About the Writing Center

The Writing Center is located in Gowen 111. You may also contact us at
(206) 616-3354.

During Fall-Spring Quarter, our hours are:

We are open 5 days a week, Monday through Friday during the academic year (Autumn through Spring Quarters.) Our regular hours are

Monday -- Thursday 9:30-4:30
Friday 9:30-2:30

We typically open the second week of each academic quarter and are open through Wednesday of finals week.

To schedule an appointment, click here. We offer drop-in appointments every afternoon from 1:15 to close.

The Writing Center is affiliated with the departments of Political Science, Law, Societies, and Justice, Jackson School of International Studies, and the Comparative History of Ideas.

Who We Are


Jennifer Driscoll is the director of the Writing Center. Her research focuses on racial violence in the United States and straddles the fields of Political Theory, American Political Development, and Public Law. She has TA’ed in political theory, philosophy, and political communications, and was recently recognized by the UW College of Arts and Sciences for exceptionally high student evaluations of her teaching. Jennifer is available to visit classes at the request of instructors and to conduct workshops to help students prepare for particular writing assignments. She has office hours on Mondays from 11:00am – 12:00pm and Thursdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm. You can contact her at writdir[at]uw[dot]edu to arrange a classroom visit or a graduate tutoring session.


Undergraduate tutors:

Alison B. is a senior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice and Psychology.  She is currently working on a group honors thesis with a focus on life without parole in Washington State.  Alison also volunteers in a psychology lab that explores PTSD and how it influences parent-child interactions.  In her spare time she likes to read, write, and talk about reading and writing. These interests collectively contribute to her passion for tutoring. 

Annie is a senior majoring in Political Science - International Security and minoring in Human Rights. She is currently working on an honors thesis researching humanitarian crises and state decisions to intervene. In her free time Annie enjoys exploring small Seattle coffee shops.

Grace is a junior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice and Drama, and is also a student in the Interdisciplinary Honors program. She was bitten by the travel bug on her trip to Amsterdam with the LSJ program, and is currently involved in research about the rights of workers and women around the globe.​

Katherine is a senior majoring in International Studies. She is in the International Studies Honors Program, and is working on a thesis on the intersection between Russian media and protest movements. Katherine is particularly interested in foreign language, and hopes to eventually work in International Law. In addition to tutoring, she works at a law firm, volunteers at the University of Washington libraries, and enjoys hiking around the Pacific Northwest.

Laura is a junior majoring in Political Science and Communications. As a student in the 2014-2015 Political Science Honors program, she plans to write her thesis on the topic of American police militarization. She is an editor at the Washington Undergraduate Law Review and has spent time as a political intern in the past. She is also a bookseller at Barnes & Noble and ends up spending most of her paychecks on books and coffee.

Michelle is a senior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice. Her interests and passion lie in immigration policies and reform, and she will be writing an honors thesis that explores the vulnerabilities of documented immigrants. She has twice been an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for PSYCH250: Racism and Minority Groups. Her hobbies include composing music and reading books in Korean!

Shannon is a senior majoring in Political Science and History. Her primary scholarly interests are political theory and American politics, especially viewed through a historical lens. She plans to attend graduate school next fall to earn her Ph.D. in political science. Shannon loves teaching, and her goal is to become a professor. Outside of class, she likes to rock climb. 


Graduate tutors:

Alison W. is a graduate student at the Jackson School, in her second year of the International Studies MA program. She is interested in U.S. public diplomacy and cultural exchange in the Middle East and North Africa. Alison has spent time living and studying in Morocco and Egypt. In addition to class essays and graduate papers, Alison enjoys reading graduate school and fellowship application essays. Graduate students can email Alison to schedule an appointment at awohlers[at]uw[dot]edu.

Sean is a second-year Ph.D. student in Political Science, specializing in Political Theory, Race and Minority Politics, and Public Law. His research engages contemporary democratic theory and African American political thought, and he is currently studying the works of Hannah Arendt and James Baldwin on the relationship between love and democratic politics. His other work examines mass incarceration in the United States, particularly its effects on families and communities. Sean primarily TA’s in political theory, but his teaching and research interests also include race, rights discourses, the politics of detention, and writing pedagogy. Graduate students can email Sean to set up an appointment at sbutorac[at]uw[dot]edu.