People

Please note: For questions about add codes or courses, please contact the Writing Program Advisor, Audrey Youngblood (ayoungblood@hfa.ucsb.edu).

  • Lecturer
  • South Hall 1519
  • Lecturer

Christian Thomas is a lecturer in the Writing Program and the Associate Director of the Center for Digital Games Research. He teaches Academic Writing (WRIT 2), Rome: The Game (WRIT W 6R/ARTHI W 6R), How Games Tell Stories (INT 36GS), Writing and the Research Process (WRIT 50), Multimedia Writing (WRIT 105M), Writing for Public Speaking (WRIT 105PS), and Writing about Film (WRIT 109F).

  • South Hall 1401
  • Lecturer - Retired
  • Lecturer

Vickie Vértiz's writing is featured in the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, KCET Departures, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America literary prize in poetry. Vértiz teaches creative nonfiction, writing for Chicanx Studies. Her research interests include drag culture, feminist and queer art, film, and performance, experimental writing, and writing for community engagement. She earned an M.F.A. from UC-Riverside in nonfiction, a Master’s degree in public affairs from UT-Austin, and a B.A. in political science from Williams College.

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  • Lecturer

Martha Webber teaches Writing 1, 2, 105PD, 107B, and 107WC for the program. She has a PhD in English with a specialization in Writing Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and even an AA in Fashion Design). Her research on nonprofit organizations and literacy sponsorship has been published in Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. Her creative writing, including short humor, has appeared in journals including Slackjaw, Paper Darts, and Bending Genres.

  • South Hall 1510
  • Lecturer

Alison Williams primarily teaches media communications, including 107P, 105C, 107M, 107DJ, and 107V, as well as Writing 2. Alison comes to UCSB with a career in public relations and marketing for entertainment and advertising, and she holds an MFA Creative Writing and MA English from Chapman University. Her own writing has been published in literary, scholarly, and mainstream publications. 

  • Lecturer Emeritus - Retired

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