Graduate Student Instructors

Graduate student instructors in the Writing Program are doctoral students in the English department with a range of experiences in the Writing Program and Northeastern Writing Center.

Visit the English Department website for more information about the English graduate program or to learn more about all of our current master’s and doctoral students.



Graduate Student Instructors (2019-2020)

William Bond

Instructor & PhD Candidate, English

William Bond is a Doctoral candidate at Northeastern. He received his M.A. in English from Syracuse University and his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. He studies nineteenth-century American poetry, nature representation and eco-theory. He teaches environmentally themed writing and literature courses. | Courses: 19th-Century American Poetry and Nature; First-Year Writing; Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions

Arsalan ul Haq

Instructor & PhD Candidate, English

Arsalan ul Haq is a PhD candidate in Literature, and a lecturer in the Writing Program at Northeastern University where he teaches First-Year Writing, and Advanced Interdisciplinary Writing. His courses fuse visual studies, popular culture and writing to interrogate meaning-making in mediatized environments. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Design from Indus Valley School, Karachi, Pakistan, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Dartmouth College where he received a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies. His research lies at the intersection of contemporary design and literature, with a primary focus on graphic narratives. | Courses: First Year Writing 1111; Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing 3315; History of Modern Art and Architecture (Indus Valley)

Matthew Hitchcock

Instructor & PhD Student, English

Matthew likes teaching writing. Particularly, he likes teaching ways to break writing habits and challenging the ways in which we learn to write, read, and learn. Much of his teaching and research focuses on multimodal composition, genre studies, and the intersection between these and materiality. | Courses: Advanced Writing in the Business Administration Professions; First-Year Writing; The Art of Literature; Research Methods

Abbie Levesque

David Medina

Instructor & PhD Candidate, English

David is a PhD Candidate in the department of English at Northeastern University. He has taught English courses at the University of Texas at El Paso, MassBay Community College, and Northeastern University. | Courses: ENGW 1102: First Year Writing for Multilingual Writers; ENGW 1111: First-Year Writing; ENGW 3315: Advanced Interdisciplinary Writing

Cara Messina

Instructor & PhD Candidate, English

Cara Marta Messina is a PhD Candidate at Northeastern University's English Department with a focus in Writing and Rhetoric. She won the 2019 Kairos Graduate Student Teaching Award for her work teaching digital methods, tools, and research across the disciplines. In her courses, she integrates conversations of inclusion and exclusion in technologies, genres, and research.

Rachel Elvira Molko

Instructor & PhD Student, English

Toppling patriarchy through feminist research as social justice activism, and fostering inclusivity and meaningful dialogue in classroom and working spaces. | Courses: ENGW 3302: Technical Writing; First-Year Writing; Research in Writing and Rhetoric

Kyle Oddis

Instructor & PhD Student, English

Kyle Oddis has been teaching college-level writing for four years. Her courses are characterized by a commitment to accessible design and creative use of themes. In her professional life outside of teaching, Kyle has consulted for education non-profits and edited books in business, science, public health, literature, and self-help since 2012. Kyle's PhD work at Northeastern focuses on writing assessment, community literacy, curriculum and pedagogy and the ways in which technology, algorithms, and artificial intelligence might reshape our writing processes and practices. She is the former Assistant Director of Northeastern's Writing Center and a published poet. | Courses: Advanced Writing in the Business Administration Professions; Expository Writing (Intro to Literary Genres & Academic Research and Writing); Freshman Composition; Literary Boston in the 19th Century (American Poetry)

Kenny Oravetz

Gregory Palermo

Gregory Palermo is a PhD candidate in English at Northeastern University specializing in digital rhetoric and digital humanities. Holding a BA in English and physics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo's interdisciplinary Edgar Fellows Program, he studies disciplinarity and the use of quantitative, computational methods in the humanities. In his teaching, Palermo encourages his students to critique the institutions that create knowledge by appealing to data. He has facilitated working groups for PhD students in the disciplines, especially the sciences, in Northeastern's Writing Center. His research uses data visualization to transform digital humanities' citation landscape, studying citation as a rhetorical practice by which fields' boundaries are continually redrawn. He is currently a Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly. He has previously served on the Administrative Team of Northeastern's Civic Sustainability, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, as a Research Associate in Northeastern University Library's Digital Scholarship Group, and as a Graduate Fellow of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.

Alanna Prince

Eamon Schlotterback

I am an English graduate student pursuing my PhD. My research focuses on autobiographical writing and especially works by transgender writers. In my courses I integrate my interest in life-writing and identity as a path for exploring writing and rhetoric. | Courses: ENGW 1111: First Year Writing

Eric Seponowski

Instructor & PhD Candidate, English

Eric Sepenoski works as a community literacy scholar and as a farmer. His research draws upon his autoethnographic fieldwork on the North Fork of Long Island, NY. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the ways in which farmers educate the public about farming’s changing role in sustaining community. | Courses: First-Year Writing; AWD Business Administration; Translingual Writing; Research Writing; Bilingual Writing for Maintenance Workers