Thanks to generous funding provided by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees and Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Lisa García Bedolla, the Graduate Writing Center is pleased to announce that it has expanded its staff to include three Graduate Writing Consultants. In addition to assisting with the development of online resources and facilitating writing groups, our new Graduate Writing Consultants will be available for one-on-one consultations for graduate students. 

To schedule a virtual one-on-one appointment, please complete this online form.

Michael Arjun Banerjee

I am a first-year doctoral student in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, studying American legal history and legal theory. I graduated with honors and distinction from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016 with a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in African American Studies. I am a 2019 graduate of Harvard Law School, where I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, as a Student Attorney with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and as a Student Attorney with the Harvard Defenders. I rendered over 1,900 credited hours of pro bono service while in law school, mainly in the course of representing low-income clients in criminal and family law matters in Massachusetts state courts. My current research interests include the history of American universities, state constitutional theory, and police power theory.

Michaela Simmons


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. As an undergraduate at UC San Diego, I studied Studio Art and Sociology. I became interested in the history of welfare during my graduate studies, and I am currently finishing a dissertation that examines the racial politics of the early twentieth century foster care system. I am a recipient of NSF and Ford Fellowships, and have experience in the peer-review publication process. I enjoy writing with archival materials, mapping and memoing arguments, and revising. 

Jonathan Wu


I am a doctoral student in the Department of Music’s Ethnomusicology program. I received my undergraduate degree in English and History from the University of Toronto, where I was an editor in a student magazine and literary journal. After graduating, I worked for several years, first in journalism for publications such as The Walrus magazine and then in the nonprofit sector for the organization WE Charity. During this period, I also freelanced as a writing tutor and editor for high school students, undergraduate students, and small business owners. At Berkeley, my research investigates the circulation of Chinese folk and pop music in Kenya in order to examine the musical dimensions of international diplomacy and China’s rise on the global stage.

Scheduling an Appointment with a Graduate Writing Consultant

One-on-one individual consultations will begin after spring recess; a message will be sent to all departments at that time.

Categories: Graduate Division Announcements, March 2020