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. All of the fellows can assist with APA format, though some may be experts in MLA and Chicago styles as well.

The Spring 2023 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.


Kiera Bono is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Theatre and Performance program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Approaching biopolitical questions surrounding disability, queerness, food, and diaspora, their work explores performances of assimilation and resistance. Their dissertation focuses on disabled relationalities, temporalities, and materialities in contemporary performance. Before joining the WAC@SPS team, Kiera taught Queer Theatre and Performance, World Theatre History, and Introduction to Theatre Arts at The City College of New York. While they are comfortable working with all citation styles, they have the most direct experience working with The Chicago Manual of Style and MLA Formatting. Kiera also has some experience speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish, but they are not fluent.


Miranda Hajduk is a PhD Candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is currently working on her prospectus for her dissertation, madness, emotion, and medicine in medieval romance. Her other interests include medieval hippiatric medicine, posthumanism, monstrosity, and medievalism. She has an upcoming chapter about worldbuilding and campaign maps in Dungeons & Dragons in the forthcoming Boydell & Brewer collection Global Medievalisms. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games with her cat, Legolas.


Deborah Philip is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the politics of home and unhomeliness in colonial and post-colonial Sri Lanka. Deborah’s work experience includes a PublicsLab fellowship at the Modern Language Association in New York, and teaching courses in the History Department at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the CUNY Schools of Lehman, Queens, and Guttman Community College. She is currently a contributing editor at Anthropod, the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s podcast. Aside from English, Deborah speaks Sinhala, and has elementary knowledge of Tamil and Dutch. 


Matt Schreiber  is a PhD student in Music at the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus in ethnomusicology. His research is focused on the music of Serbian Romani diaspora communities and he performs in various musical ensembles on accordion. Matt has taught “Introduction to World Music” at City College for the past three years, has taught English and Norwegian as a second language, and currently teaches private accordion lessons. Aside from English, Matt speaks Norwegian and German and is studying BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian), and is proficient in Chicago and APA citation styles.


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 syllabi at CUNY and NYU where she has enjoyed teaching literature and writing for over a decade.


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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