ABOUT US

Anna Sophia Habib
Anna Sophia HabibEditor

I’m the Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers at George Mason University. I also serve as the English department liaison to Mason’s branch campus in Songdo, South Korea & to INTO Mason’s graduate and undergraduate pathway programs for international students provisionally-admitted to Mason.

I received a BA in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from George Mason University. My MFA thesis, which I hope to continue working on someday, is titled “A Block from Bliss Street: Growing up as a child of the Lebanese civil war.” I am currently working on a transrhetorical dissertation project that aims to explore and theorize the impact of individual experiences of trauma and displacement on translingual identities and languaging practices.

I served as the Associate Director of the Mason Writing Center for five years until I transitioned to my current position as Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers. My research and publications have focused on the experiences of multilingual writers adapting to the expectations of the U.S. academy, faculty perceptions of writing by multilingual students, and designing writing courses that are attuned to the diverse needs of linguistically-diverse populations.

Esther Namubiru
Esther NamubiruAssociate Editor

Esther volunteers as the Associate Editor of the blog Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders, a blog of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. In this role, she co-hosts and produces the blog’s podcast Slow Agency. She also oversees the co-editing of articles tackling writing center issues in the African region.

Esther Namubiru is a doctoral student in the Writing & Rhetoric program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on writing center and program administration within African contexts. Her other research interests include community literacy, multilingualism, writing across the disciplines (WAC), writing in the disciplines (WID), digital rhetoric and digital literacy.

In the past, Esther has taught graduate and undergraduate academic-writing courses for native and non-native speakers of English and developed writing course curriculum and curriculum training material for Mason faculty who work with multilingual writers in writing-intensive courses.

While receiving her MA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia, her BA in Organizational Communication at Mason, and her Associate Degree in Communication, Esther was a writing consultant at those respective institutions which grew her passion for writing and the writing center field.

Weijia Li
Weijia LiAssistant Editor

I joined the Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders blog as Production Editor in June 2020. My initial responsibilities included leading the blog site’s renovation and managing the Covid-19 section. Since then, as the Assistant Editor, my work has morphed into a few areas: site maintenance, submission review and publishing, and communication.

Professionally, I am a full-time Writing & Teaching Consultant in the Writing Center at Bucknell University. I work with all writers across campus on learning and teaching of writing.

I am a doctoral candidate in Teaching and Curriculum at the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. My dissertation research focuses on the experiences of writing consultants who are graduate students themselves and work with graduate students.

My most recent publication is a co-authored book titled An A-W of Academic Literacy: Key Concepts and Practices for Graduate Students published in March 2021 by the University of Michigan Press.

Brian Hotson
Brian HotsonConsultant/Editor Emeritus
I was first paid for sentences in the mid-1980s, and it has worked out since. I worked for many years in educational publishing (including Pearson and Nelson Publishing) as a developmental editor, editor, writer, copy editor, and indexer. Spent ten years working in public educational television at TVOntario as a writer, director, and producer. I have a BA in History and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston.

I began working in writing centres at Queen’s in 2008 and was hired as director of the Saint Mary’s University writing centre in 2010. Currently, I’m director of Academic Learning Services for Saint Mary’s Studio for Teaching and Learning.

I am a past-president of the Canadian Writing Centre Association (CWCA), past International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) board member, former board member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL), member of IWCA, CCCC, and the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), as well as a founding member of our regional writing centres association, ACWCA. I’m also on the editorial board for Inkshed Publications.

Josh Ambrose
Josh AmbroseConsultant/Editor Emeritus
I graduated from George Mason University with a MFA in creative nonfiction, where I also helped direct a writing center. After five years as the writing center director on campus, I now serve as the Associate Dean of Campus and Community Engagement. In that role, I do a lot of work with our burgeoning entrepreneurship program on campus, advise Fulbright applicants, help foster internships and community engagement, and help support global initiatives any way that I can…amidst many other responsibilities!

I’ve enjoyed taking students to Europe and to Peru. I’ve also spent academic time abroad in India, Turkey, and Jordan, as well as working at McDaniel’s sister campus in Budapest, Hungary.

My family and I live in the small town of Westminster, MD–where a lot of surprisingly big things are happening. We also like to travel throughout the US, whenever we have the slightest excuse.