Editorial Board


Dr. Lindsey Harding, editor-in-chief

Lindsey is the Director of the Writing Intensive Program at the University of Georgia. Her research and writing interests include composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and digital humanities. Her critical writing can be found in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and Harlot. Her flash fiction and stories have appeared in Spry, Soundings Review, Prick of the Spindle, The Boiler, and others. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and four small children. You can find her online at www.lindseymharding.com.

Josh Bedford, managing editor

Josh is a third-year PhD student in Musicology at the University of Georgia. He is also working towards his certificate in Women’s Studies. Josh is a WIP TA for both Music and Women’s Studies this year. His research interests include Russian opera, ballet, and symphonic music, popular music and sexuality, and the voice. His dissertation focuses on the aesthetics of Socialist Realism and how gender is constructed in Russian stage productions (opera, ballet, or film) during the 1930s.

Alisha M. Cromwell, managing editor

Alisha is a PhD Candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation will reveal just how deeply the southern informal economy was shaped by enslaved Muslim women from West Africa. This project will lead to a new understanding of American history that moves from the strictly European origins of political economy to include the significant contributions of African commerce on our economic past.

Ashley Earley, managing editor, sciences

Ashley is a first-year PhD student in the Plant Biology department. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Her research interests include molecular biology and genetics of plants. She will be working as a teaching assistant for Introductory Biology courses in the spring.

Nicole Gallucci, managing editor

Nicole is a PhD student in the History Department. Her research focuses on encounters between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans during the early modern era. Her work considers how people communicated with and understood one another when meeting for the first time. She also examines the ways in which food, animals, microbes, flora, weather patterns, cognitive processes, landscape, and memory impacted and structured interactions between Natives and newcomers. When Nicole is not probing the complexities of early modern cross-cultural encounters, she is usually hanging out with her dogs or trying out new recipes.

Matt Just, managing editor

Matt is a first-year PhD student in the department of Mathematics at the University of Georgia. He is currently a teaching assistant for two mathematics education courses through the Writing Intensive Program. Matt’s research interests include combinatorial optimization, analytic number theory, and mathematical modeling in infectious disease epidemiology. He has published works in both mathematics and public health journals, and is passionate about interdisciplinary research between mathematics and other fields. Matt’s most recent work involves agent-based modeling of environmentally and directly transmitted pathogens to measure the effectiveness of shared sanitation interventions.

Nicole Lynn-Bell, managing editor, sciences

Nicole is a Microbiology graduate student. She’s currently in her third year working toward the completion of her PhD in the Oliver Lab (Entomology). Her interests broadly encompass various environmental topics, however, she has gained a special appreciation for the role of microbes in the environment through research experience. Goals of her dissertation include elucidating the effects of a bacterial symbiont (H. defensa) that confers protection to pea aphids against parasitoid wasps. Nicole has past experience with organizing outreach modules and as a graduate student she has mentored high school and undergraduate students in the completion of research projects. Having been a TA for organismal biology, she is interested in developing advanced teaching strategies and contributing more to student learning.

Sandra McGury, managing editor

Sandra is a PhD student in the Linguistics program and has mainly been teaching in the Department for Germanic and Slavic Studies. As a teaching assistant in the Writing Intensive Program, she supported a linguistics course on Contrastive Grammar: German – English. In addition to her teaching experience at UGA, Sandra has worked as the lead instructor and coordinator of the ESL program at Athens Technical College, and as an ESL teacher in several language schools throughout the US, Germany, and Ghana. Sandra is currently living in Germany where she is lecturing at the PH Freiburg and the DHBW while finishing her dissertation on the syntax of so-called tough constructions and passives.

Callie Oldfield, managing editor, sciences

Callie is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology. Her research concerns forest dynamics and response to disturbance in the eastern United States. She has published scientific articles on floristics, invasive species, and plant ecology, and she is also interested in urban sustainability and conservation. Callie is working towards an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. In her downtime, she enjoys playing with her cats, drawing, and volunteering at a local middle school.

Patrick Smallwood, managing editor, sciences

Patrick is a first year Ph.D. student in the department of plant sciences. His primary research interests are what factors impact the movement of genes among plant populations as well as what influences the distribution of plant species. Specifically, he is curious as to how symbiotic interactions, geographic features, climate change, and life history might influence population structure. Patrick will be a lab TA for freshmen biology courses in the spring of 2017 and looks forward to expanding his teaching experiences.

James B. Deemy, copy editor

James is a 4th year Water Resources PhD Student in the Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. He serves as a graduate laboratory / teaching assistant for a variety of courses, ranging from introductory non major organismal biology and biological marine sciences to quantitative hydrology. His dissertation research focuses on storm flow water quality / quantity and his teaching research focuses on use of writing assignments and conceptual modeling to teach scientific problem solving in both advanced and introductory science courses.

Joe Seale, copy editor

Joe Seale is a writer and teacher working on his PhD in the Creative Writing Program at UGA, where he currently serves as the Assistant to the Director of the Writing Intensive Program. He received his MA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2014 and his BA from the University of West Alabama in 2011. An author primarily of short stories, Joe is now working on something like a novel, and his primary research areas are in Southern and African-American literature, with a focus on gender and race studies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, The Spark, Dead Mule, The Southern Tablet, Red Fez, The Emerson ReviewEunoia, and others.

Lydia Stuver, undergraduate intern

Lydia Stuver is in her last semester at the University of Georgia. In December, she will graduate with an A.B. in English, a degree choice that was prompted by her love of British Literature. She is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and has been afforded many wonderful opportunities by UGA, including participation in the study abroad program at the University of Oxford. Lydia will always appreciate her few years spent in Athens, no matter where life takes her.


A. Kelly Lane, managing editor, sciences

Kelly is a PhD Candidate in the Genetics Department. Generally, she studies the evolution of the morphine pathway in opium poppy as a model for evolution of complex metabolite synthesis pathways in plants. Her additional research interests include improving the graduate student experience and methods in big data science. This year she is a TA for introductory biology lab for non-majors and is participating in a program for the Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching. Her long term interests include dissemination of science to the public and STEM education, although she spends most of her time caring for her two cats and puppy Tramp.

Karen Sesterhenn, copy editor

Karen graduated with an MA in linguistics with a focus on Indo-European historical linguistics from The University of Georgia in May 2016. She is now currently working as a Project Coordinator at Morningside Translations in New York, New York. She continues to copy edit submissions for The Classic as well as for The UGA Working Papers in Linguistics.