CWPD Staff

Christine Crockett
Christine Crockett Ph.D.

Interim Director of The Center for Writing and Public Discourse
Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature

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Christine Crockett (CMC ’01) is a Visiting Professor of Literature and the Interim Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College. Her research interests include Eighteenth-Century literature and culture, Gothic literature, medical history, and writing studies. Her publications include “Medical Gothic: Genre and Gender Bending in Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya,” which appears in a special edition of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and “‘The Monster Vice,’” an examination of disability and Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein in Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature. Christine has presented her work at conferences internationally and is currently working on a book project titled Willful: Medical Literature and the Management of Desire in the English Novel, 1712-1837, which argues that medical literature and fiction of the eighteenth century contributes to a narrative of self-will that supports the development of liberal individualism. She is also in the process of researching material for an upcoming project which she has tentatively titled Medical Gothic, an exploration of the discursive exchange between medical literature and the Gothic novel during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As the Associate Director of the CWPD, Christine encourages students from all disciplines to communicate effectively and to be mindful of the ways in which their writing is part of public discourse. She finds it exciting and profoundly rewarding to be actively involved in the writing life, both as a scholar and as a resource for other writers at the very college where she earned her undergraduate degree.

Mellissa Martinez
Mellissa Martinez

Mellissa Martinez is the International Student Language Support Coordinator for Claremont McKenna College. She holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Language Studies. In addition to teaching English for over two decades in the United States, Japan, Italy and Guatemala, she has also taught Spanish, Italian and Linguistics in a variety of settings. Her syndicated column, Lex in the City, is in its fourth year of publication at The Claremont Courier. In this monthly publication, Mellissa explores the fascinating world of linguistics and the interconnectedness of language families. As a language writer, she has been invited to speak at local community colleges and organizations and in 2009, she was awarded second place in the nation for “Best Humorous Column” from The National Newspaper Association. A teacher, writer and language lover, Mellissa shares her contagious love of writing and words with Claremont McKenna College students from around the world.



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