John Holzwarth, Director

BA, Political Science and English, Colgate University, 1993

PhD, Politics, Princeton University, 2004

A few favorite authors: Friedrich Nietzsche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Haruki Murakami, Karl Ove Knausgaard

A piece of writing advice: Treat every assignment as if it were something you chose to do on your own.  If you don’t find it interesting at first, figure out why someone would.  This isn’t about doing homework – it’s about cultivating your own unique intellectual experience.  All the best work starts with that attitude, and even when the work goes badly, no one with that attitude ever came away empty-handed.


Peer Tutors

Anna-Marie Ahn ’25

Majors: Classics, Biology


Anika Bednar ’23

Major: Political Science


Lauren Caldwell ’24

Major: English


Madeline Daniel ’24

Major: Biology

Minor: Math


Lena Essak ’24

Major: Economics

Minor: Environmental Science


McKenna Finley ’23

Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hispanic Studies









Emma Ford ’25

Major: International Affairs

Minor: Middle Eastern and North African Studies


Fabian Guerrero ’23

Major: International Affairs

Minor: Political Economy


Lila Khammash ’23

Major: International Affairs

Minor: Entrepreneurship


Katie McGirt ’23

Major: English


Frances Schlageter

Major: History








Anthi Sklaventis ’24

Major: History

Rose Thompson ’23


Major: Sociology/Anthropology, Biology

A few favorite authors: Gloria AnzaldĂșa, Haruki Murakami, bell hooks, Joey Comeau, Lemony Snicket, and Han Kang

A piece of writing advice: If you’re having trouble getting started, remember you don’t have to write your paper in order. It’s easy to get stuck trying to write the perfect introduction, so try writing your body paragraphs first and going back to your intro when you’re done. It often makes your introduction connect better to the paper and means you don’t have to wait around so long for inspiration to strike if you’re on a deadline.

Will Toppin ’23

Major: Political Science








Gila Winefeld ’23

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Asmaa Zaidan ’24

Majors: History, Political Science