Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer is the founder & coordinator of Shut Up & Write Tuesdays. From 2013 to 2015 she also hosted @SUWTues. Previously located in Australia, Siobhan is now Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Family Care at the University of Exeter (UK). She has qualifications in Psychology, Human Movement Studies, and Higher Education, and has previously worked in the community sector. Siobhan hates it when reviewers say her papers are well written and hates it even more when they don’t. When she’s not sticking pins in reviewer voodoo dolls, Siobhan can be found at yoga, baking up a storm in the kitchen, or curled up with a good book.
Dr Sharon McDonough was a guest host for @SUWTues from 2013 to 2015 and took over as main host in 2016. Sharon is a Lecturer in Education at Federation University (Ballarat, Australia) who is interested in the way pre-service teachers, teachers, and academics develop and reframe their identities. When asked to provide a bio, Sharon said “I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. I lied about the pina coladas, I prefer cherry beer. I hate having my photo taken and can usually be found hanging out on my olive farm, baking, crafting, reading and rambling. I like people who engage in the academic circle of niceness rather than the academic circle of assholery.”
Dr Rebecca Jefferson is currently on maternity leave. She was previously the host of @SUWTUK and is a Senior Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK).
Dr Emma McKinley is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Chichester (UK) and co-host of @SUWTUK. She has a background in marine and coastal sciences and her work focuses on understanding ecosystem services and marine planning, public perceptions of marine issues, and the application of marketing practices to marine conservation. Outside of work, Emma is usually found walking along the local beach, travelling across the UK and Ireland to visit family and friends, and, at the moment, wedding planning!
Catherine Talbot is a PhD student at the University of Exeter (UK) and co-hosts @SUWTUK. Her PhD research explores how people with dementia are using social media. Catherine is interested in all things social media and her research interests have included #thinspiration, pro-self-harm content, and catfishing. When she’s not working, Catherine can be found inside a quirky coffee shop, appreciating street art, or exploring various parts of the UK (and uploading all of this to her Instagram account).
Dr Jennifer Goff is the co-host of @SUWTNA. She is a dual US/Canadian citizen with a BA in Drama and English from University of Portland, an MA in Theatre from University of South Carolina, and a PhD in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is an actor, director, teacher, and scholar who recently co-founded a new journal for emerging scholars in theatre and performance studies titled Etudes. When she’s not studying dramatic literature, feminist theory, comic theory, or contemporary Russian theatre, she can be found teaching at Virginia Tech, or supplying inner monologues for her cats.
Dr Kylie Smith is the co-host of @SUWTNA. Kylie is an Australian living in Atlanta, where she works as Assistant Professor and the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities at Emory University. Kylie has a BA with a double major in English and History and an Honours degree in Australian history. Her PhD was a psychosocial analysis of risk behaviour in young people in Australian history and her current work at Emory traverses disciplines of history, bioethics, and critical theory. She is also working on one or two books about the history of mental health in the USA In her spare time Kylie is a crazy dog lady (her words, not ours!) and knits so she doesn’t stab people.
Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren is a regular guest host for @SUWTues. She is also Senior Research Officer (Pacific People’s Health) at James Cook University (Cairns, Australia). Michelle recently completed her PhD and works with women in Papua New Guinea to explore HIV prevention options. Michelle has qualifications in Social Work (BSW, MSW) and has lived and worked in Solomon Islands, PNG, Torres Strait Islands, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Kosovo. When not working, Michelle can be found riding her bike, reading her latest Book Club book, or scoring for junior cricket.