in debt.
underpaid.
overworked.

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The Team
Chelsea Brandwein
Chelsea Brandwein

Chelsea is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Classics with a Language & Literature emphasis. She has served as a Resident Assistant (RA) for three years in UCSB’s campus-owned housing and knows all too well the strain on college student workers to maintain a well-balanced college experience. Brandwein is most excited to learn about the experiences of other RAs through this project and to take a critical look at the emotional and risk-oriented side of labor. To this project, Brandwein brings skills in journalism, lifestyle writing and blogging and a deep appreciation for the sacrifices students make to include employment in their undergraduate experience.

Erika Carlos
Chelsea Brandwein

Erika is a 5th year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She studies Psychology, Comparative Literature, Professional Writing, and Multimedia Design. She's held nine paid, five unpaid, and two for-credit labor positions throughout college and is excited to share the stories of the many other students that have also considered themselves workers first and students second. After college, she hopes to continue pursuing work that brings awareness and promotes equality to issues in labor, education, and immigration. She serves as the project's multimedia designer.

Nastacia Schmoll
Nastacia Schmoll

Nastacia graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2014 with a degree in English and Slavic Studies. While attending UCSB she worked two jobs, one on campus and one off, often clocking over thirty hours a week. As the daughter of veterans, she benefited from the College Tuition Fee Waiver; however, having to jump through loopholes to make ends meet and graduate without debt has made her aware of student exploitation by employers and the deleterious effects of working conditions on students' mental and physical wellbeing. As a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and aspiring writer, she is excited to be a part of the All Worked Up team and hopes this project will shine light on the many different issues facing student workers and promote the agency of and generate support for the student community.

Heather Steffen
Heather Steffen

Heather is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of English and a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on academic labor, the history of the U.S. university, and twentieth-century American literature. She is currently at work on a book project, The Emergence of Academic Labor: Criticism and Work in the Progressive Era University, and on articles about doctoral education reform and undergraduate research. At UCSB, Heather teaches courses like Intellectual Labor and the Work of Literature, Writing and Ethics, and Writing for the Humanities. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Chelsea and Erika as the All Worked Up project's faculty mentor and lead researcher.

Special Thanks

Our project is supported by Raab Writing Fellowships from the UCSB Writing Program and a UCSB Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grant. We are also truly grateful to Madeleine Sorapure, Director of the UCSB Writing Program, and Karen Lunsford for her help facilitating our project.

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