Semantics interface (the connection between the structure of a sentence and its meaning), reading acquisition and literacy, and machine translation between dialects. She has taught Phonology, Pragmatics, and Internet Linguistics at Lehman College, as well as Introduction to Linguistics at LaGuardia Community College. In addition, Ibtisam has extensive experience in teaching Arabic as a Second Language. She established her own school for Spoken Arabic, and has recently taught Standard Arabic at the MESAAS department at Columbia University. Aside from English and Arabic, Ibtisam is also fluent in Hebrew.


Maayan Brodsky is a PhD candidate at the History program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation focuses on aspects of secrecy and intelligence throughout Richard Nixon’s career. He has an MA in History from Tel Aviv University. His Master’s thesis dealt with the Pentagon Papers as a case study for secrecy in a democracy. He also holds a BA in American Studies and Comparative Literature from Tel Aviv University. He has taught several American history courses at Baruch College. Maayan’s native language is Hebrew and he is also fluent in Spanish.


Pamela Franciotti is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests focus on generative L2 acquisition of syntax, L1/L2 psycholinguistics and experimental syntax. She is a member of the Second Language Acquisition Lab at the Graduate Center where she conducts research using both behavioral and eye-tracking measures. Her current research focuses on the acquisition and processing of relative clauses in L2 Italian and anaphora resolution in the context of globally ambiguous sentences in Italian and Spanish. Pamela holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature and a M.A. in Linguistics, both from the University of Siena, Italy. She taught several Linguistics courses at Lehman College, and has previous experience teaching Italian as a second/foreign language in Italy to asylum seekers and refugees and in the US to undergraduates. She is a native speaker of Italian and a fluent speaker of English. Her extracurricular interests include film photography and classic Italian cinema.


Erin Heiser is the Assistant Coordinator for the Writing Fellows at SPS. She has a Master’s degree in English with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric, and is a doctoral candidate in the English program at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She previously held a Writing Fellowship at Lehman College, CUNY.  Her dissertation focuses on how working-class lesbian writers use the autobiographical in their texts. Erin is interested in the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender; and these themes show up regularly in her own writing and on her syllabuses at CUNY and NYU where she has enjoyed teaching literature and writing for over a decade.


Desmond Leung is a PhD candidate in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests center around issues related to workplace diversity and inclusion, leadership, and employee selection. His dissertation explores strategies for reducing backlash to diversity initiatives in organizations. He has taught undergraduate courses on I-O psychology and workplace diversity at Baruch College, CUNY, where he also earned his MS degree. Desmond also holds a BS in Psychology from UC San Diego. 


Iuri Moscardi was born in Italy in 1986. In his home country, he studied Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Milan, focusing on the works of Cesare Pavese as a novelist and a translator from English. His Master Degree’s Thesis was awarded the Cesare Pavese National Prize. After his graduation, in 2014 he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where he attended Indiana University and obtained a MA in Italian. Finally, in 2016 he moved to New York City to start his PhD in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His fields of research are Contemporary Italian Literature and Digital Humanities: he is relying on these two theoretical fields for his dissertation, focused on some social reading projects that involved Cesare Pavese’s novels. His dissertation advisor is prof. Giancarlo Lombardi and he is also working with professors Matthew Gold (English) and Bettina Lerner (Comparative Literature) for his dissertation proposal. 


Curtis Russell is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He received an MA in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He has taught courses in Theatre History, Dramaturgy, and Musical Theatre at universities in New York, New Jersey, and Utah. A former theatre critic, Curtis has a forthcoming Broadway history podcast called Lullaby of Old Broadway. His dissertation reveals the complex operations of nostalgia for classical Hollywood in the Broadway musical from 1955-1990. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.


Christine Snyder is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has taught Introduction to the Theatre, World Theatre History II, the History of Musical Theatre, Gender and U.S. Theatre, and Play Analysis at Hunter College and Lehman College. Her dissertation addresses the historiographies and counterhistoriographies of the U.S. Civil War perpetuated throughout popular culture, particularly within musical theater. She received her MA in Theater History and Criticism from Brooklyn College. After completing a BA in Theater and Journalism, Christine worked as an online arts journalist and photo editor for five years. She has worked on Broadway — in some capacity or other — for the past twenty-three years. An avid sports fan, Christine roots for the Chicago Cubs, the NC Dinos (KBO), and the German Men’s Football Team. 

This site is organized and maintained by the SPS Writing Fellows. If you have questions about the Writing Fellows program, you can contact Kate Moss, the Writing Fellows Coordinator.

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