Lawrence Stanley

Interim Director, Senior Lecturer in English, and Co-Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program

Lawrence received his B.A. in English from Covenant College; a Masters in English from the University of Maine; and a PhD in Philosophy and English Language and Literature (1992) from the University of Oxford.  He is the 2004 receipient of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown.

Janet Peters


Janet received her B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. She is the 2013 recipient of the Wilson DeBlois Award for her work with graduate students. Janet manages the Writing Center, the Writing Fellows Program, Excellence at Brown, and academic tutoring programs. 


Rachel Toncelli

Director English Language Learning

Rachel received her B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology (1995) from Tulane University; a European Masters in Anthropology (1996) from the Università degli studi di Firenze; and an M.Ed. in Adult ESL (2007) from Rhode Island College.  She taught ESL abroad and at the Johnson & Wales University English Language Institute, as well as a  wide variety of Italian language and ESL teacher preparation courses at Rhode Island College.  

Joel Simundich

Graduate Student Assistant Director/Proctor 2015-16

Joel Simundich is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at Brown University.  In past years, Joel has served as Assistant Editor for the journal NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction as well as a facilitator for the Mellon Dissertation Workshop, “Disability Studies and the Body in Theory.” He is currently a fellow for the 2015-2016 Pembroke Center Research Seminar, "Fatigue."

Jessica Tabak

Graduate Student Fellow, Writing Fellows Program

Jessica Tabak is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English, where she studies the ways Renaissance writers used poetry to express painful experience. Jessica teaches courses in composition, Renaissance literature, disability studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She has served as a Graduate Associate at Brown's Writing Center for five years and was a New Associate Mentor in the pilot year of the Center's mentoring program. 

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Writing Center Staff

Janet Peters, Manager Writing Support/Tutoring Programs
 JWW 213C by appointment
Rachel Toncelli, Director English Language Learning
 JWW 213B by appointment