David Hershinow
Writing Center Director

David HershinowDavid Hershinow joined the GC community as its founding Director of the Writing Center in the Fall of 2019. He earned his PhD in English at Johns Hopkins University, where he worked at the university’s Writing Center for seven years and served as the center’s Director in his final year of study. Since completing his PhD, David has held faculty appointments at Princeton University and Baruch College, CUNY. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal (Edinburgh UP, 2019). David is excited to bring his experience to bear on the development of the GC’s new graduate writing center, one of the few writing centers in the country whose mission caters solely to the needs of graduate students.

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Writing Fellows

Daniel Hengel

Daniel Hengel holds a Ph. D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught First-year Writing and English Language Literatures at Hunter College, Baruch College, Yeshiva University Stern College for Women, Fordham University, and in John Jay’s Prison to College Program at Otisville Correctional Facility for Men. Daniel studies and teaches what he affectionately terms twentieth/twenty-first century English Language Literatures of Resistance. His dissertation, “(In)Hospitably Modern: Hospitality and Its Discontents (1920 – 1953),” reorders formerly ‘hospitable’ domestic spaces into inscriptions of political resistance and social upheaval in texts by Lawrence, Woolf, Rhys, and Beckett. Daniel’s work has appeared in Nordic Irish Studies, The Wellsian, and Join the Conversation: A Guide to First-year Composition. He is currently editing two articles in the Revise and Resubmit process—one with Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, And Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching and the other with The D.H. Lawrence Review.

Daniel spends way too much time listening to epic-fantasy novels, which he calls his “stories”—Michael Kramer is his all-time favorite narrator. Robin Miles’s work for The Broken Earth is amazing. He also enjoys hunting for Easter eggs in the MCU, swimming, volleyball, rock climbing, The Office, and playing outside. Tai’shar Manetheren.


Malkah Bressler

Malkah Bressler earned her PhD in English at Fordham University where she studied 18th century trans-Atlantic literature and ecocriticism. At Fordham, Malkah worked at the university’s Writing Center, taught composition and rhetoric courses, created and hosted a series of writing workshops for graduate students, and was the president of the Graduate Student Association. During her studies, Malkah became invested in composition pedagogy and discovered a passion for assisting her fellow graduate students develop into masterful writers. Since her thesis defense, Malkah has worked in the communications departments of several nonprofits where she wrote and edited marketing copy. Even though she decided to return to the academy, she is happy to chat about her experiences.

When she is not tutoring, Malkah is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Blog of the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Forward (among others). Currently, she is editing a textbook on environmental health sciences for Johns Hopkins University Press.


Emily Price

Emily Price is a doctoral candidate in the English program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is writing her dissertation on late medieval literary representations of melancholy and their connections to the natural world. She has taught composition and literature at Queens College since 2019. She earned her M.A. in English at the Graduate Center in 2021.

Apart from her academic work, Emily is a columnist at Unwinnable Magazine and has freelanced arts and culture writing at a number of publications. She enjoys drawing and going to live music shows, and is trying to improve her cooking skills.


Deborah Philip

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. She is currently a contributing editor at Anthropod, the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s podcast and teaches an anthropology class at Lehman College. Aside from English, Deborah speaks Sinhala, and has elementary knowledge of Tamil and Dutch. She binge watches shows, and recently finished ‘The Americans,’ ‘Vikings’, and the second season of ‘Made in Heaven’!

Anna Carroll

Anna Carroll is a doctoral candidate in the Art History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is working on her dissertation on the spatial and sensorial experience of lay viewers in the 4th-8th century Byzantine Egyptian church. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Art History at Baruch College, and has taught art history seminars and lectures at Brooklyn College. She is particularly interested in the way open pedagogical philosophies can impact and improve the graduate writing experience, and is excited to work with fellow doctoral candidates and graduate students.

Past Writing Fellows

Asher Wycoff

Allison Douglas

Daeshin Hayden Ju

Karen Okigbo

Shiraz Biggie

Kate Pendolay

Aaron Botwick

Elizabeth Goetz

Meira Levinson

Erin Garrow

Jared Keel