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Sabrina Soracco is Director of the Academic Services unit in the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. In this position, she teaches academic writing courses for graduate students and assists graduate students in the development of academic skills necessary for the successful completion of their doctoral programs such as academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication. She is also Co-Director, with Linda von Hoene, of Berkeley’s Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty. From 1991 to 2003, she was head of Berkeley’s Grant Proposal Advising and Outreach Program for graduate students. In this capacity she conducted campuswide and discipline-specific workshops and presentations on locating funding sources and on grant writing (both academic and nonacademic) and provided one-on-one consultations for graduate students applying for university and extramural grants and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanities). Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from UC Berkeley: she holds a B.A. in Linguistics, an M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures (with an emphasis on medieval Icelandic literature), and is currently completing her dissertation entitled “Female Identification and Male Melancholia: Shifting Constructions of Gender in Strindberg’s Naturalist and Expressionist Works.” ). For the past several years she has worked with a number of Japanese universities that have established programs for preparing future faculty.
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