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

I’m the Associate Editor of the blog Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders, a blog of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. In this role, I produce and co-host the blog’s podcast Slow Agency. I also oversee the co-editing of articles tackling writing center issues in the African region.

I’m a doctoral student in the Writing & Rhetoric program at George Mason University. My research focuses on writing center and program administration within African contexts, multilingualism, writing across the disciplines (WAC), digital rhetoric and digital literacy and postcolonialism.

In other work, I teach composition and writing for research courses for undergraduate and graduate students, develop writing course curriculum, and create digital content for faculty development purposes.

During my MA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia, my BA in Organizational Communication at Mason, and my Associate Degree in Communication, I fell in love with writing centers which deepened my love for writing.

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 support writers and teachers of writing. I received a Doctor of Education from the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester in May 2023. My dissertation research focused on the experiences of writing consultants who were graduate students themselves and worked with graduate students. I also hold a M.Ed in Teaching English as a Second Language and a M.A.T in Chinese.

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.