Graduate Peer Writing Consultants

All of our Graduate Peer Writing Consultants participate undergo extensive training before they are available for appointments.

Jasmine Thornton


Quinn Kenny


Rebekah Schrier


Rupinia Shukla


Tommy Tran



Writing Center Center Leadership

Isabell C. May, PhD

Dr. Isabell May has been directing the Writing Center at UMB since early 2017. Dr. May also serves as faculty in the UMB Graduate School's Science Communication Program, where she teaches "Technical Writing" and "Writing a Journal Article." Before her tenure at UMB, Dr. May oversaw the Writing Center at the University of Baltimore, founded the Writing Center for Academic English at Leuphana University in Luenburg, Germany, and directed the Center for Academic Success at the Universities at Shady Grove. She earned her PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A native of Germany, Dr. May came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship in 1999 and has resided in Maryland, with a two-year interruption in Lueneburg, Germany, ever since. If Dr. May is not busy writing her blog, researching, or working with writers, she can be found swimming in URecFit's amazing pool or at an Orioles game. Email:

James Wright, MFA

James Wright has taught English composition, English as a Second Language (ESL), literature, and creative writing in community centers, public schools, and universities in Japan, China, Malaysia, and the United States. As a university multilingual writing specialist, he focuses on translingual pedagogy and curriculum development, global literacies, and the politics of multilinguality. His current research interests include the neurology of multilinguality and university contingent educator advocacy. In the UMB Writing Center, James serves as the assistant to Director Isabell May, trains consultants to work with writers from diverse backgrounds, and supports these writers through individual consultation and advocacy for university policies and practices consistent with the multilingual realities of learning and working in the 21st century. He lives with his spouse Tania and daughter Daniela in Baltimore City, where they speak Spanish, English, and Japanese, insist on immigrant American rights, and celebrate Ecuadorian-inspired food, music, and dance. Email: