2022-23 Writing Fellow for MA Students in Political Science

Ariel G. Mekler is completing her doctorate in political science and women and gender studies. Her research interests include queer transnational scholarship, LGBTIQ+ politics, and international institutions. Since joining the Graduate Center, she’s served as a Graduate Student Member at Large for the ISA-LGBTAQ Caucus and as a Mellon Humanities Fellow with the Graduate Center Publics Lab. She currently serves on the board of CLAGS: the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the GC, CUNY and has presented her research at the New York State Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the American Political Science Association. Ariel is the recipient of the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Endowed Fund award and John H.E. Fried Memorial Fellowship in International Human Rights for her preliminary dissertation research examining the development of LGBTIQ+ rights at the United Nations. Her publications have appeared in edited collections such as the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies and the forthcoming International Organization and Global Governance 3rd edition.

The Political Science Program MA Writing Fellow will assist our students in transitioning from undergraduate- to graduate-level writing.  Support will be provided for a variety of areas including structuring and organizing of papers, citing sources, coping with writer’s block, performing close readings of texts, and crafting thesis statements.  Additional support will be available for those new to writing conference papers as well as students working on their MA theses.

Ariel Mekler will hold Fall 2022 office hours on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, from 10am-3pm in room 5200.06 and over zoom by appointment. You can contact her at amekler@gradcenter.cuny.edu.  She will offer an orientation and introduction at the beginning of each semester, and return for mid-semester and finals support. Writing consultation via email will be available throughout the year.

Ariel can only assist students who are enrolled as MA students in the Political Science Program at the Graduate Center.

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