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Meet the Writing Fellows

Meet the Writing Fellows

Maureen Coyle

Maureen Coyle is a PhD student in the Basic & Applied Social Psychology program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is also the lab manager of the Health, Emotion, and Relationships Team (HEART) Lab at Brooklyn College. She investigates how computer-mediated communication affects interpersonal processes in newfangled relationships. She aims to identify how ambiguity in text-based interactions disrupts interpersonal connection and how individuals attempt to reduce ambiguity. Her projects address issues such as the role of emoji use in impression formation and perceived partner responsiveness and how experiences with being ghosted on online dating platforms affects pursuit of future partners.



Alicia Cannizzo is a doctoral candidate in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A from Evergreen State College. Alicia's dissertation research focuses on tomb monuments during the later part of the European Middle Ages and analyzes the influence of the early scientific understanding of the body in this period on representations of the human figure. She was born in Colorado and has lived in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and the Northeast.


Liz Carlin

Liz Carlin is a doctoral student in Critical Social Psychology at the Graduate Center. She has a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and an M.S. in social epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. She studies the misuse of race and gender in biomedical research. Her current research project focuses on the use of race as a "risk factor" for health outcomes specifically, tracing the racial claims about hair in the clinical literature on polycystic ovary syndrome. Liz is conversant in American Sign Language.


Bradley Gray

Bradley Gray is an Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD student at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. He obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2010 and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Towson University in 2012. He is interested in Occupational Health Psychology, change management, and executive development. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, he has also lived in Winston-Salem and Baltimore. He now resides in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, two cats, and dog.


Peter Kramer

Peter Kramer was born in Portland, Oregon (b.1989) where he studied composition, piano and violin with Dr. Marshall Tuttle at Mount Hood Community College. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory (2014) with a double major in Composition and Harpsichord Performance, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Jason Eckardt and Suzanne Farrin. His principal teachers also include Lewis Nielson and Webb William Wiggins.

Peter has attended the Loretto Festival (2017) with the Longleash Trio, and the June in Buffalo Festival (2016) where he worked with composers David Felder, Hans Abrahamsen, Chinary Ung and Hanna Eimermacher. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as Longleash, TAK, Uusinta, Oberlin CME, Nouveau Classical Project, andPlay, Second Species, Wolftone, JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet and the Emissary Quartet. He has participated in composition master classes with Rodger Reynolds, Jason Eckardt, Phillip Cashian, George Lewis, and Mark Barden, and harpsichord master classes with Mitzi Meyerson, Charles Metz, Ton Koopman, Jacques Ogg and Michael Sponseller. He has attended the New Music on the Point, SICPP, and Nief-Norf festivals as a composer, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival, Baroque Performance Institute, Accademia d’Amore opera workshop as a harpsichordist. He has also spent time at the Banff Center in Alberta Canada as an artist in residence. He has been awarded the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize in Composition, Earl L. Russel Award in Historical Performance and the Shansi Prize for his choral composition AMA from Oberlin Conservatory. Additionally, Peter has been mentored by composers Eric Wubbles, Josh Levine, and Daniel Tacke. Peter has taught Music Appreciation and Baroque Music courses at Baruch College and will begin working at Kingsborough Community College as a Writing across the Curriculum mentor (WAC) through the CUNY Graduate Center. Apart from composition and harpsichord performance, his interests include harpsichord and organ building/maintenance, playing the lute and baroque guitar, and studying aspects of American folk and blues music.

Alisa Krieg

Alisa Krieg is a doctoral student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her interests include the sociology of family, emotion and mental health, and cultures of social class. Her current research looks at the social construction of childhood. Alisa grew up in California and has a B.A. in Communication from UCLA, where she studied mass media and gender. Apart from academic work, she enjoys writing fiction, reading social commentary, and discussing human nature. 



Zoey Lavallee

Zoey Lavallee is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Zoey is originally from a small town in Western Canada. They earned a B.A. honors degree in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, with a minor in Spanish. Zoey works in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and feminist philosophy. Their dissertation research is focused on theorizing the nature of desire, and in particular, the role that desire plays in addiction. Zoey is a member of the Minorities and Philosophy (MaP) chapter at the Graduate Center, and they help to run an ongoing workshop series on pedagogy and diversity. In their spare time, Zoey writes music and draws comics. 

Erin Lilli

Erin Lilli is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY studying Environmental Psychology and teaches in the Urban Studies department at Queens College. Erin is originally from Pennsylvania but did most of her growing up in Texas where she earned a degree in environmental design at Texas A&M before moving to Minneapolis for an M. Arch and MS. Arch at the University of Minnesota. Erin’s dissertation research examines everyday resistance to gentrification in Crown Heights through a framework of racial capitalism.  She is using mixed methods, including residential oral histories, to understand what the ubiquitous term gentrification means for Crown Heights and contextualize this process as part of an ongoing and overtly racist mode of production. 


Elizaveta Lyulekina

Elizaveta Lyulekina
PhD candidate in French, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.A., French, Brooklyn College, CUNY
B.A., Philosophy, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Languages: English, French, Russian

Elizaveta Lyulekina is a PhD candidate in French. She is working on a dissertation on French Renaissance poetry. Her general research interests include French Renaissance poetry, intertextuality in French Renaissance literature, Renaissance literary genres, Petrarch’s Latin writings and their reception in Renaissance France. Her articles on Pernette Du Guillet, the Délie, the Saulsaye, and the Microcosme of Maurice Scève have been published in the volume French Writing and Culture in the Renaissance of the digital scholarly database The Literary Encyclopedia. Elizaveta has given talks and presented papers on Renaissance literature at several conferences including the Atelier franco-américain at Sorbonne University, the RSA Conference, the Sixteenth Century Society Conference and the ACMRS Conference. She currently teaches French at Baruch College.


Shaun Lin

Shaun Lin is pursuing a Ph.D in geography at the CUNY Graduate Center, where his research interests include immigrant communities, food and foodways, and abolition geography. He is an adjunct lecturer in Urban Studies at Queens College. Originally from Los Angeles, Shaun is a longtime resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn where he organizes with Sunset Park for a Liberated Future (SPLF), Protect 8th Avenue Coalition, and No New Jails NYC against gentrification, displacement, policing and prisons