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Writing Support for Graduate Students

Writing support for Gallatin graduate students

Gallatin graduate writing specialists provide writing support and ongoing programming for Gallatin MA students. The writing specialists are available for individual consultations and they also organize workshops and writing groups. Students at all stages of the program are encouraged to take advantage of this resource.

Individual consultations for Gallatin MA students

Contact the Gallatin MA Writing Specialists to plan your semester’s writing projects, generate ideas, organize next steps, and receive feedback on early or completed drafts. Schedule an individual consultation with Marnie Brady or Mara de Gennaro using the hyperlinks below, or via email.

  • Marnie Brady Appointment Calendar - Writing Consultations: Fridays, 11am-2pm
  • Mara de Gennaro Appointment Calendar - Writing Consultations: Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at 411 Lafayette,Conference Room 354,  or by appointment.

Writing Groups: A Call for Participants

In addition to individual consultations and group workshops, we encourage you to join an informal writing group! These student-centered gatherings provide a space for weekly feedback and brainstorming around specific concerns ranging from thesis methodology to organization, and local problems in writing. Although we will focus on writing and editing strategies tailored to the demands of completing thesis projects, all Gallatin MA students are welcome.

  • Social sciences writing group (led by Marnie Brady): Sign up to receive scheduling information and attend with Marnie.
  • Humanities writing group (led by Mara de Gennaro): Sign up to receive scheduling information and attend with Mara.


Every semester Gallatin writing specialists offer a series of writing workshops. 
Check out their calendar here for more details

Writing Retreats

Gallatin offers three writing retreats per year, one in January, one in March, and one in May. 
For more information visit this page.

Gallatin Graduate Writing Specialists

Marnie Brady received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research examines the contemporary relationship between labor and housing in the case of private equity investments. Her essays and case studies, which center on urban politics and social movements, have been published in Progressive Planning, Poverty & Race, and Formations: The Graduate Center Journal of Social Science Research, and Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, and in the volumes New Labor in New York, and Revolting New York (2017). Marnie is a Mellon Writing Mentor Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College where she also works in digital teaching and learning. Marnie’s research and teaching interests developed through her more than ten years of work in public policy and community organizing. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University, and an M.Phil. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center.


Mara de Gennaro received her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, and is currently an ICLS Visiting Scholar at Columbia’s interdisciplinary Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her primary research interests are 20th- and 21st-century literatures in English and French; transnational modernism; Caribbean literatures; diasporic literatures; postcolonial theory; the visual arts; ethnography; and animal studies. She comes to Gallatin having taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses at Columbia, Duke, and Bucknell on topics such as the global English novel, magical realism, comparative modernisms, Caribbean literatures, African fiction, Virginia Woolf, trauma in contemporary world fiction, and negritude. Her articles have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Textual Practice, Paideuma, differences, The Yale Journal of Criticism, and several essay collections including, most recently, the ACLA State of the Discipline Report. She is completing a book entitled Modernism after Postcolonialism.