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Appointment-Based Writing Tutor

Shaleen Brawn

PhD, Stanford University, Modern Thought and Literature (2000)


I received my B.A. in English from Yale University and my Ph.D. from Stanford's Program in Modern Thought and Literature. My dissertation looked at how a single text, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was re-mobilized by various social and political actors after the Civil War to construct a variety of contradictory positions on slavery, civil war, and political activism. In that spirit, I approach writing as a performative act not just for authors but for audiences. My work on science communication is similarly concerned with the way shifts in audience and context create challenges for science writers both popular and professional. Apart from teaching in PWR, I am the Artistic Director and Non-Fiction Editor for Aunt Lute Books, an independent press located in San Francisco. I am the co-editor of the two -volume Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers.

Areas of specialization: social science, science, and literature

Able to tutor any genre of writing

Enjoys coaching revision strategies


Writing Specialist Consultation hours:

  • Tuesdays 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Building 20 Rm. 22L

  • Fridays 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Building 20 Rm. 22L


(650) 723-5524


Sweet 324

Office Hours

Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm and Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm PACIFIC

Research Interests

SPECIALIZATION: Rhetoric of Science and Technology, Science Communication, Publishing as Process and Institution