It is difficult to pinpoint when Christina’s love of writing began, but it became her vocation at the University of Florida, where she majored in English and minored in Classics and Medieval & Early Modern Studies. During her junior year, she earned the University Scholars award for her comparative study of the works of James Joyce and 19th-century Spanish writer Emilia Pardo Bazán. Her findings were published a few years later in Papers on Joyce, an international journal edited by the Spanish James Joyce Society. The following year, Christina wrote a senior thesis on the impact of music on Literary Impressionism. In recognition of her scholarship, she was awarded the Outstanding Four Year Scholars award.


After graduating summa cum laude, Christina earned her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. at Columbia University, where she completed a dissertation on British Modernism and religious experience. While at Columbia, Christina taught University Writing, a freshman composition course, and Literature Humanities, a rigorous survey of the Western canon. 

As a writing instructor and tutor, Christina challenges her students to think critically, deeply, and perceptively, arming them with strategies for transforming their ideas into well-organized and thoughtful prose. She is particularly passionate about cultivating in her students a love for the written word, a sense of the joy that comes from watching an abstract idea come alive on the page.

Writing well is an art, but it is also a learned skill, one that helps students achieve success in the college application process and throughout their lives” 

Since earning her Ph.D., Christina has worked as a college counselor, college essay specialist and writing tutor, tailoring her instruction to the particular needs and goals of each individual learner. She takes pride in her ability to bring out students’ unique voices while also isolating the skill areas they need to improve in order to convey their ideas effectively. Her approach is warm, empathetic, and collaborative; her goal is to empower students and college applicants with the tools they need to build sophisticated arguments and tell compelling stories. 


Ph.D., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature

Frederic Zeller Memorial Fellow, 2017-2018

Columbia Core Preceptor, 2016-2018

Marjorie Hope Nicolson Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2017 

M.Phil., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature

M.A., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature

B.A. (summa cum laude), University of Florida, English, minor in Classics, Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Outstanding Four Year Scholar

Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“Christina is patient, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. She works to understand every student’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and her feedback on writing is invaluable: concrete, thoughtful, and attentive. I appreciate that Christina always makes sure every student feels comfortable, respected, and valued.  ”  

Nicole, Freshman, Columbia University



Independent Extracurricular Capstone Project Development

Essay Writing

Close reading and literary analysis

College Composition

High School english

AP Capstone

AP English literature

Ap english language

Reading and writing fundamentals

Research skills

time management

Writing anxiety management