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Meet Our Editorial Board

Maija Brown

Writing Initiative Coordinator | Community of Scholars Program

Maija Brown, Ph.D.,  leads the Writing Initiative for the Community of Scholars Program where she strives to foster inclusive writing communities, while also providing individual writing support for COSP Scholars. As an educator (University of Minnesota, Macalester College), Maija has taught theater/dance courses that examine histories of race and gender in performance, and has facilitated movement/embodiment workshops, for over a decade. Her current scholarly interests include using a social justice lens to examine the intersection between embodiment and writerly voice. Maija has written for the Walker Art Center’s 4th Wall, Good Job (a Twin Cities dance publication),  and most recently, in 2020, facilitated writing workshops for the Northern Lights Organization series, Artists on the Verge (AOV11).  

Ngawang Y. Gonsar

Graduate Writing Consultant

Ngawang Y. Gonsar is a Science Education Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota and serves as a Graduate Writing Consultant in the Community of Scholars Program (COSP). She is also a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College in the Department of Biology. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and earned a Master of Science degree, focusing on developmental biology. Her research interests are in investigating equitable science learning and teaching practices that promote students’ inclusiveness and engagement, particularly for students from underrepresented communities. She is currently examining the influence of cooperative learning methods in the laboratory space and exploring how students learn and co-construct knowledge in small peer group settings.

Kassandra Chhay

Graduate Student

Kassandra Chhay is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Culture and Teaching program. She received her M.A and B.A. in Anthropology and Certificates on Southeast Asian (SEA) Studies and Peace and Social Justice Studies. Chhay is a current Provost’s Professional Education Diversity Fellow and Doctoral Student Editorial Review Board member for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. Her research interests include the educational experiences of SEA students, disaggregated data of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students, cultural identities, and community-based learning. She seeks to use her educational and professional background to develop strategies on developing a culturally relevant curriculum.

Sean Cameron Golden

Graduate Student

Sean Cameron Golden is a doctoral student in Literacy Education at the University of Minnesota. There he explores how storytelling (in all its forms) can help to restore narratives to breathe life into the Black Queer Diaspora– for all the queer kids out there still searching. As a part of his work in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, he focuses on forms of multimodal writing, as his students in the course Global Stories of Education work through the issues young people face in different educational institutions. Sean is also part of the esteemed KidLitLab! housed in the C&I library; their mission is to help everyone experience the joy of publishing their own children’s book.  

Kristen Reynolds

Graduate Student

Kristen Reynolds is a first-year student in the American Studies Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota. A proud HBCU graduate, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English Literature. Her research interests are focused on radical Black imaginaries, philosophies of technology, and speculative narratives. Creatively, she writes speculative fiction that explores Queer folks navigating worlds deeply impacted by climate crisis. She is excited to be a part of the COSP community. 

Thomas Seweid-DeAngelis

Graduate Writing Consultant

Thomas Seweid-DeAngelis is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies, a writing consultant for the Community of Scholars Program, and a graduate school application coach. He graduated from CUNY Brooklyn College with a major in Sociology. His research inquires into the relationship between Blackness, Muslimness, and the terrorist subject in the contemporary United States. As a graduate school application coach, Thomas instructs people on writing the graduate school statement of purpose and provides engaged feedback and edits throughout the process. He is especially interested in helping writers find what they most urgently need to say and instilling a sense of deeper awareness around their writing practices.