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Synthesis Program Team

Program Staff

Jill GladsteinJill Gladstein (jgladstein@ucsd.edu)
Program Director/Full Teaching Professor
Hope for Synthesis Program: I hope students will learn how to communicate in order to bring about change.
Writing Tip: Find a process that works for you!

 

Instructional Assistants for 2020 - 2021

  • Nour Hachem (nhachem@ucsd.edu)

    Nour Hachem (nhachem@ucsd.edu)

    Nour (she/her/hers) double majored with a B.A. in History and Sociology-Anthropology from the American University of Beirut. She is currently a Ph.D. student at UC San Diego studying Modern Middle Eastern History.

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: I hope students will gain confidence in their communication and critical thinking skills and use them for a good cause. 

    Writing Tip: The first draft is only a draft! Get as much feedback as you can, and give yourself time for multiple rewrites. 

  • Kira Jacobson (kwjacobs@ucsd.edu)

    Kira Jacobson (kwjacobs@ucsd.edu)

    Kira (they/them/theirs) graduated with a B.A. from Reed College and is currently pursuing a M.F.A. at UC San Diego. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: The Synthesis program focuses on the changing planet, and as students grow in this rapidly changing world, I hope that this program helps to empower students to see themselves as agents of change.

    Writing Tip: Use voice recordings as a way to jump-start your writing process. By first having a conversation with a friend about the paper I want to write, it's easier to get my thoughts out clearly and concisely without worrying too much about the details.

  • Aditi Kini (ankini@ucsd.edu)

    Aditi (she/her/hers; they/them/theirs) earned a B.A. and M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University and is currently studying in the M.F.A. program at UC San Diego. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: For students to gain the skill to write - but also the lens to see.

    Writing Tip: Write to the expanse of your character.

  • Amy Knight (a2knight@ucsd.edu)

    Amy Knight (a2knight@ucsd.edu)

    Amy (she/her/hers) graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She received her Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is currently studying Sociology as a Ph.D. student at UC San Diego.

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: For students to gain a relationship with writing that embraces it as a process through which to think through complex, sometimes daunting issues. I hope for students to communicate this thinking clearly to others in a writing style all their own.

    Writing Tip: Writing is thinking! That helped me to let go of perfection in writing and see it as an active process. Instead of "What should I write about?", I began to ask myself, "How am I thinking about this?" It allowed me to be more open to the drafting process and receive feedback without spiraling into self-criticism. If you can re-think, you can re-write. No value judgment needed.

  • Alexandra Kutovoy (akutovoy@ucsd.edu)

    Alexandra (she/her/hers) graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in English and earned a Masters in Philosophy in Comparative Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a Ph.D. student studying Literature at UC San Diego. 

    Hope for Synthesis Program: For students to gain an appreciation for their individual voice as they develop and hone it through their writing.

    Writing Tip: 1. Annotate, annotate, annotate. 2. Use less fluff words and really think about what it is you want to say, rather than how academic it should sound. 3. Give yourself a chance to free-write; that's where the magic of brainstorming happens.

  • Leslie Meyer (lmeyer@ucsd.edu)

    Leslie (she/her/hers) earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is currently working towards her M.A. in Latin American Studies at UC San Diego. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: In addition to learning more about the intersectional nature of climate justice, I hope students will find that they can access joy, curiosity, introspection, empathy, and a sense of belonging through writing!

    Writing Tip: "When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know." -James Baldwin

  • Julia Moncur (jmoncur@ucsd.edu)

    Julia Moncur (jmoncur@ucsd.edu)

    Julia (she/her/hers) graduated from the University of Utah and is currently a graduate student at UC San Diego in the M.F.A. Writing program. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: While gaining an improved understanding of the climate crisis, I hope my students develop critical analysis, reasoning, listening, and writing skills that will allow them to become more effective agents of change in society. 

    Writing Tip: If you're stuck - let go and allow your unconscious to work.

  • Christoph Rodrigo de la Torre (crdelatorre@ucsd.edu)

    Christoph Rodrigo de la Torre (crdelatorre@ucsd.edu)

    Christoph (he/him/his) earned a B.A. in Art History and Law from Universität Hamburg in Germany. He is currently a Ph.D. student at UC San Diego studying Art History, Theory, and Criticism. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: For students to gain new ways to engage with the world and oneself through writing.

    Writing Tip: Listen to yourself.

  • Noelle Sepina (nesepina@ucsd.edu)

    Noelle (she/her/hers) graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in African American Studies. She is currently a Ph.D. student studying Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: I hope students gain a strong foundation for writing skills and the confidence to express themselves through writing.

    Writing Tip: Just write. Edit later. (done is good)
  • Lucien Spect (leherzog@ucsd.edu)

    Lucien Spect (leherzog@ucsd.edu)

    Lucien (he/him/his) earned a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and is currently a graduate student at UC San Diego in the M.F.A. Writing program. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: For students to gain a connection to the pleasure of writing, reflexive engagement with science and art, and writing tools for many audiences. 

    Writing Tip: Learn to write from a place of not-knowing. 

English Language Learning Tutor

  • Elissa Bozhkov (ebozhkov@ucsd.edu)

    Elissa Bozhkov (ebozhkov@ucsd.edu)

    Elissa (she/her/hers) earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in International Affairs at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. 

    Hope for the Synthesis Program: I hope students develop an interdisciplinary learning approach to address real-world social, economic, and cultural issues within our changing planet.

    Writing Tip: Always try to organize your thoughts before you begin to write!