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Alexandra SmithAlexandra Smith Headshot

PhD, English

Associate Teaching Professor, English
Instructor, English


Phone: 206-296-5309

Building/Room: LEML 253

My research focuses on twentieth century multi-ethnic literatures of the United States with a specific interest in literatures that take up “the street” and urban space. I have taught a number of composition courses at a variety of institutions and am interested in theories of writing and writing pedagogy as well. I am also a founding member of Process: Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship, an online journal that publishes undergraduate work from around the world.


Hidy BastaHidy Basta Headshot

Ph. D. Language and Rhetoric, University of Washington 2010
MATESOL, University of Washington, 2001

Director, Writing Center
Assistant Professor, English
Languages: English, Arabic


Phone: 206-296-6453

I have a Ph.D. in Language and Rhetoric and an M.A.T. in English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Washington. My research and teaching interests include critical discourse analysis, interdisciplinary writing, genre theory, language ideology and identity, bilingualism, and narrative analysis. I have taught several classes in service learning and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington and at Antioch University.  Over the past few years, I directed the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Academic Support Lab at Antioch University Seattle.  My current research focuses on exploring the role of feedback on students’ writing and the role of peer consultations in facilitating creativity and risk-taking in academic writing. I enjoy good conversations and good food, hikes, camping under the stars, adventures with my family, and to varying degrees of helplessness: gardening and video games.


Office Assistants


2nd-Year Office Assistant


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Major: English Literature
Minor: Communication & Media

2nd-Year Office Assistant
1st-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Brandon, and I am in my third year at Seattle University. I am an English Literature major and a Communication and Media minor in the University Honors Program. I am originally from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. I love listening to K-pop (I am a fan of groups like BTS, TXT, and ITZY), Conan Gray, Selena, lo-fi music, and jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Laufey. You can often find me studying or walking around with headphones in because I am almost always listening to music! During my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and eating with friends. I love watching TV, and some of my favorite shows are "Gilmore Girls", "Our Beloved Summer", "Heartstopper", and "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha". I am so excited to meet everyone and be helpful at the Writing Center!



2nd-Year Office Assistant


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Criminal Justice specialization in Criminology & Criminal Theory

Co-Lead OA
3rd-Year Office Assistant

Hi! My name is Kateri, but I usually go by Kat, I'm a fourth-year majoring in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminology & Criminal Theory. I'm originally from Montana, but I've lived all over the state as my family moved a lot. My hometown is in Harlem, Montana which is about 45 miles from the Canadian border. When I'm not at the Writing Center, I'm spending time with my dogs, reading, painting, dancing, or exploring Seattle!



2nd-Year Office Assistant



Writing Consultants

CaraCara Headshot

Civil Engineering
minor in Environmental Science

1st-Year Consultant
Languages: English & Spanish

Howdy!! My name is Cara and I'm a second-year civil engineering student with an environmental science minor. I'm super excited to start my first year as a writing consultant!! I grew up in the Seattle area and I'm big into hiking, gardening, drawing, cooking, and staring off into space. I love to talk to folks, and I especially love to talk to folks about their writing! Hope to see you at the center, I'm excited to start working with everybody!


EleanorEleanor Headshor

Major: Creative Writing

3rd-Year Consultant

Hi! I'm Eleanor and I'm a senior creative writing major from Portland, OR. This is my third year as a writing consultant and I'm excited to work with you to support all of your writing needs. I like watching movies, going for hikes, and meeting all of the cute dogs at the dog park. I'm always listening to music and would love to hear any song or band recommendations you have!


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English/Creative Writing

1st-Year Consultant
Languages: English & French

Hello, my name is Isabella! I'm a Creative Writing major and this is my first year as a consultant for the Writing Center. I spend most of my time doing archery. I also love to read and write all sorts of fantasy and sci-fi. I look forward to working with you!


Jai-LynnJai-Lynn Headshot

English & Political Science
minor in Criminal Justice

1st-Year Consultant

Hi, my name is Jai-Lynn, I'm a 3rd-year student studying English and Political Science. I use she/her pronouns, and when I'm not busy studying I enjoy doing puzzles, reading, going for walks, and watching movies/tv shows and most sports. I look forward to meeting with you and working collaboratively with you on your writing, see ya soon!!!


MaxMax Headshot

Political Science

1st-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Max, and I am a third-year political science major. I am originally from San Jose, California, but I choose to go to school in Seattle because I love the PNW. I am very excited to work for the Writing Center as a consultant, as I enjoy seeing people's writing styles and works. When I have free time, I love playing with my dogs, gardening, and building computers. I look forward to starting to be a consultant!


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Criminal Justice

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Olivia, and I'm a second-year criminal justice major. I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and this is my first year as a writing consultant. When I have free time, you can find me reading, drinking matcha in coffee shops, and listening to Taylor Swift. I can't wait to work with all of you, and I hope to see you soon!


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Accounting and Analytics (MSAA)

1st-Year Grad Consultant
Languages: English, Hindi, and Urdu

Hi there! I’m Rida. I graduated from Luther College with double majors in Accounting and Business Management. I am an Accounting and Analytics Graduate Student. I worked as a Research Analyst in Pakistan because I enjoy writing and helping others with their writing concerns. Some of my interests outside work and school are cooking South Asian food, playing badminton, and doing embroidery. I am also fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi, and I will be more than happy to help you in any of these languages you feel comfortable talking in. I am very excited to meet and work with you all soon.


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1st-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Tess and I'm a first-year writing consultant. I'm a third year Nursing major from the Portland, OR area. Most of my spare time is spent playing video games with friends, reading, or watching movies and shows! I also enjoy the outdoors, all kinds of baking, and trying new restaurants and cafes around Seattle. I look forward to meeting you and working together!