Faculty

Belinda Kremer

Belinda Kremer holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 1996, she has taught pre-composition, composition, advanced writing, disciplinary writing, literature, creative writing-- poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama-- writing for the sciences, writing for digital media, pedagogies of writing, and writing-tutor training in Michigan, New York, and California. Belinda also has extensive backgrounds in writing program and writing center administration, and in supporting faculty in teaching writing with technology. Her poetry appears in...

Lindsey Lanfersieck

Lindsey holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Indiana University and has been teaching literature and writing courses at the university level since 2010. Her interests include teaching first-year writing, nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, gender and sexuality studies, social justice, and young adult fiction.

Lindsey is a full-time lecturer and currently teaches Reading & Composition courses in College Writing and in the Global Edge London program. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she taught literature and composition courses at UC Davis, Univerisity of San Francisco,...

Jonathan Lang

Jonathan Lang received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University where he was a Mellon scholar.

His classes at Berkeley focus on English and American literature from the 19th century to the modern period and provide an introduction to contemporary visual studies in film and media.

He teaches Reading & Composition courses in College Writing and in the Global Edge London program whose core literacy courses he developed.

As a consultant for the College Board and the Educational Testing Service, he served on the test development committees of the...

Michael Larkin

Michael Larkin has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley. In addition to teaching courses in reading and composition and creative writing, he is co-curator of the annual UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for New Students and formerly the coordinator of the College Writing Programs' Summer Bridge Course, CW N2--Writing the Bridge: From High School to the University.

His...

Shalle Leeming

Shalle Leeming has more than twenty years of experience teaching and developing curriculum for English language learners, most recently in the art and design context of California College of the Arts, where she is Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature. She has also taught English and writing at other universities in the Bay Area and abroad, including Stanford University, Koç University in Turkey, and Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. She holds an MA in English (TESOL) from San Francisco State University and BA in Radio/Television/Film, Minor in Art, from San José State...

John Levine

John Levine has a B.A. in English and Black Studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he also completed extensive coursework in college-composition pedagogy. He has been teaching writing since 1995 and teaching public speaking since 2006. He teaches Reading and Composition courses, public speaking, and creative writing at UC Berkeley. He also coordinates the long-running Berkeley Writers at Work series. Before becoming...

Eric Longfellow

Eric Longfellow is a fiction writer with a Ph.D. in English/creative writing. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, he taught writing, comparative literature, and creative writing at San Francisco State University and Illinois State University. His research and pedagogical interests include psychoanalytic theory, feminist studies, queer theory, and Marxist theory.

In addition to his academic career, he has worked in the publishing industry gaining editorial experience with Dalkey Archive Press and FC2. Previous fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Millions, The Rumpus, and...

Aparajita Nanda

Aparajita Nanda is a recipient of a Visiting Associate Professorship to the Departments of English and African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley and a Fulbright Faculty Teaching Scholarship. Nanda was Associate Professor at Jadavpur University, India and now teaches at UC Berkeley.

AWARDS

Awarded David E. Logothetti Teaching Excellence Award, 2019-2020. Awarded Professional Development Grant Award, 2015. Professor Cedric Busette Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ethnic Studies, 2012. Awarded Professional Development Grant Award,...

Kaya Oakes

Senior Continuing Lecturer

Kaya Oakes (she/her) has been a lecturer in College Writing since 2000. She teaches R1A, R4A, R4B, and a variety of creative nonfiction courses. She is the author of six books, most recently including Not So Sorry: Abusers, False Apologies, and the Limits of Forgiveness (Broadleaf Books: 2024), The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In Betweens To Remake the World (Broadleaf Books: 2021, one of Sojourners' 2021 Books to Inspire Faith and Justice), The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books: 2015, Religion News Association best books...

Matthew J. Parker

Matthew J. Parker returned to school late in life, earned a BA in English Literature from Barrett, The Honors College of Arizona State University and an MFA in Creative Writing From Columbia. His first book, a graphic novel, was published soon after, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Courier Newsroom, Vox Populi, The Baltimore Sun, Guernica, The Rumpus, Blavity, The East Valley Tribune, and Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, among others.